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Schapiro: Private roads, public headaches

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Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 12:00 am

Used to be if Virginia government needed goods or services — cop cars, canned peaches for prisoners, an office building or highway — it put an ad in the newspaper, asking for bids by a certain date. When the big day came around, the bureaucrats looked over the competing proposals and, more often than not, picked the one with the lowest price.

Sometimes, Virginia — where being labeled cheap can be a badge of honor — got what it paid for: underwhelming construction, underperforming products.

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