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Dem Wall Strategy: Divestment, No-Contract Measures for Builders

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By    |   Wednesday, 26 Apr 2017 09:42 PM

Democrats in some states are putting pressure on any businesses that work on President Donald Trump's southwest border wall project – but the strategy is raising both political and legal questions, Politico reported.

According to the outlet, the strategy in California involves a Democratic-backed measure to bar the state from awarding contracts to any company involved in the wall’s construction. Another bill would prevent the state’s pension funds from investing in those companies is pending, Politico reported.

"I’m not going to allow people to speak from both sides of their mouth," Democratic state Sen. Ricardo Lara said Tuesday about his no-contract measure, Politico reported.

"You’re either for the wall, which means you are for the ideals that this president has set forth of divisiveness, of walling us off from the rest of the world. Or you’re not. It’s as easy as that."

Similar divestment and no-contract measures have been introduced in New York and Rhode Island, while San Francisco is considering a blacklist and Berkeley, Calif., adopted one last month, Politico reported.

Contractors and other opponents of such measures are feeling a "chilling effect" – but legal questions are also emerging, Politico reported.

James Flanagan, a contractor whose San Francisco-based company is seeking work on the wall, slammed the measures as "government tyranny, is what it is," Politico reported.

"There are a lot of members of ours who are concerned about developments in not only California, but other states that might punish them for working on federal projects," Dave Raymond, president and CEO of the American Council of Engineering Companies, told Politico at his group's convention in Washington.

"There’s no question it’s already had a chilling effect. There are many engineering firms that have decided not to participate because they fear the ramifications."

Politico reported a legislative analysis of the California measure determined that the bill "raises a fundamental question of whether the state of California should automatically deny a contract to companies based solely on that companies’ [sic] involvement with certain work projects."

"If the State of California is prohibited from awarding or renewing contracts with companies that have worked on the border wall, would that begin a slippery slope of adding other projects to that list?" the analysis asked, according to Politico.

"What would that mean for the competitive bidding process?"

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