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.

     (Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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