Executive Council Weighs Higher Threshold For State Contracts
The state’s Executive Council will consider Tuesday whether to raise the dollar amount for contracts that must come before the five-member body for approval.
Currently, the council votes on all state contracts $10,000 or more and all personnel contracts of more than $2,500.
Councilor Colin Van Ostern says the policy bogs down the agenda with dozens of contracts that should be handled by state agencies.
“So we end up spending a lot of time on these small items and less time that we should be spending on these big contracts that are more impactful and impact a lot more people in the state.”
There’s been no formal proposal for what the dollar amount should be.
Van Ostern says the council will likely discuss whether to pursue a change to the policy at today’s meeting, and then seek a recommendation from the Department of Administrative Services.
He says a decision could then be made at the council’s meeting next month.