Franchot says procurement process is broken and needs fixing

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

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

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

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

“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