PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has launched a study to make sure that businesses with minorities, women, LGBT or disabled owners are getting a fair share of state business.
The study kicked off Wednesday with a hearing in city council chambers.READ MORE: 'They Want Me Dead': Nearly Dozen Philadelphia Families Fearing For Lives After Cooperating In Criminal Investigations
Of the billions of dollars in contracts the state awards, Governor Wolf says he found that in the year before he took office, just 5.7 percent went to diverse small businesses.READ MORE: Philadelphia Police Officer In Stable Condition After Shot In Overbrook, Police Source Says
“If we want Pennsylvania’s economy to be firing on all cylinders, we need to make sure that we are providing opportunities for everyone based on merit, based on what they can do rather than who they know or what they did before,” Wolf said. “A system that only allows known and familiar faces to succeed is a system that misses out on its best chance to grow and thrive.MORE NEWS: Civil Rights Lawsuit Filed Against Wilmington Police Officer Samuel Waters Accusing Excessive Force, Using N-Word
Wolf says he’s worked to increase that number. It’s up to eight percent. He acknowledges the state could do better. He says that’s the reason for the study.