Lt. governor scolds bureaucrats on spending for land, budget cushions

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.

Analysis: Hubris at the Board of Public Works?

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

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, Franchot deplore food contract mess at Baltimore jail

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.