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Maryland State Employees Plan Rallies to Protest Staff Cuts

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State employees are expected to rally across Maryland Wednesday to protest staff layoffs.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees says it will ask Maryland Governor Larry Hogan to stop staff cuts to public services.

According to organizers, the Division of Corrections announced plans to lay off more than 60 human resource workers to save $3 million. The Board of Public Works delayed that decisiion until next month.

The rallies will be held in the following locations:

Baltimore – 5:30 p.m. Corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and Baker Street and Pennsylvania Avenue and North Avenue

Hagerstown – 5:15 p.m.
Town Square – Corner of South Potomac Street and West Washington Street

Landover Hills – 6 p.m.
Ascension Lutheran Church and School
7515 Buchanan Street

Salisbury – 5:15PM
Riverwalk Park
300 South Salisbury Boulevard

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Franchot happy with “new sheriff in town”.

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You’ll have to pardon Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot for feeling a little personal vindication.

After eight years on the Board of Public Works seemingly tilting at procurement windmills, the state’s top elected Democrat said he’s taking some personal satisfaction from a new Republican governor who seems to be of a like mind when it comes to watching how state dollars are spent.

“My view is it’s a whole new day on the Board of Public Works and the ultimate beneficiaries will be the taxpayers of Maryland,” Franchot said following just his second board meeting with Gov. Larry Hogan.

Hogan, Franchot and Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp Wednesday voted to defer six spending requests totaling nearly $50 million over questions about poorly explained cost increases or bidding processes.

At the end of the meeting, Hogan declared there to be “a new sheriff in town.”

Franchot agreed.

“He’s clearly the new sheriff in town,” Franchot said. “I thought (Wednesday) was a big sea change from what it has been the last eight years that I’ve been on the board.”

During that time before Hogan, Franchot was typically the lone voice complaining about procurement processes he said did not yield the best quality or lowest costs for taxpayers. It was a complaint that frequently fell on deaf ears under Democratic Gov. Martin J. O’Malley.

“For the last eight years I was on the wrong side of 2 to 1 votes and if I in the future I am going to be on the right side of 2 to 1 votes, it will be personally satisfying,” Franchot said.

Read more: http://thedailyrecord.com/2015/02/19/franchot-happy-with-new-sheriff-in-town/#ixzz3SKOs4vMC

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Franchot says procurement process is broken and needs fixing.

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Above photo: Comptroller Peter Franchot speaks after being sworn in by Gov. Larry Hogan, left. Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan, right, was master of ceremonies. Pic courtesy Maryland Reporter –

At the Board of Public Works, Comptroller Peter Franchot has frequently complained about Maryland’s contracting process. At his swearing-in Monday, he made fixing the procurement process a priority he and Gov. Larry Hogan can accomplish without new legislation.

Hogan will chair his first Board of Public Works meeting Wednesday flanked by Franchot and State Treasurer Nancy Kopp.

Here is an excerpt from Franchot’s speech.

By Peter Franchot

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.

Far too often, I‘ve seen bid solicitations that result in single-bid contracts, and coincidentally or not, these single bids tend to be from incumbent vendors. So the Board of Public Works is forced to award contracts without ever knowing whether we, as a state, are getting the best deal on the market.

Far too often, we’re presented with contracts that practically put a gun to our head, where we don’t have adequate time to fix procedural issues. And instead are faced with an unacceptable choice between agreeing to a bad deal for taxpayers or discontinuing a service they desperately need.

– See more at: http://marylandreporter.com/2015/01/27/franchot-says-procurement-process-is-broken-and-needs-fixing/#sthash.iNpeGwTM.gCKclaa5.dpuf

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