March 14, 2014
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. [...more]
July 24, 2013
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. 21. [...more]
July 9, 2013
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. [...more]
July 7, 2013
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. [...more]
June 13, 2013
REVISED AND CORRECTED: The Maryland Board of Public Works on Wednesday approved 44 new contracts for child residential care services in locations throughout Maryland totaling over $364 million over five years.
But one Montgomery County provider did not win an award for a group home that the state and Montgomery County have previously invested in, virtually ensuring the foreclosure of the Sandy Spring group home, its founder said .Hattie Washington of Aunt Hattie’s Place Inc. vociferously protested the lack of funding. [...more]
May 15, 2013
A Pennsylvania collections firm has so done well prying Maryland back taxes out of delinquent taxpayers that the comptroller's office just got approval for $300,000 more from the Board of Public Works to pay the agency’s commissions. NCO Financial Systems of Horsham, Pa. collected $33 million from delinquent tax accounts since 2009-- 22% more than the original estimate of $27 million. The firm gets a 5.35% commission on any money it collects. [...more]
May 1, 2013
The Board of Public Works reluctantly approved a request by the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services to provide $40,000 in settlement to inmate Michael Smith, who was brutally assaulted multiple times while in state custody.
April 24, 2013
In a somewhat unorthodox designation of state funding last week, the Maryland Board of Public Works granted a $300,000 refinancing loan to a bar-restaurant, The Limerick Pub.
The loan to the Wheaton watering hole is part of the Neighborhood BusinessWorks program, a business development initiative that provides gap financing to small businesses in sustainable communities, as defined by the Sustainable Community Act of 2010. [...more]
April 17, 2013
Towson University President Maravene Loeschke was found guilty in absentia at an Annapolis show trial Wednesday, with Comptroller Peter Franchot as chief prosecutor and hanging judge. "She should resign," Franchot said after 90 minutes of testimony for which neither Loeschke nor the university provided any defense. The charges warranting dismissal were that Loeschke unfairly shut down the baseball and soccer teams through a closed process and lied about why she did it. Then she announced the decision at a hastily called closed meeting accompanied by campus police. [...more]