Missouri study finds discrimination in government contracting

Jay Nixon | Courtesy of Creative Commons
Jay Nixon | Courtesy of Creative Commons

Racial and gender discrimination continue to affect Missouri’s issuance of government construction contracts, according to a study conducted by a California consulting firm and released by the state’s Office of Administration. The study, commissioned by Gov. Jay Nixon and funded by the General Assembly, aimed to review the state’s inclusion of minority- and women-owned business enterprises in the issuance of government contracts awarded as well as make recommendations on how the process can be improved to increase inclusion.

“In our judgment, the state has a strong basis in evidence to continue its (minority- and women-owned business enterprises) program and to employ narrowly tailored remedies to ameliorate discrimination,” the study’s authors wrote.

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