Daily Record: Franchot says contract board ruling means MIA lease should be nixed

Renewing the Maryland Insurance Administration’s lease at a building in downtown Baltimore violated procurement law, the state’s contract appeals board has ruled, but it’s up to the Board of Public Works to decide if the contract stands. Comptroller Peter Franchot, one of three members on the Board of Public Works, said in light of the appeals board’s ruling the spending panel needs to reconsider MIA’s office lease with Kornblatt Co. The comptroller said it would be “highly irregular,” and that he’d be “shocked” if the board does not reconsider the lease. “It’s the right thing to do, period,” Franchot said. When the Board of Public Works considered the contract on Jan. 8 Franchot was the lon

WMAR 2: Maryland lawmakers argue over sales tax proposal

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A large and enthusiastic crowd came to the treasury building to show their disdain for a $4 billion a year tax increase for the Kirwan Education Bill. The crowd was mainly made up of those in the real estate business. The tax increase bill would lower the sales tax from six to five percent and then would add a five percent tax on services that have never been taxed before like hair cuts, lawn work, accountants and legal service. Julie Shepard works for a realtor in Annapolis. "Your fee has increased by $10,000," said Shepard. Delegate Eric Luedtke, who is the sponsor of the bill, says realtors did not add in the fact materials may be cheaper because of the sales tax reductio

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