Tag: Bowie State University

State Roundup: Poll supports Kirwan but not taxes

New Goucher Poll finds strong support for Kirwan education reforms but concern over hike in taxes, with some urging status quo on taxes and state services; former state Attorney General Gansler approves of minimum sentencing for those who commit gun crimes, especially repeat offenders; proposal would ban police from offering waivers to sex crime victims to end investigation; father pushes bill to allow children with seizure disorders to use medical cannabis at school; Senate passes bill to stop discrimination by landlords against those using housing vouchers; Montgomery delegate hopes to find relief for businesses currently suffering through Purple Line construction; and Takoma Park considers banning use of fossil fuels.

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Purchase of Steinway pianos for Bowie State strikes sour note for Franchot

The $552,000 purchase of 32 Steinway pianos by Bowie State University for its new $79 million performing arts center opening next year is “out of touch” with the current economy, Comptroller Peter Franchot said at the Board of Public Works Wednesday. “Given the challenges that these universities face, I think it’s a luxury at this point that the taxpayer shouldn’t be paying for,” said Franchot, who voted against the purchase.

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Franchot balks at giving Bowie State contract to company that is not lowest bidder

Seeing that bids from experienced companies were more than $400,000 cheaper, Comptroller Peter Franchot voted against a contract for Holder Construction Company to do construction management for a new student center at Bowie State University.

The contract was ultimately passed at Wednesday’s Board of Public Works meeting, with Gov. Martin O’Malley and Treasurer Nancy Kopp voting for it.

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