A new bill in Olympia would give Washington contractors a leg up in bidding for public projects.
Click here to see the bill language.
HB 1809, which has a companion bill in the Sente, was referred to committee today. A hearing hasn’t been scheduled yet.
The bill says that the state or local governments “shall award a contract to the responsible bidder with the lowest responsive bid after a resident contractor preference of seven percent has been applied.”
The intent, of course, is to support businesses that’ll pay state workers and reinvest in our state’s economy. But what about businesses based in Portland and Coeur d’Alene, which likely still do business in urban areas of Washington just over the line?
What do you think?