Guest Commentator: Paul Mason, Principal, David Mason & Associates

How will upcoming infrastructure legislation impact Black and brown businesses in the architecture, engineering and construction industries?

Realistically, the short answer is probably “not much at all.”

That seems odd and counterintuitive given the scale of the proposed legislation – an estimated $1.2 trillion over the next 10 years. President Biden had asked for 20-percent of these funds to be targeted to minority- and woman-owned businesses; the Senate passed a bill that cut his request in half, setting aside 10-percent. Most of this work will go to subcontractors hired by the behemoths in construc