The money is there: Why ask by minority businesses for share of government contracts is jus

Near the end of a town hall-style event Saturday in Newark held to discuss the state’s recently released disparity study — and how minority businesses can respond to a report that showed for years that they have been systematically short-changed when it comes to landing government contracts — Ryan Haygood delivered one of at least a dozen mic-drop lines from the event.

“What’s striking about this conversation is we’re not talking about scarcity of resources,” he said. “Very often, the thing you hear when you ask for something is, ‘We don’t have the money for that.’

“The money is there. We just want a proportional share.”

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