Missouri Senators Oppose Contracting Edge for Veterans

8 years 6 months 3 weeks ago Wednesday, April 27 2011 Apr 27, 2011 Wednesday, April 27, 2011 1:46:00 PM CDT April 27, 2011 in News
By: Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Several Missouri senators are opposing a measure that would make it easier for businesses owned by veterans to win state contracts.

Many state contracts for purchases or services are awarded using a point system. The legislation discussed Wednesday would give a five-point bonus to bids from veteran-owned businesses
headquartered in Missouri.

Republican senators Jason Crowell, Kevin Engler and Jim Lembke all spoke against the bonus legislation, saying it would create an unfair advantage for a small group of people and could increase state spending. The Senate set the bill aside without voting on it.

The House approved the measure with no opposition last month.

Supporters say the bill is intended to help veterans rejoin their communities after they return home from conflicts.

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