Democrats Back Plan To Aid State Businesses
by Associated Press
February 07, 2013 3:05 PM
A plan to give Iowa businesses help to win some state purchasing contracts is getting support from Democratic legislators.
Under the legislation touted Thursday by Sen. Liz Mathis of Robins, if an in-state firm bids slightly higher than an out-of-state business to provide goods, then the state would have to offer the local firm the opportunity to match the lower bid.
Mathis says the change would apply to purchases of under $500,000 for items like office supplies or computers. She says the plan, which failed to get approval last year, would help Iowa business owners.
Republican House Speaker Kraig Paulsen says House lawmakers will consider the bill if it passes the Senate, but he says he has gotten feedback that Iowa employers are concerned about the proposal.