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April 24, 2014

High Court Affirmative Action Ruling Goes Beyond Schools


The U.S. Supreme Court recently upheld a Michigan law banning affirmative action programs for university admissions, which could result in similar laws in other states for admission as well as state-level contracting.

“Beyond diversity in admissions at universities, states may let voters decide to prohibit state or local governments from giving a preference to contractors based on race, ethnicity or gender for certain public projects,” State and Local Government Procurement Partner Keith Wiener said. “This ruling thus has substantial implications for public contracting at the local and state level where governments currently have minority- and women-owned business programs.”

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