Comptroller to MDOT: “Shut Down” Bay Bridge Construction Project
In 2018, MES scanned more than 700 bridges providing detailed analysis and reporting for the MDOT State Highway Administration. (Photo: coastalpics)
Comptroller to MDOT: “Shut Down” Bay Bridge Construction Project

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot is calling on the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) to "shut down" a construction project on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. The $27 million deck rehabilitation project on the westbound span has led to severe traffic backups in recent weeks. https://twitter.com/peterfranchot/status/1181239905218777088 MDOT Secretary Pete Rahn last week apologized for the delays, reassuring the Board of Public Works that the state is working to mitigate traffic congestion during the long-term construction project. According…

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Maryland Board of Public Works – October 16, 2019 Agenda

Maryland’s Board of Public Works (BPW) reviews projects, contracts, and expenditure plans for state agencies – many of which have an effect on county governments. The BPW is composed of Governor Larry Hogan, Treasurer Nancy Kopp, and Comptroller Peter Franchot. It meets on alternating Wednesdays and the meetings are open to the public. The meeting will be held in Governor’s Reception Room on the 2nd floor of the State House in Annapolis. The Board’s next meeting is scheduled…

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Delegates Urge BPW to Compensate Wrongfully Convicted; Governor Hints at New Process

Fifty delegates, including House Speaker Adrienne Jones, have sent a letter to the Board of Public Works -- Governor Larry Hogan, Comptroller Peter Franchot, and Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp -- calling on the board to exercise its authority under Maryland law to pay $12 million to five wrongfully convicted men who collectively spent over a century in prison. From The Baltimore Sun: “Five petitioners — Jerome Johnson, Lamar Johnson, Walter Lomax, Clarence Shipley and Hubert James Williams — spent a combined 120…

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Maryland Board of Public Works – September 4, 2019 Agenda

Maryland’s Board of Public Works (BPW) reviews projects, contracts, and expenditure plans for state agencies – many of which have an effect on county governments. The BPW is composed of Governor Larry Hogan, Treasurer Nancy Kopp, and Comptroller Peter Franchot. It meets on alternating Wednesdays and the meetings are open to the public. The meeting will be held in Governor’s Reception Room on the 2nd floor of the State House in Annapolis. The Board’s next meeting is scheduled…

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Maryland Retains Triple-AAA Bond Rating, Prepares to Sell $550M in GO Bonds

Maryland State Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp announced this week that the three major bond rating agencies have reaffirmed the State’s AAA bond rating. The announcement comes in advance of the upcoming competitive sale of up to $550 million in State General Obligation Bonds on Wednesday, August 14, 2019. Proceeds from Maryland's tax-exempt General Obligation Bonds are used to finance important capital projects and improvements, such as public schools, community colleges, university projects, and hospitals. Maryland is…

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Wrap Up, and Look Ahead, with the Governor at #MACoCon

Be there for the traditional closing session with Governor Hogan, as he reflects on the year (and the conference), and helps Maryland turn the corner toward 2020 and beyond. Each year, MACo's summer conference serves as the unofficial turning point between wrapping up 2019, and looking at ahead to 2020. We are glad to once again host Governor Larry Hogan, as his Saturday morning address will punctuate that shift, and help county and state policymakers…

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State, Local Leaders Offer Alternative to Governor’s Traffic Relief Plan
Regional Transportation Improvement plan (courtesy of Montgomery County Government).
State, Local Leaders Offer Alternative to Governor’s Traffic Relief Plan

State and local elected officials today held a press conference to discuss alternatives to Governor Larry Hogan's Traffic Relief Plan. The ambitious $11 billion project aims to relieve Maryland's traffic congestion woes by enlisting a private company to build and manage toll lanes on the Capital Beltway and Interstate 270. https://twitter.com/MoCoCouncilMD/status/1135586905620398080 The Hogan administration says the plan will provide residents with much-needed traffic congestion relief without having to pay for it with taxpayer dollars. Officials…

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General Assembly Re-Elects Nancy Kopp as State Treasurer

In a Joint Session of The Maryland General Assembly, Nancy Kopp today was re-elected as State Treasurer. Elected in February 2002, and re-elected to full four-year terms in 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015, Nancy K. Kopp is the 23rd Maryland State Treasurer since the adoption of the Constitution of 1851. She is the second woman ever to serve as Maryland's State Treasurer and is the only woman serving Maryland in a Constitutional Office. In addition…

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MACo Explores Government Applications for Drones

Various government departments may have uses for unmanned aircraft systems (commonly called drones). MACo is seeking information on current programs and future plans. County and state governments are exploring various applications for unmanned aircraft systems that may allow them to provide improved services to the public. There are also challenges to using drones, including cost, safety, privacy, and liability concerns. MACo is partnering with the Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center (MCAC) to gather more information…

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