Monday, February 16, 2015

Amendment aimed at Supertalk?

The Old Warhorse actually pulled it off.  Representative Jerry Turner's bill that would reform the state contracting process passed the House last week. Bill status and language.  However, one little amendment was added from the floor.  Representative Cecil Brown (D-Moscow) offered an amendment that would require all state advertising and marketing contracts be opened up for competitive bidding if over $5,000.  The bill itself states that all contracts not exempted that are over $5,000 and has a different set of rules for those over $50,000: 

Purchases which involve an expenditure of more than Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00) but not more than Fifty Thousand Dollars ($50,000.00), exclusive of freight and shipping charges may be made from the lowest and best bidder without publishing or posting advertisement for bids, provided at least two (2) competitive written bids have been obtained. .....

(Section c)Purchases which involve an expenditure of more than Fifty Thousand Dollars ($50,000.00), exclusive of freight and shipping charges, may be made from the lowest and best bidder after advertising for competitive bids once each week for two (2) consecutive weeks in a regular newspaper published in the county or municipality in which such agency or governing authority is located...

(d) Lowest and best bid decision procedure.
(i) Decision procedure. Purchases may be made from the lowest and best bidder. In determining the lowest and best bid, freight and shipping charges shall be included. Life-cycle costing, total cost bids, warranties, guaranteed buy-back provisions and other relevant provisions may be included in the best bid calculation. All best bid procedures for state agencies must be in compliance with regulations established by the Department of Finance and Administration. If any governing authority accepts a bid other than the lowest bid actually submitted, it shall place on its minutes detailed calculations and narrative summary showing that the accepted bid was determined to be the lowest and best bid, including the dollar amount of the accepted bid and the dollar amount of the lowest bid. No agency or governing authority shall accept a bid based on items not included in the specifications.....

Kingfish note: DFA's website reports Telesouth got $455,178 in 2014 and  $692,896 in 2013.  It does not give an option to search 2015.  It is a little surprising this amendment passed the House.  Stay tuned.


Anonymous said...

If you're a conservative and don't like your federal tax dollars subsidizing the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, you ought to want SuperTalk to get by on its own.

It's nothing but an adjunct of Tate Reeves' office.

Anonymous said...

The Repugnanticans who rail on about funding MPB are the same ones who have no problem with the backdoor funding of MSGOP, aka, Supertalk radio.

Somehow I don't think Tate Reeves will do anything to derail considering the attacks he's been subjected to over the years by Paul Galtelli.

Kingfish said...

Adjunct of Tate Reeve's office?

You really are ignorant. Very ignorant.

Rack him.

Anonymous said...

It's nothing but an adjunct of Tate Reeves' office.

You obviously don't listen to the network.

pjm said...

i guess that's why sometime around 2013 Yay-tee stopped railing on MPB. Perhaps getting close to 700k placed in your coffers by the state made them reevaluate who they made fun of.

Kingfish said...

One guy made this comment:

I must have been listening to a different state-funded station that did nothing but play defense for the Barbours and that drooling fool, Thad

Won't disagree with you at all on that point as last year's Senate race brought that out. However, Supertalk has been pretty consistent in its Tate-hate over the years. Remember when the Senate had a bill about opening up state advertising to bids? The Supertalk bill? Gallo went nuts and dedicated a whole show to it.

Read this old post.

Anonymous said...

So, people believe there would be competitive bidding for contracts under $5000 and it'd be worth man hours to try to scare up competitors?

Does anybody really believe you're going to get competitive bids given the costs for making proposals at under $10000?

Does no one in our legislature live in the real world?

Let do save money getting the least competent people we can find!

Anonymous said...

Supertalk -- adjunct of Tate's office? That's the funniest thing I have seen in a while. He HATES Supertalk. And so do I. With that bit of idiotic commentary put aside, if Cecil's amendment makes Supertalk actually fund themselves without my tax dollars, consider me a supporter of Cecil's amendment.

Anonymous said...

I am sure the highway patrol will issue another emergency spending contract to supertalk so paul and jt can rail on about the evils of this bill. Supertalk hates Tate and he hates them. They will lose their minds talking about it.

Jay-Tee's Ghost said...

Kingfish obviously has a briar up his butt about Supertalk being in bed with Republicans. I smell a bit of jealousy.

Anonymous said...

My favorite taxpayer funded commercials on super talk are the medicaid commercials where the executive director carefully explains how medicaid works using a verbal cadence and words that are no more than K-5 level. I guess he knows his audience.

Anonymous said...

I listen to SuperTalk, but I don't think the state should be spending money advertising there, or anywhere. What is so important that it needs to be advertised?? And this is a different argument than PBS. PBS gets tax revenue to stay afloat, but provides no service to the government in return. At least money spent on SuperTalk is buying something--advertising, like any other business would buy.

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