Stimulus Leaving Women, Minority Contractors Behind
Tuesday, March 09, 2010 - 08:00 AM
“The money doesn't trickle down to the economy like it should. Especially when the money's been earmarked for highway departments across this country, and the good old boy network is alive and well in those institutions.” That's what what the owner of an African-American owned construction company tells us. Minority communities have been hit hard by the recession, but they are receiving fewer of the stimulus project contracts doled out by the government. MPR News' Dan Olson is following this story in Minnesota, where transportation officials failed to direct even 8.5 percent of road and bridge construction business to companies owned by women and minorities. Today, The Takeaway looks at this nationwide.