A firm that preaches competition and privatization to governments and commercial clients has made a pitch to a legislative committee. The Sub-Committee on Competitionand Privatization is investigating ways of reducing costs in state government and increasing quality of services through use of private resources with certain aspects of state government. Cornell Companies, which advises both governments and commercial clients, wants to take on Missouri as a client to make this a reality. Cornell President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Jenkins says competition is always a positive force – even if it doesn’t involve privatization. Jenkins says lack of competitioncan have negative consequences, such as stagnation. The Committee expects to issue an interim report on its plans by January 15th.