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Denver council approves new payment protections for subcontractors owned by minorities, women – The Denver Post

Denver city officials soon will keep closer tabs on contractors’ payments to minority- and women-owned subcontractors on city projects under a measure approved Monday night by the City Council.

The council-initiated ordinance changes, approved 13-0, are aimed at providing more assurance to hundreds of small contractors in the city’s Minority and Women Business Enterprise and Small Business Enterprise programs that they will be paid fully and without long delays.

Councilman Wayne New and some subcontractors recounted recurring foot-dragging, short-changing and other problems on the part of large contractors. But the council proposal faced pushback from Mayor Michael Hancock’s administration over some changes that were seen as too cumbersome or able to wait until the latest periodic review of the system is done in the next two years.

Hancock, while recognizing the existence of problems, said he was reluctant to intervene in private transactions between prime contractors and their subs.

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