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100 days: Hogan fires back on education funding debate

April 23rd, 2015 | by Rebecca Lessner

Gov. Larry Hogan did not give a final decision about whether to fund a requested $68 million to aid counties with higher costs of education during a 100 days in office press event on Thursday. Also on the menu were the governor’s responses to the Freddie Gray investigation ongoing in Baltimore City, transparency and overtesting in public schools

Analysis: Hubris at the Board of Public Works?

April 20th, 2015 | by Charlie Hayward

Whether you call him the new sheriff in town, or the public-sector incarnation of the muscle-bound wrestler “Hulk” Hogan, Governor Larry Hogan has meted out his own brand of “whoop ass” on flat-footed state bureaucrats while presiding over his first six meetings of the Board of Public Works, a three-member panel that approves major state procurements

Rascovar: Procurement disgrace in Annapolis

April 19th, 2015 | by Barry Rascovar

Maryland's system of contracting for services through competitive bids is in shambles. It has been that way for years -- and is getting worse. It's an embarrassment to taxpayers. Yet a long list of procurement debacles hasn't been enough to spur sweeping reforms

Hogan again criticizes Busch’s handling of budget

April 15th, 2015 | by Rebecca Lessner

Hard feelings from the just-finished legislative session spilled over into the Board of Public Works meeting Wednesday, as Gov. Larry Hogan used his seat as chairman to call out House Speaker Michael Busch. “I’m not going to allow the petulant and unprecedented action by the Speaker, ignoring our supplemental budget, to go,” said Hogan, addressing a representative from the Maryland State Police who was testifying on police radios

Hogan, Franchot deplore food contract mess at Baltimore jail

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

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