Unions Upset Over Out-Of-State Contracts
By STEPHEN SINGER
AP Business Writer
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Organized labor hopes to turn up the heat on Gov. Daniel P. Malloy and the legislature over out-of-state companies winning contracts for state-financed construction projects.
Charles LeConche, business manager for the Connecticut Laborers’ District Council, is angry that a $130 million contract for construction along the bus-only route between Hartford and New Britain has gone to a Massachusetts company. Unions have been major supporters of the overall $567 million project aimed at boosting Connecticut jobs.
A spokesman for the state Department of Transportation says officials are required to award contracts to the “lowest responsible” bidder to ensure the best value regardless of a contractor’s location.
He says that’s what delivers the best product at the best possible price for taxpayers.
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