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Md. awards $16 billion, 10-year contract for health insurance

August 13th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Top state officials on Wednesday approved spending $16 billion over the next 10 years on health insurance for over 200,000 state employees, retirees and their dependents. One of the largest contracts ever granted, the three-member Board of Public Works approved it at a meeting dominated by discussion of the positives and negatives of health care delivery in Maryland, including serious patient care problems at a state hospital in Hagerstown.


Morgan State dining contract upsets Franchot

May 15th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Comptroller Peter Franchot turned up the heat on Morgan State University officials at the Board of Public Works Meeting Wednesday, accusing them of selecting their dining services contractor with a biased eye. "This stinks," Franchot said.


Minority contractor loses bid to build center honoring minority hero

April 30th, 2014 | by Jeremy Bauer-Wolf

A Dorchester County tourist attraction dedicated to preserving the legacy of Harriet Tubman on the Eastern Shore has drawn ire from a minority group contractor whose bid for the project was turned down. Contractor Gilford Corporation, which is owned by an African-American, found its bid rejected because it failed to meet standards of a federal program designed to assist minority businesses.


University parking garage contract raises ethics concerns

April 30th, 2014 | by Jeremy Bauer-Wolf

A representative from University of Maryland Baltimore was lambasted during Wednesday’s Board of Public Works meeting, with board members calling into question how ethical the school’s process was in securing a new contractor. Two of the five members of a selection committee to find an operator for the university’s parking facilities were former employees of the winning bidder, which was selected despite the fact another bid came in lower


Union protesters arrested at State House

March 14th, 2014 | by Jeremy Bauer-Wolf

Fourteen people had themselves intentionally arrested on the stone steps of the Maryland State House Thursday -- part of a larger group who were protesting the low wages of restaurant and retail workers at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport


State loan for Greene Turtle sports bar in Towson delayed

July 24th, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

The Board of Public Works kicked a $240,000 loan to renovate and expand a popular sports bar franchise down the road on Wednesday. The board will instead decide whether to grant the economic development loan, which is 27% of total project costs, to the Towson Greene Turtle on York Road at the next Board of Public Works meeting on Aug.


Board approves $55K in lawsuit settlement over I-95 arrest

July 9th, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

The Board of Public Works approved $55,000 for a settlement in a racial profiling lawsuit involving a Philadelphia man who was stopped by the Maryland State Police, despite reservations from one board member. The Maryland State Police requested the settlement money in a BPW meeting last week after considering the costs of going to trial and the costs of losing the trial -- a move that made Comptroller Peter Franchot question the backbone of the Maryland attorney general’s office


Franchot dubious about long-promised Bethesda Metro South Entrance

July 7th, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

A visibly skeptical and hesitant Comptroller Peter Franchot ultimately sided with the governor and treasurer on the Board of Public Works and approved $2.3 million of funding that went to the “fabled long-awaited” South Entrance to the Bethesda Metro station, as he put it. The entrance would connect the end of the proposed Purple Line to the Red Line.



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