A proposal to increase the threshold for direct bid contracts with small businesses is headed to Gov. Mark Dayton.
Hennepin County has been working to hire more small business enterprises and veteran-owned small businesses for construction contracts, Pugh explained. However, the county is only allowed to use direct negotiation for a contract if it’s estimated to cost less than $100,000, per Uniform Municipal Contracting Law.
This bill would raise the threshold from $100,000 to $250,000 for all counties to use direct bidding, so long as the business is a certified small business enterprise or veteran-owned small business.
Pugh said the bill would bring more business to small-business owners.