Cal Thomas' column today on privatizing government functions and assets should prompt the Legislature to consider other budget options. Privatizing government services doesn't always save money, as the state learned when it privatized foster care, but it might in some cases. Kansas also has assets, including the Kansas Turnpike and university dorms, that it might sell. It might take too long to sell assets or privatize services to help the state cover next year's budget shortfall. But the budget problems likely will continue for several years, and the extra money or savings could come in handy then.