R.I. needs to get with the times on minority contracting

The state historically has failed miserably in ensuring minority-owned businesses get their fair share of tens of millions of dollars in state contracts. That looked to finally be changing when, for the first time in more than 30 years, Rhode Island met the 10% target for state contracts in fiscal years 2018 and 2019. But

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  1. There is no comprehensive business data set for policy makers to even evaluate the program. There is no analytics position at the state within the CIO office. No organization this size can operate without an analytics team in this day and age.