State deserves answers for no-bid contracts

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Opinion

May 28, 2018 - 11:00 PM

Kansas lawmakers should demand a thorough review of the state’s rules for awarding no-bid, sole-source contracts.

That message is clear from recent reporting in The Star and Wichita Eagle. During the past eight years, Kansas has authorized $550 million to buy products and services without competitive bids.

The purchases include technical services, consultants’ advice, software, fuel, even groceries. State officials have approved no-bid purchases more than 1,000 times.

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