June 23rd, 2015 | by Len Lazarick
Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford came down hard on state department spending this Tuesday, as he covered for Gov. Larry Hogan at the first Board of Public works meeting since the governor announced he was starting treatment for cancer.
Rutherford lectured the Department of Natural Resources about their high land bids, the Department of Juvenile Services and the Department of Human Services for unnecessary budget “cushioning” in the millions, and shot down the Board of Elections’ request for $1.8 million for an informational ballot-campaign
May 21st, 2015 | by Rebecca Lessner
Maryland officials are looking to use micro-loans as a key tool in neighborhood revitalization, congratulating one state department on its efforts to support small business following the Freddie Gray protests
April 15th, 2015 | by Rebecca Lessner
The fear of hungry inmates rioting at the Baltimore City Detention Center prompted top state officials to approve an emergency contract with a food vendor that had seriously underbid its three-year contract.
“We can’t wake up tomorrow morning and not serve food to the prisoners and have a riot on our hands,” said Gov. Larry Hogan at the Wednesday Board of Public Works meeting
April 14th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick
Grilled bureaucrats with a side order of roasted contractors is slated for the menu at Wednesday's Board of Public Works meeting. The governor, treasurer and comptroller are all expected to turn up the heat over a flawed $37 million contract awarded Jan. 7 for inmate food services in Baltimore
March 5th, 2015 | by Capital News Service
For the second consecutive meeting, the Board of Public Works on Wednesday criticized the University System of Maryland for vague and confusing language in requests for additional construction funding totaling more than $29 million, but eventually voted to approve the projects
December 12th, 2014 | by Barry Rascovar
Next week, lame-duck Gov. Martin O’Malley may decide to bring the matter of the $1.5 billion State Center project before a divided Board of Public Works.
It would be a controversial move.
Readers responded to Barry Rascovar's previous column on this topic with some interesting thoughts. Their conclusion: There are far better ways to redevelop this space and provide decent offices for state workers in Baltimore
October 15th, 2014 | by Alexis Webb
The Board of Public Works approved a $200 million contract for gaming machines at the state’s two smallest casinos and also worried about safety on Baltimore’s metro system during its Wednesday morning meeting
October 1st, 2014 | by Alexis Webb
The Board of Public Works Wednesday reluctantly approved buying a downtown Baltimore building for more than twice its appraised value because the site is needed to construct a ventilation shaft for the Red Line transit project
September 4th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
The often contentious implementation of the new Common Core curriculum standards in Maryland public schools stirred wrangling again among top state officials Wednesday.
The Board of Public Works, comprised of the governor, state treasurer and comptroller, was being asked to approve a nearly $60 million state contract for development of computerized testing for the new standards in English and math. The contract had only one bidder over the protests of another testing company
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.