Privatization In Florida

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This case study will assess the government of Florida, a state government. It will touch on several important issues such as providing a general overview of how the government functions and what resources it provides, as well as some current issues the State of Florida is facing in government administration. Because the State of Florida is a state government, it tends to “resemble the national government in composition and organization of their executive branch agencies” (Milakovich, 2013, p. 21).
The work and services provided by the State of Florida include services for children and families, such as services concerning adoption, child abuse, children with disabilities, food stamps, and marriage/divorce. They also provide services involving
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Milakovich defines privatization as “a practice in which governments either join with, or yield responsibility outright to, private-sector enterprises to provide services previously managed and financed by public entities; a pattern especially evident in local government service provision, though with growing appeal at other levels of government” (2013, p. 39). This leads us to one of the issues facing the State of Florida: the privatization of prisons. The prison system in Florida has been slowly privatized and not much attention has been drawn to it until recently. A couple years ago, the state closed 19 prisons and many inmates were forced to move into old and rotting buildings. Some say that these privately owned prisons are more effiecient than state prisons and save money. Others believe that the profit they make off of the prison gives them a reason not to give prisoners gain time. This in turn creates more costs and causes employee turnovers. Another cause of controversy is some people’s belief that it is immoral to gain profit from human punishment. There are seven privately owned prisons in Florida as of…show more content…
He has also proposed that we strengthen a dike that surrounds Lake Okeechobee. I am not too keen on this idea. We have already seen that trying to control the flow of water can be harmful to other aspects of the environment, so this does not seem like the way to go in my opinion. I tend to side more with environmentalists’ opinion, which is that the best option is to simply step back and allow nature to correct the problem. That being said, nature will have an extremely hard time correcting this problem when all the things that caused the issue in the first place are still present. If this solution is to be effective, it is crucial that we get rid of the elements of the dilemma’s origin. Since the Everglades are such a valuable natural resource it is important that it be protected. Therefore, I believe that restrictions should be placed on the agricultural expansion that has been the main cause of the pollution. My solution would be to expand the area that agricultural industries are not allowed to touch. Once the negative component is cut out, the cycle of hurting and healing just to be hurt again will be broken. Then, and only then, will nature be able to take its course and neutralize the

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