Ramsey, Harwell Call for State Contract Review

Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and House Speaker Beth Harwell said that the legislature’s Fiscal Review Committee should re-examine the no-bid deals awarded to Jones Lang LaSalle, a real estate firm in which Gov. Bill Haslam has invested. According to the Tennessean, Jones Lang LaSalle won a contract to manage state building and arrange leases on the state’s behalf. While Ramsey and Harwell defend the firm’s work as having saved the state money -- and say they see no evidence of impropriety by Haslam or others -- they said the manner in which the deals were awarded should be reviewed.