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Cheers and jeers

November 17, 2012
The Leader Herald

JEERS - To a high bid. You just can't make this up. The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles tentatively awarded an $88.5 million contract to a Canadian company. A story by The Associated Press summed up the situation: "Cash-strapped New York has tentatively chosen the highest bidder to produce driver's licenses under a disputed contract that would provide only black-and-white photos and end up costing the state nearly $38 million more than the current contract if it's approved." Some elected legislators are calling for the DMV to explain why it awarded this contract at the higher cost. The explanation from a top aide of the governor says it's all a matter of the proper security to safeguard people against terrorists and identity thieves. Spending $38 million more for a Canadian company probably won't be featured in the governor's ads highlighting New York's business friendliness.



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