Minnesota's state Capitol restoration project failing diversity test

  • Article by: Alejandra Matos , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 1, 2013 - 8:03 PM

The state is taking part of the blame for the missed target at the Capitol, saying its monitoring of restoration contract fell short.

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cedarlakersApr. 1, 13 8:21 PM

Diversity?!! How about they hire the best, most capable people to do the project, regardless of age, sex, creed, height, weight, or color? Pathetic, pathetic, pathetic. Forced diversity is corrosive.

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pipdipchipApr. 1, 13 8:46 PM

Ugh. Just hire the best workers. I don't understand these "diversity tests".

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jbpaperApr. 1, 13 8:52 PM

If you don't hire someone because they are a minority, it is racism and against the law. If you hire someone because they are a minority, it is diversity and required. Yea, that makes sense.

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blahstateApr. 1, 13 8:57 PM

The premise of the diversity test is racist. Political correctness will be our downfall.

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olson123456Apr. 1, 13 9:10 PM

That is one agency that can go away. For good.

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klondikekidApr. 1, 13 9:29 PM

If you wish to better understand why governments at all levels are in the dire straights we find them today...and if you want to know why most large, publically financed projects are astronimical in price and if you want to better understand how the America of not all that long ago built the world's largest economic power with very limited public resources, look no further than this. We built our modern transportation system and most educations buildings 40+ years ago at a time when eager businesses awaited opportunities to bid on limited numbers of projects; costs (relatively speaking) were much less and our capacity to fund them much greater because we entrapped in a leftwing utopia.

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huggybear28Apr. 1, 13 9:38 PM

As a minority, I am appalled by these requirements. Hire the person who will do the best work. The issue is every one of these government projects from buildings to roads have these diversity requirements. This costs taxpayers millions. These DBE (Disadvantaged Business Enterprise) requirements need to end. This is not only an issue at the state level but also at the federal level where any project using federal money has these requirements.

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melabill2Apr. 1, 13 9:45 PM

I have worked most of my working years on various projects that required certain percentages of minority hiring. I have never seen the value of that, To me, an employer should hire the best people available. When one is bidding on a project like this, one has to have an idea of what kind of production he is able to get out of his workers. If one has to use less skilled workers than he is used to, how does anyone expect that employer to intelligently bid. I understand the logic behind minority hiring, but one has to be reasonable about it also. Give the jobs to the best qualified person, regardless of race or sex. That will certainly get the best "bang for our buck"

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shushyn78Apr. 1, 1310:07 PM

How diverse is the committee monitoring the diversity requirements?

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uptownlogicApr. 1, 1310:31 PM

I recall the article that Minneapolis has the most unemployment disparity for last few years and it is a shame. For those who don't prefer any DBE program, call your Rep. In capital and stop complaining here. In global perspective, using and having programs like minority requirement is a MUST as long as that business can do the work. There is a Big reason why smart politicians made this regulations. If you don't like it, see you in Wisconsin.

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