Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett has created a committee to examine if privatizing some Pennsylvania services would generate savings for the state. Currently New Jersey, Arizona, Louisiana, and Virginia all have privatized state services to trim costs.
In July 2011, New Jersey identified $210 million in potential savings by privatizing state parks, turnpike toll collections, and child support services. Arizona recently looked into allowing a private company to run the state lottery.
The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections currently issues contracts for inmate health services, halfway house programs and drug and alcohol programming. Governor Corbett stated that while he would not privatize correctional officers in state prisons he would consider looking for other ways to save money, such as privatizing the food service departments.
There is currently a bill to sell state liquor stores pending in the Pennsylvania House (Pittsburgh Post Gazette, 8/1/2011).