Senator Rice and Minority Leaders Hold News Conference on Disparity in State Contracts for Minorities and Women

Senator Ronald Rice on the Auto Insurance Bill Signing

NEWARK – Senator Ronald Rice, the Chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus, today said it would be a “monumental injustice” to end the State’s 19-year-old set aside program for minority and women-owned businesses.

Senator Rice on the political discrimination facing women and minorities. OC – “…from a history.” Senator Rice on the political discrimination facing women and minorities. OC – “…from a history.” (0:50)

Senator Rice on how the elimination of set-asides in State contracts will effectively block women and minorities from participation. OC – “… the whole public contract arena.” Senator Rice on how the elimination of set-asides in State contracts will effectively block women and minorities from participation. OC – “… the whole public contract arena.” (0:44)

Senator Rice on his concern that currently only a small fraction of minorities and women are successful in obtaining State contracts. OC – “…do that. Prove it.” Senator Rice on his concern that currently only a small fraction of minorities and women are successful in obtaining State contracts. OC – “…do that. Prove it.” (1:16)

Senator Rice on how its unfair to require minorities and women to show that white-owned companies are harmed by set-asides that benefit them. OC – “…claiming harm to themselves.” Senator Rice on how its unfair to require minorities and women to show that white-owned companies are harmed by set-asides that benefit them. OC – “…claiming harm to themselves.” (1:42)

Senator Rice on incorporating as much input as possible into the Disparity Commission report detailing the need for set-asides in New Jersey. OC – “…hopefully it doesn’t have to.” Senator Rice on incorporating as much input as possible into the Disparity Commission report detailing the need for set-asides in New Jersey. OC – “…hopefully it doesn’t have to.” (0:45)

Senator Rice on how the legal debate on set-asides is reflective of a larger national movement to deny women and minorities civil rights, and how the circumstances differ from the Senator Rice on how the legal debate on set-asides is reflective of a larger national movement to deny women and minorities civil rights, and how the circumstances differ from the civil rights movement of the 1960’s. OC – “…on the dog-gone states right now.” (1:32)