Introduced by Rep. John Garfield (R) on March 6, 2007, to prohibit government agencies from competing against private enterprises, or subsidizing any charitable or not-for-profit institution that would use the support to compete against private enterprises. Activities normally provided by government would be exempted, including "essential services" and "necessary services," both defined in the bill. "Vital services," including things like food stores, drugstores, child care, elder care, and telecommunications services could only be provided if there were no private sector alternatives. Privatization of essential and necessary services would be explicitly allowed, including water supply, sewers, garbage and trash removal, recycling, utilities, streets and roads, public transportation, correctional facilities, fire departments, emergency services, and medical services. A private enterprise could sue to obtain an injunction forcing the government competitor to stop, and would only have to show prima facie evidence that the government entity is or is planning to compete, not that the private enterprise has been damaged. Governments already providing commercial goods or services would be grandfathered, but could not expand.
Referred to the House Government Operations Committee on March 6, 2007.
Re: 2007 House Bill 4398 (Ban government competition with private enterprises ) by TaterSalad on September 26, 2012 Here is how Michigan tries to attract business's from other states.............by use of taxpayers money while this state is Union state. Guess who has the advantage here......the Unions!
Re: 2007 House Bill 4398 (Ban government competition with private enterprises ) by bill35 on September 20, 2012 I think the ban is so good to see. There is so many changes that need to happen with it. I hope we can work with the government to push this ban. Great idea on this. Ottawa alarm security systems
House Bill 4398 is a "MUST" by Anonymous Citizen on July 21, 2008 This bill is just what this state needs. Not only is governmental competition unfair, true cost accounting is rarely (if never) taken into consideration. Government, on all levels, should not be competing with the private sector. The outcome of such competition results in the prevention of small businesses starting, their growth, and ultimately their lack of sustainability. This bill would not only benefit the private sector, but also all levels of government. (Taxpayer savings/ increase in tax base [income,personal,real,sales, etc.]/ jobs/ growth/ etc.) The benefits could go on and on, but is summed up perfectly in this bill, "Private enterprise is necessary to the health, welfare, and prosperity of this state."