I been servicing commercial construction to one degree or another for thirty years. For most all of my career the goal to winning work was to offer responsible bids that met the letter of the architects specification at a cost effective price point and having the reputation to get the job done when it was expected to be done. That is what I have known and worked to build my entire career in this field. I bid to win. My business is currently working a project to renovate the stadium of a college football team in the state. I won't say any names, but they have won two national titles here in the 21st century. In the overall scheme of things, the magnitude of the work isn't that substantial, however to my little company it is a very high profile project. We have been working this thing hard for months. Now in years past, I would be a subcontractor to a general contractor that was under contract by the building owner..... On this project, there are two construction managers, one general contractor, and one prime subcontractor... That makes me a fourth tier subcontractor..... Why is this relevant? Because three of those levels are in place to meet federal mandates. Nothing else. Mind you, none of them are working for free. What one general contractor could accomplish five years ago now takes three to meet mandated guidelines. And guess who pays for all that? And here's whats really disturbing to me at my level. I am by far the most qualified in my state to accomplish the work. However this contract isn't based upon my bid price and ability as much as it will be based upon my ability to meet mandated requirements.... How many minorities will I use, how many women, disabled veterans, etc.... And because I have not been a business deeply rooted in playing the political architecture that now exists in commercial construction, I fear I may lose this bid. No longer are your tax dollars being spent with the most qualified and cost effective builders. They are spent with multiple contractors put in place to meet federal standards. And I am just about fed up with it all. So next time your community needs an elementary school or something similar built, just know the cost will exceed the budget which will show up on your ballot the following November as a tax increase so the community can afford the new school or whatever facility may be needed. Remember this when your community votes for the next tax increase. It is only there to pay for all the added fat put in place by the left.