Whitmer directive favors in-state companies for contracts

Michigan
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ROSEVILLE, Mich. (AP) — Michigan companies bidding to do work for state government will get more of an edge under a change made by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

She signed the “Michigan Jobs First” directive Monday at a power-line contractor in the Detroit suburb of Roseville.

She says 70% of state contracts are awarded to Michigan businesses — a percentage she wants to increase.

Her directive expands the list of factors to determine if a bid from a potential supplier would provide the best value. State officials immediately will take into account the overall economic impact of a bid, workers’ wages and benefits, a company’s track record of labor and environmental compliance, and its commitment to economically disadvantaged areas.

The state last year issued more than 8,800 contracts worth $2.1 billion.

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