Inequities in Transportation Stimulus Spending

Document Sample
Inequities in Transportation Stimulus Spending Powered By Docstoc
FEDERAL CONTRACTS (USDOT direct to qualified federal contractors only) Stimulus funds contracted for street, highway and bridge construction: Total: $163.8M Allocated to women-owned businesses: $9.7M (5.9%) Allocated to all minority-owned businesses: $16.8M (10.3%, including $4.7M or 2.9% to Hispanic-owned) Allocated to Hispanic-owned businesses: $4.7M (2.9%) Allocated to Black-owned businesses: 0 (Federal Procurement Data System Recovery Report) STATE CONTRACTS (granted by state DOTs, using federal ARRA funds) California “Minority contractors say they’re seeing only a small fraction of the stimulus dollars. Joel Ayala, head of the California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, told New America Media he was ‘not aware of a single one of our members who’s received a contract’ related to the stimulus package.” “Minority Contractors Unite to Demand Share of Stimulus Dollars,” New America Media Colorado “A $9 million bridge project funded with federal recovery dollars recently galvanized concerns in the minority construction community. … State engineers imposed a 7.5 percent minority hiring goal for that project. But [winning bidder] Sema committed only 1.4 percent.” “CDOT fails to meet minority hiring targets,” Denver Post Illinois IDOT goal for stimulus highway dollars going to disadvantaged business enterprises as prime contractors: 22.77% Actual: 9.6% Total stimulus dollars paid to subcontractors carrying out stimulus highway projects: $260,472,254 Percentage paid to minority-owned subcontractors: 7.88% Percentage paid to women-owned subcontractors: 3.45% Percentage paid to Hispanic-owned subcontractors: 2.44% Percentage paid to Black-owned subcontractors: 1.67% (“Are Stimulus Dollars Working for Minority Contractors in IL?” Chicago Public Radio) Minnesota “A MnDOT survey of contractors in late July shows the companies employed 114 people of color, down from 159 last year. The minority workers were just over 6 percent of the people employed, while minorities make up about 12 percent of Minnesota's population.” “MnDOT hiring of minority contractors declines again,” Minnesota Public Radio Missouri “[MoDOT] has awarded just 1 percent of stimulus contracts to minority contractors and 8 percent to businesses owned by women, according to the NAACP. Of the $198 million in subcontracts MoDOT has approved, 16 out of 183 have gone to minority-owned businesses.” “Feds looks into MoDOT’s stimulus contracts,” St. Louis Post-Dispatch BEYOND TRANSPORTATION FUNDING “Last month, the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University found that of $25 billion in federal stimulus funds distributed directly to private firms, only $1.6 billion went to black-, Hispanic- or womenowned businesses as of Oct. 11.” Obama wants stimulus projects to hire more minorities, women, McClatchy Newspapers

Description: Transportation Equity Network report on equities in stimulus spending