I love you.
who defends no bid contracts other than the people who directly financially benefit from them? people were hating you over THIS? were they all contractors?
People hate for no good reason, Josh is awesome
And one, Feit. And one.
Could you explain this in simpler words? I want to understand. Seriously. I am not being sarcastic-just a young mind looking for the deeper issues. Thanks.
i wish i were like you, easily amused...
Haters with unsubstantive arguments can and should be ignored.
#5, basically some public officials needed lobbying (or did they?), so they decided to award a $100,000 contract to their lobbyist friends.
The problem is that instead of saying "Hey everyone, we need X amount of lobbying, make us an offer" they went straight to their friends. If there had been actual competition involved I'm guessing it would not have been $100,000 worth of lobbying.
At best they're bad business people (do you always go with the first price you're quoted?). At worst they're laundering public money to their friends.
It's nice to see local public officials reading the Stranger's political postings...
Josh, I'd say you should be giving yourself a big 'ol pat on the back right now.
@10: I'm pretty sure he just did.
did you see how HOT senator hobbs was? wow.
Umm, not to throw cold water on this delightful parade, but how much do you suppose it costs to bid out a $100,000 contract? You have to advertise it, then have staff screen responses, then pull together an evaluation panel, then interview respondents, then enter into negotiations. I'm not saying it's not worth it, but really, how much do you think you're going to save? This is a Tim Eyman Republican wet dream (waste and fraud! waste and fraud!). If you think bidding out $100,000 contracts is going to free up enough money to house the homeless, think again.
Point isn't the $100K. Point is they shouldn't have done it the way they did it. You accept a certain amount of bureaucratic cost as a necessary expense to make sure that the process is open - who knows, maybe that company would have won the bid anyway?
But you don't do no-bid contracts in cases like this.
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