Gov. McAuliffe mandates Va. agencies contract with small, minority-owned, women-owned businesses

      Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (AP Photo)

      RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is ordering state agencies to contract more often with small businesses and businesses owned by women minorities.

      McAuliffe signed an executive order Tuesday at a minority-owned staffing company in Richmond.

      The order requires state agencies to spend 42 percent of their discretionary spending on certified small, women-owned and minority businesses. McAuliffe is also directing agencies to contract exclusively with small businesses that have no more than 25 employees and make no more than $3 million a year for contracts less than $10,000.

      The Democratic governor said the new executive order was a fulfillment of promises he made during last year's gubernatorial campaign.