March 8, 2011

Horsford appoints "subcommittee" for examining state contracts

State Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford (D-North Las Vegas) challenged the transparency of no-bid contracts awarded by the Department of Taxation and Division of Employment Security.

According to the Las Vegas Sun, the state tax department awarded a $5.89 million no-bid contract to JP Morgan Chase to process and set up tax return accounts.

Horsford's beef didn't just have to do with transparency, he also questioned why the departments didn't give "other firms a chance to bid and possibly give the state a better deal."

Horsford then "appointed a subcommittee" to "further look into the state's handling of the contracts."

It's encouraging to see lawmakers from both sides of the aisle acknowledge the importance of transparency. We'll be sure to follow up and let you know what the subcommittee finds.