January 16th, 2015 | by Rebecca Lessner
“Wouldn’t It Be Nice” by the Beach Boys pounded in the staid assembly room of Maryland’s Treasury Building Thursday as Comptroller Peter Franchot and others gathered to collect the final signature on his year-long petition drive to “Let Summer Be Summer.”
“See you in September” might have been just as appropriate for the effort to require schools to start after Labor Day as Gov.-elect Larry Hogan became the 13,244th person to sign the petition since the drive started last in August on the boardwalk of Ocean City with a goal of 10,000 signatures
January 8th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick
Twice a month for eight years, Gov. Martin O'Malley has presided over the Board of Public Works. Its three members all describe it as a unique institution in American state government where three independently elected state officials get to review every major government contract and purchase, from health insurance and prison food service to university dorms and wetland permits. Wednesday was O'Malley's last session as governor, and at Comptroller Peter Franchot's suggestion, the audience gave O'Malley a standing ovation.
December 22nd, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
Gov.-elect Hogan continues to work on his relationship with Comptroller Peter Franchot, who holds a key vote on the three-member Board of Public Works, which will review all of the major contracts of the Hogan administration. Hogan has continued to meet with key Democrats, office holders and interest groups throughout the state as he prepares to take office in a month and submit a budget
December 4th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
Republican Larry Hogan Jr. has made outreach to Democrats a key part of his transition to becoming governor next month. The let's-all-along style reaches a new level on Monday, when Hogan goes shopping with Democratic Comptroller Peter Franchot in Easton and Cambridge
December 4th, 2014 | by Maryland Reporter
Blaine Taylor writes: The long-entrenched Democratic machine that I first encountered in 1974 as press secretary for the late Sen. Patrick T. Welsh has now been knocked to the ground, mainly because in its arrogance and overweening pride, it refused to acknowledge any dissent and desire for change within its own ranks. When you do that, the door is opened to change.
The dinosaurs have thus gone the way of the dodos, having brought it on themselves: a restored two-party system as exemplified by the District 6’s new slate and Councilman David Marks
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
September 28th, 2014 | by Barry Rascovar
OUCH! That's the sound coming from Anthony Brown's campaign headquarters after hearing of a $405 million drop in expected state revenue over the next 21 months.
This is bad news for the lieutenant governor's gubernatorial drive.
The shrinking revenue forecast not only buoys Republican Larry Hogan's campaign, it powerfully reinforces Hogan's central theme: Maryland's budget is out of kilter and in need of serious overhaul
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.
July 17th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
It was the coolest Tawes Crab Feast in memory. The political-social event of the summer in Crisfield on the Lower Eastern Shore is usually a scorcher in the 90s, but Wednesday was in the low 80s with cool breezes off the bay and low humidity at least at the outset. There was a peculiar lack of candidates this year, perhaps due to the June 24 primary that eliminated many of them. Here's a photo gallery of some of the folks who did show up.
July 6th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
The $77 million in budget cuts approved last week by the Maryland Board of Public Works mark the first recognition there's a price to be paid for placing election-year politics ahead of fiscal realities. It won't be the last spending pullback, either.
Maryland has a serious, ongoing imbalance between its high spending habits and its lower than expected revenue receipts. Everyone knew this was coming