Thursday, January 13, 2005

Woman of the Week: Deb Pignatelli

Competitive bidding...what a concept!

After two years of frenzied rubber-stamping, it appears that the Executive Council is finally taking its job seriously. The council, whose duties include reviewing and approving all state contracts over $5,000, spent the Benson years largely rolling over and playing dead. By shirking their duties, the councilors contributed to the overall atmosphere of cronyism and corruption that has pervaded the State House.

Thankfully, Councilor Deb Pignatelli is holding everyone accountable. Pignatelli is opposing any sole-source contract and any retroactive contract. Good for her. Someone is finally forcing the council to actually review the cost and competence factors inherent in the contracting process, and that is a development that is long overdue.