Just to set the record straight, this problem is all Republican; instead of supporting businesses in this state that will bring in state revenues…and that had plans of expanding, they went out of state for pennies on the lowest bidder. It was a huge mistake they’re now trying to correct, at the expense of their national business friendly image:
jsonline: Dipping into an ongoing dispute over a new student data system, the committee voted to allow school boards to select their own vendors for tracking students, rather than going with a Minnesota company selected by the Department of Public Instruction. The committee voted 14-2 to scrap a plan to have one vendor run the student information system, allowing school boards to pick whichever firms they wanted to collect data on students and report it to the state.
How bad is this broken promise?
Eric Creighton, the chief operating officer for Infinite Campus, issued a statement saying Wednesday's vote "sets a dangerous precedent for all future state procurements." "It tells prospective bidders they can use the political process to get a different outcome if a procurement doesn't go their way," his statement said.
This wasn't lost on other Republicans:
Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) — who voted with Rep. Pat Strachota (R-West Bend) against allowing multiple vendors — agreed with the assessment of Infinite Campus.