Monday, October 4, 2010

Privatizing land-use permit reviews: Good idea or bad?

New Jersey's Department of Environmental Protection has a plan to use private contractors to review land-use permit requests. It's drawing heat from environmentalists who say its sneaky way to get around civil service requirements and it undermines independent environmental protections.

Perhaps an overlooked question is: Will it make DEP's more responsive and wouldn't this benefit the state's economy and the public? 

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