Preferred public works contractors get scrutiny

  • Article by: PAT DOYLE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 20, 2011 - 10:18 PM

"Disadvantaged business" status is a matter of control.

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uptownlogicNov. 20, 1110:19 PM

Owner shall have a knowledge and decision making power in DBE firms. Otherwise, they are hurting other DBE's and agencies/pretending DBE firms can get sued. Please screen fake DBEs so real DBE can get their fair share of work and spread wealth they deserve. Furthermore, start with suspicion with business with spouses. Unless wife has an significant work history or license, it could be a made up situation.

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marrmanNov. 20, 1111:20 PM

disadvantaged should be based on their tax returns, of both the company, CEO and the top ten money makers in the company.

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jimteacherNov. 21, 11 1:20 AM

Here's an idea: how about grant contracts to the companies that do the best quality of work for the least amount of money regardless of who owns the company and that way you could spare the taxpayers of having to pay for yet another bureacracy to police all this crap.

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dubsNov. 21, 11 3:59 AM

White, Black, Brown, Red, Male, Female, WHATEVER!!! Which ever company does the BEST work at a competetive price should get the contract. The state gets stuck with a lot of crappy work that costs us more in the long run when we do not use the best people for the job. I can attest to this as I live with the end result every day at work.

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jbpaperNov. 21, 11 4:40 AM

"Mike Spack, who worked as a traffic engineer for Maple Grove, said his wife, Jane, owned the firm "and I was helping her out" but she "quickly became a stay-at-home mom and I took over.""---- Was he working for Maple Grove at the same time he was running the company? Nothing like working for the gov't while running a company contracted with the gov't.

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jbpaperNov. 21, 11 4:42 AM

When are non-union companies going to be considered DBEs? When it comes to gov't contracts, they are at a far greater disadvantage than firms with minority owners.

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nogophersNov. 21, 11 6:02 AM

The vast majority of so called m/wbe firms are scams. The government is complicit in this. The taxpayers and legitimate firms get hosed.

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wunderdudeNov. 21, 11 6:53 AM

The state makes these ridiculous requirements and then the taxpayer gets hosed. Is there anything government does right?

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fjohnsone42Nov. 21, 11 7:31 AM

I've worked with companies that are legitimately owned by a minority but mostly hires non-minorities. And I've worked with a white owned company that employs mostly minorities. Who is helping minorities more?

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whadjawantNov. 21, 11 7:45 AM

jbpaper - "Nothing like working for the gov't while running a company contracted with the gov't." =================================================== that would be running government like a business. under the : you legally (letter of the law) rub my back... and I'll legally (letter of the law) rub yours ..... Clear that letter of the law dirt-eating grin off the face of business America and have them follow the spirit of the law ... then we have a discussion.

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