2/10/17 The Federation Friday (Feb. 10) registered support for HB 1158, which would repeal Initiative 200, the 1998 ballot measure ended Affirmative Action which was seen as favoring underserved groups but has actually resulted in unfair treatment of women and minorities in public employment, education and contracting.
Bill sponsor Rep. Sharon Tamiko Santos used the example of state contracts for goods and services that have gone to minority- or women-owned businesses.
The number of those contracts plummeted from 13.31 percent in 1998 to 2.89 percent in 2016. The number of women- and minority-owned businesses has also declined by more than half, from about 5,000 in 1998 to about 2,400 last year.
This undercuts economic recovery, she told the House Capital Budget Committee.
“This is jobs growth for some and not for all...,” she said.
“The passage of this initiative enhanced and entrenched discrimination as a matter of public policy in the state of Washington.”
No one spoke against HB 1158.
Also at the hearing:
- The Federation registered its opposition to HB 1008 that would require the Parks Commission or Department of Natural Resources to sell off an equal amount of land when proposing to buy new land for the public good in counties. Recreation and conservation groups joined in opposition.
- And the Federation registered support for HB 1936 modifying the state’s low bidder criteria for procurement of goods and services to require the contractor is in compliance with wage payment laws.