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Hiring the lowest bidder sometimes brings in out-of-state work

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Sometimes the lowest bid for a contract comes from Idaho, not Washington. Sometimes the lowest bid for a contract comes from Idaho, not Washington.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

We received an email from a concerned viewer over the weekend who was wondering if it was illegal for the City of Spokane to hire contractors from out-of-state. 

KHQ's Cynthia Johnson did some checking on the question and found out it is not illegal, according to the City of Spokane. Officials say it is not uncommon for contractors working in Washington to be from out of state. City officials say when hiring companies for projects, like the one on Ray St. on the south hill, they have to follow public purchasing rules and hire the lowest bidder. Sometimes those bids come from Idaho, but often times those companies will hire Spokane employees. 

If you'd like to know more about how the City of Spokane chooses contractors, click here. 

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