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Franchot says procurement process is broken and needs fixing

January 27th, 2015 | by Maryland Reporter

We must make drastic improvements to the manner in which we obtain goods and services as a state. This cuts to the heart of what I do as your independent fiscal watchdog – ensuring that we’re getting the best possible deal for your hard-earned tax dollars. As Comptroller, I’ve voted on approximately 15,000 contracts worth $80 billion on the Board of Public Works. And I can tell you – our procurement process is broken

Fewer gimmicks in Hogan’s $40 billion budget; solves deficits for 3 years by capping spending hikes

January 27th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

General Assembly budget committees got their first comprehensive briefing on Gov. Larry Hogan's $40 billion fiscal 2016 budget Monday, with Democrats expressing continuing concern about the impact of reductions to expected increases in school funding. In his two-hour briefing, Warren Deschenaux, the legislature's chief fiscal analyst, also called a proposed 2% across-the-board, unitemized cuts "a very dangerous approach to budgeting" that sets "a bad precedent."

Hogans, Rutherfords pack it in

January 25th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

Gov. Larry Hogan donned a hair net for the final inaugural event where he and his wife Yumi, Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford and his wife Monica, other politicos and average citizens packed macaroni and cheese packs for the Maryland Food Bank

Rascovar: Hogan’s placeholder budget

January 25th, 2015 | by Barry Rascovar

Gov. Larry Hogan Jr. must be doing something right in his first few days in office because he's got nearly everyone upset about his $40 billion budget. Republicans and Democrats, liberals and conservatives, lobbying groups of all shapes and sizes are griping about parts of the new governor's spending plan. That's a good thing

Photos from Hogan’s inauguration

January 21st, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

"They said it would be a cold day in hell when they elect a Republican governor," Larry Hogan ad-libbed as he took the outdoor podium on a snowy day at the State House. Here are some photos from the day taken by Rebecca Lessner of

Hogan pledges ‘new spirit of bipartisan cooperation’

January 21st, 2015 | by Maryland Reporter

Gov. Larry Hogan Jr. emphasized the need for bipartisan cooperation and common sense solutions in his 2,000-word inaugural speech. But he also gave his Republican base some reasons to cheer with a call to "get the state government off of our backs and out of our pockets."

Hogan’s Era of Good Feeling

January 21st, 2015 | by Barry Rascovar

At least for a brief moment, Gov. Larry Hogan Jr.'s Era of Good Feeling ruled Annapolis. We'll soon learn if his strong message of bipartisan harmony and mutual respect can survive the harsh reality of Hogan's first, greatly diminished budget, which he'll release Thursday

Larry Hogan’s improbable path

January 20th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

What got Larry Hogan to the place where he raises his right hand for the oath as governor is what one Hogan insider concedes was a perfect storm. The right political environment, a message to match it hatched by the candidate himself, a campaigner disciplined enough to communicate it relentlessly, and a campaign that made few mistakes and profited from the lackluster campaigns and mistakes of his competitors

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