Socrates Garrett defended minority set-aside contracts in this Youtube video. The video was recorded at a business development conference.
Meanwhile, a group of black ministers and others gathered on the steps of Jackson city hall yesterday and demanded Jackson and Hinds County provide more business to black business owners. The Clarion-Ledger reported:
A group of local African-American ministers and business owners joined forces Wednesday to urge Jackson and Hinds County to provide more business opportunity for African-American companies.
"A larger share of work should go to African-Americans," said Bishop Ronnie Crudup, flanked by other ministers and business people outside Jackson City Hall. "If they don't get business, they can't improve themselves."
Crudup said members of the group have talked to Mayor Tony Yarber and Jackson City Council members.....
"It's something that has been coming on for a long time," Pickett said. "The lion's share of business doesn't go to African-Americans."
Crudup said the state of Jackson — with the city's budget problems and companies leaving the city — brought about the effort.
Jackson businessman James Covington said one thing the city, Hinds County and the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority can do is a disparity study to determine the need for more contracts for African-American businesses. Covington also said public entities have the ability, at their sole discretion, to award professional service contracts and contracts on opportunities below $50,000 using two quotes and those under $5,000 using one quote. Rest of article.
Learned nothing and forgot everything. Sole-source and no-bid contracts are one of the largest sources of corruption in Mississippi. Reporters are known to omit key facts and the story was written by Jimmie Gates but it appears not one word was said about providing the best service or best price to the city.