Comment: Agreed.

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Agreed.

Government sucks no matter how you slice it. Highway work is pretty much always low bid though, even the large contracts. But you get into libraries, schools, municipal golf courses, army corp. of engineer projects (military and US waterway infrastructure), or any public buildings you are correct. There is no public bid opening so they do not have to take the low bidder. And yes, I am sure their bureaucracy siphons off a large portion.

Just replyin'.