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New York State Sets the Highest M/WBE Goals in the Country at 30 Percent

On October 1, 2014, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that his Administration is dramatically increasing its state contracting utilization goal for minority- and women-owned enterprises to 30 percent. The press release announcing this increase can be viewed here: http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/10114-mwbe-contracting

Interestingly, the current increase in the state contracting utilization goal is not based upon an updated disparity study. The last study was performed in 2010; based upon that study, the goal was set at 10%. Since 2010, the goal has tripled to 30% without the support of an updated disparity study. Can this be an election year?

On October 1, 2014, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that his Administration is dramatically increasing its state contracting utilization goal for minority- and women-owned enterprises to 30 percent. The press release announcing this increase can be viewed here: http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/10114-mwbe-contracting

Interestingly, the current increase in the state contracting utilization goal is not based upon an updated disparity study. The last study was performed in 2010; based upon that study, the goal was set at 10%. Since 2010, the goal has tripled to 30% without the support of an updated disparity study. Can this be an election year?

This new goal will place increasing pressure on contractors to develop compliant minority participation plans and I would not be surprised if there is increased scrutiny of those plans.

If you need assistance in developing a minority plan, a compliance program, or navigating M/W/DBE matters, feel free to contact Connell Foley’s New York Construction Law Group for guidance on this or any other construction related issue.

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