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Local bid preference has hazards

Tulsa World
By World's Editorial Writers
Published: 6/14/2010 2:27AM
Last Modified: 6/14/2010 4:23AM

Mayor Dewey Bartlett wants an ordinance that would allow the city to give bidding advantages to local companies.

It would be a break from the long-held standard that government should award contracts to the lowest and best bidders, and a foot in the door for brother-in-law deals, but it's worth considering.

The state Legislature — with encouragement from Bartlett and his top aide, Terry Simonson — recently passed a measure that would allow state agencies to give preference to Oklahoma companies.

Such a preference has an emotional attraction... FULL ARTICLE


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