They didn't build that, but they get to charge for it. Is Bush era socialism sweeping Chicago?

Private corporations are in charge of the parking meter's in Chicago. And while they didn't build the street, or the meter's or even pay for enforcement (the local tax payer pays for the policing) they do get to collect the money. What are your thoughts? And is this a microcosm of a bigger issue, where the cost of production is moved to the tax payer while the private corporation makes the profit? From source: "For the fifth year in a row, the private managers of Chicago's parking meters are gouging us with another rate hike, and we've retained the title of the most expensive parking meters in the U.S. As if that isn't bad enough, the 2013 price surpasses that of Vancouver's, making Chicago's the most expensive parking meters in North America. "On-street metered parking rates will increase in 2013 to $2.00 per hour for 82% of the city, $4.00 per hour near downtown and $6.50 per hour in the downtown area," a spokesperson for Chicago Parking Meters, LLC told Chicagoist. The transition will start downtown and move outward with all meter prices rising by the end of February."

Asked By: 17R3W - 1/4/2013
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It's happening everywhere, Government functions being contracted out to private interests. Parks, campgrounds, prisons, even wars. This is a huge cost to taxpayers as private companies have a profit motive. The workers who actually do the work are paid less and have less benefits, yet the cost to the taxpayer is... More
Answered By: wyldfyr - 1/4/2013
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Chicago is full of democrats. So its probably a democrat gouging other democrats. Think about it. Obama defended a slum lord in Chicago. I paid $40 to park in New Orleans last week. $2.00 an hour is really not that bad in a big city. Democrats want every one to use their bikes or take the bus, another way to gouge... More
Answered By: celeste1070 - 1/4/2013
$2/hour for on-street parking? BFD, that's chump change compared to San Francisco.
Answered By: Edgar - 1/4/2013
pull your head out of your buttocks and look up the word "kickback".......
Answered By: head for the mountains - 1/4/2013
Leave it to a liberal to blame this on Bush. Unbelievable.. Yet no mention the son of a terrorist for a mayor.
Answered By: meg - 1/4/2013
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