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SENATOR GERALDINE THOMPSON SEEKING TRANSPARENCY REGARDING MINORITY BUSINESSES
ORLANDO, Fla.— Frustrated by the state’s inability to provide basic demographic information on the recipients of billions of dollars in government contract awards, state Senator Geraldine Thompson (D-Orlando) on Wednesday announced that she is launching a drive to collect data directly from the governor on the percentage of state contracts that are awarded to women, minority and disadvantaged business enterprises. She has made a number of requests for this information in the Committee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development, and was informed that the information is not available through Transparency Florida.
In a recent meeting with Governor Rick Scott, Senator Thompson pointed out that the roughly $70 billion that funds contracts for goods and services in Florida comes from residents and visitors to the state.
“The people who contribute to the tax base in Florida include women, ethnic minorities, veterans and people who are disadvantaged. They put money into the tax base, and should have an opportunity to participate in business contracting opportunities. I’m talking about an issue of fairness and inclusion,” Thompson said.
“Without information on the utilization of businesses owned by these groups, we can’t assume we are dealing with a level playing field, and no one should be excluded from opportunities. If there are opportunities to enhance what we are doing in this area, we need to seize them. But first, we need measuring tools and a score card, and I am asking Governor Rick Scott to establish these accountability standards.”