LANSING, Mich., April 15, 2021 – State Rep. Padma Kuppa (D-Troy) today applauded Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Michigan Jobs First Executive Directive 2019-15 as an important step to promote free and fair competition when companies bid for state projects.

“Michigan is full of hardworking people, and I am elated to see Gov. Whitmer’s continued dedication to protecting Michigan’s business owners, employees, and environment,” said Kuppa. “Businesses that operate fairly and honestly should not be held at a disadvantage because the competition fails to adequately compensate their employees or abide by the state’s environmental standards.”

The executive order requires bidders on state projects to complete a vendor questionnaire, which asks bidders to disclose relevant records, including labor and environment compliance. Additionally, the worksheet asks bidders to certify their workforce is accurately classified as employees and not independent contractors, or “1099 workers,” while also enabling an assessment of the bidders’ likely economic impact on a project.