with Jane Campbell of Women Impacting Public Policy
Posted Mar 07, 2018
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As part of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, the Small Business Administration is studying how the practice of Multiple Award Contracts impacts the ability of women-owned and other socio-economic categories of small businesses to compete for government work. Jane Campbell, President of Women Impacting Public Policy discusses the SBA study, which is in response to a WIPP report regarding women owned businesses and government contracts.
Traynham: Women-owned businesses have historically not had the same opportunities as their male counterparts when it comes to receiving government contracts. But a newly enacted federal law makes the Small Business Administration take a closer look at these inequities. Hello, everyone, and welcome to "Comcast Newsmakers." I´m Robert Traynham. Joining me is Jane Campbell, the President of Women Impacting Public Policy. Jane, hopefully this will help more women entrepreneurs get into the game, no
Campbell: Right. Robert, WIPP has been around for now 15 years, and when we started, there was a goal of 5% of all of our contracts would go to women. Do you know that 50% of the population, 38% of the businesses, and we have only met that 5% goal once And that was in fiscal year 2016. So WIPP has been advocating on behalf of meeting the goal, but more importantly we´ve been looking at what are the impediments to getting that done And so we created the opportunity for the women-owned small business programs set-aside, but what we found is as the federal government was under more stress to have fewer employees, what they began to do was what we call multiple-award contracts. And so, instead of awarding multiple contracts to many small businesses, they would put a whole slew of things together and do one big contract. That is potentially difficult for small businesses. And as that process has emerged, some of the multiple-award contracts have a track where women businesses can compete, veteran businesses can complete, HUBZone, 8(a), which is the historically minority underserved businesses, and it´s all over the map. And so what we did in this last defense authorization, which is where all the small business stuff gets enacted.
Traynham: Which, ironically, that´s the piece of legislation that the president signed into law late last year.
Campbell: Exactly, exactly. All the small business contracting law ends up getting done, rolled into the National Defense Authorization Act, because the defense department´s the largest contractor. And because Congress seems to have a hard time passing a bill that´s not a must-pass, and we always do defend the country. So that´s a good thing. So what we got done was a requirement that the Small Business Administration do a review over a 180-day period, which is a short time period of what´s happening with multiple-award contracts for each of the historically underserved populations. So we´re looking forward to having that report come out sometime this summer.
Traynham: And what´s the next step Once the report comes out, let´s say, midpoint of 2018, this year, what is the next logical step You don´t want this report to sit on the shelf.
Campbell: This is not a shelf report.
Campbell: You know, when WIPP does its advocacy on Capitol Hill or with the Administration, we always do it with data in hand. And the problem we had -- we did an initial review of multiple-award contracts. We looked at 19. And from the 19 we looked at, only four had a set aside -- you know, had a track for women. Most of them had a track for 8(a), which is the historically racially, you know, underserved communities. Some had it for veterans, some didn´t, and so the next step would be, if the data shows that when there is a track for women or veterans or any of the underserved groups that it works, then we would likely advocate that each time there´s a multiple-award contract each of the disadvantaged group have a track.
Traynham: I see. Jane, we got about 30 seconds left. I would be remiss if we didn´t talk about the historic tax bill that was signed into law late last year. There´s some confusion, to be fair to the conversation about the tax bill, but there´s a lot of people and also businesses out there that are saying this is the best thing that´s happened to this country in a very long time. Where does WIPP stand on this
Campbell: Well there´s so much in the tax bill. There´s things to be for and things to be against. And what WIPP does is, we didn´t take a position on the tax bill as a whole. We took a position on a very particular issue which is that women businesses tend to be organized as pass-through entities, as Subchapter S partnerships, and those have historically been taxed at the individual rate. For the first time in this tax bill there is an attempt to understand that those are businesses and we should move toward the business tax rate. We think that´s a victory of understanding how women businesses are operated.
Traynham: Jane Campbell, the President of Women Impacting Public Policy It is always good to see you. Thanks for stopping by.
Campbell: Thank you, Robert. And, of course, thank you for watching, as well. For more great conversations with leaders in your community and across the nation, visit comcastnewsmakers.com. I´m Robert Traynham. Have a great day. Bye-bye.
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"In an effort to boost its economy, a 2012 tax experiment resulted in the state of Kansas being faced with financial challenges. Revenues diminished and the economy grew more slowly than in neighboring states and the country as a whole. Representative Jim Ward, Kansas House Democratic leader shares how a collaborative effort resulted in setting the state on the right path to a better financial future.
Interview recorded November 30, 2017.
"Kansas state legislators put their ideologies to the side and worked together to stabilize the Kansas Budget. Kansas State Senator Jim Denning, Majority Leader of the Kansas State Senate discusses the successful bipartisan effort.
Interview recorded November 30, 2017. Hosted by Robert Traynham.
Read a partial transcript of this interview below:
Traynham: With the state economy in the red, Kansas lawmakers from opposing parties united to reverse the decline. An immediate benefit -- schools across the state received $300 million in new funding. Hello, everyone, and welcome to ""Comcast Newsmakers."" I'm Robert Traynham, and joining me is Senator Jim Denning. He's the majority leader of the Kansas State Senate, and one of 2017 Governing magazine Public Officials of the Year. Senator Denning, welcome to the program.
Denning: Yeah, thank you for having me.
Traynham: So it's widely known that your home state went through a steep decline in revenue. I think a lot of folks around the country were saying ""How are they gonna get out of this "" And you clearly, along with your Democratic colleagues and the Governor, figured out a solution. Tell us about it.
Denning: Sure, we had cut taxes significantly starting in calendar year '13, and we had two provisions in our tax policy. One was a pass-through where small businesses and sole proprietorships would not pay any tax at all on their non-wage income, and that ended up being a loophole that we ended up closing. And the other thing that we had in the policy was that it was marching to zero, that is to say marching down to zero tax, and it was just a statutory march. It wasn't based on any economic activity. And by the second year of the tax cut, we had realized that we had gone too deep, that we needed to reverse a bit of that tax cut to stabilize the budget. We were starting to get to the point where we couldn't fund our core services like schools, mental health, you know, the...
Traynham: The basic necessities, if you will
Denning: Yeah, just the basic -- correct.
Traynham: Senator, let's talk for a few moments about the rainy day fund and that concept. I'm from Pennsylvania, and I know when I was in college and also in high school, there was the state legislature, and I was saying, "Listen, happy days are here again, and this is great from a revenue standpoint, but let's plan as though that the happy days will end at some point, and so let's have a savings account, if you will." And as I understand it, your doing something very similar.
Denning: Yes, we're looking at a rainy day fund next year, and you say, you know, the economy, it ebbs and flows. Right now it's flowing. We're having 3% GDP growth, and we're certainly seeing that at the state level, but we know that a recession is inevitable. We just came through the 2002 recession, and then the deep recession of 2008 and 2009, so we know that the economy will once again contract, and we would like to have a rainy day fund built up so that we'd have a little bit of a cushion so we can continue to fund those core services without taking on additional debt or just simply cutting.