March 19, 2012
Lobbyists In Florida Work To Privatize Public Libraries
Budget cuts across the country have provided a new opportunity for corporations looking to cash in. Radio station WMFE reports that Osceola County in Florida recently moved to adopt a privatization effort as a result of budget cuts.
Library Systems and Services, a private company based in Maryland, won the contract to administer six county libraries for five years. Republic Report reviewed state ethics reports in Tallahassee, and found that the firm was helped by the services of Robert R. Reynolds, a registered lobbyist: