The Myth about State Vendors

Believe it or not, not all services the state requires can be accomplished by private businesses located in our state. I know that may come as a shock to you, but that is just the way it is. Even if the state is purchasing a product or service from a state owned business, there is usually no requirements that business has to purchase other materials needed to complete the project in state. Just like private business, the state has to use the best resources available at the most reasonable price.

You may disagree with the state using a Minnesota firm for their idiotic meth campaign, but it likely went through proper channels. I have worked in printing for over 25 years, and the government, whether that is Federal, State or even local (like county, school and city) buys mountains of products out of state. I have bid on and won jobs from Minnesota, California, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, New York, and many more out of state agencies and cities including Portland and San Francisco. Even state private non-profit agencies like the Chamber and other trade organizations buy products from out of state.

While it is disheartening to many people, this ‘national’ commerce actually saves taxpayers money (or it should) because you are getting the best product for it’s value in a timely manner. That is NOT always the case (like the meth campaign), but most of the time. Simply saying we have to use a local firm could end up costing us a lot more in the end. Look at the administration building and Midco aquatic center, very expensive and both with issues, we used local contractors.

Just Sayin’



5 comments ↓

#1 D@ily Spin on 11.22.19 at 8:58 pm

The Meth campaign is national. I don’t think our small state should go this alone. Also, the message sort of condones use. It takes a moment before one realizes the purpose. I’d rather see a shock thing like your brain and your brain on drugs. Yes, SD has a meth problem but it’s a bigger problem in populated states. I don’t think our governor should take on a national issue when state issues such as a lagging Ag economy deserve more attention. There’s more farmers committing suicide than meth overdose deaths.

#2 D@ily Spin on 11.22.19 at 9:01 pm

If she wants to be president, be governor first and keep your marriage strong. We don’t need a Sarah Palin.

#3 rufusx on 11.24.19 at 9:55 am

“…..state owned business…..”???? Socialism???

#4 rufusx on 11.24.19 at 10:02 am

@Daily – No meth is NOT a bigger problem in more populated areas. “Behind Missouri, the top meth producing states were Tennessee, Indiana, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, and South Carolina.”

#5 HEMP. WE'RE NOT ON IT. on 11.24.19 at 10:24 pm

Yah, I am surprised that Lawrence and Schiller allowed them to do it.

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