Skip to comments.Hogan responds to ethics concerns over pulled transportation contract
Posted on 06/14/2018 11:01:46 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
WASHINGTON Maryland Republican Gov. Larry Hogan is responding to ethics concerns raised over a proposed consulting contract that is tied to a huge transportation project.
The $68.5 million contract, related to Hogan’s $7.6 billion plan to widen parts of the Capital Beltway and Interstate 270, was pulled from consideration Wednesday by the Maryland Board of Public Works, which approves state contracts.
“We held up the approval just to make sure that there isn’t any conflict,” Hogan told WTOP in an interview Friday. “I expressed some of the same concerns that other people have and that’s why the board of public works agreed to hold it up to make sure that we get all the transparency that we need.”
In what has become an election-year debate, state Democrats have criticized the speed with which the contract, sought by HNTB Corp., moved through the Maryland Department of Transportations approval process.
The firm was granted a waiver of the states usual competitive bid process and gained approval in weeks instead of the months it can typically take.
“This expedited approval process was unanimously approved by the legislature,” Hogan said. “This is probably the most important issue we have. Everybody wants to see the traffic fixed.”
There is also a connection between Secretary of Transportation Pete Rahn and HNTB. Rahn worked for the company for five years.
There is a cloud of scandal surrounding this contract, given Governor Hogan and Secretary Rahns cozy relationship with HNTB, said Maryland Democratic Party Chair Kathleen Matthews. Taxpayers deserve to know whether there was cronyism, favoritism, and pay-to-play.
Matthews called on Hogan to release all communications between HNTB and his administration.
Hogan said that would not be a problem.
“If we get a request for information, I think the transportation department would be happy to provide it,” he said.
MDOT spokeswoman Erin Henson issued a statement earlier in the week saying the contract was withdrawn from consideration to ensure that any questions members of the board have about the project are fully addressed.
Maryland “Freak State” PING!
My Maryland primary is looming on June 26 and I wish I could be motivated to GOTV.
I happen to live in the only CD represented by a GOP; the other seven CDs are RATS.
Gov. Hogan, a NeverTrumper, has a 70% approval rating, to my chagrin. I cannot support any candidate who repudiates my POTUS!!!
Moreover, I yearn for another William Donald Schaefer to rehabilitate “Charm City” (Baltimore) and restore pride in Maryland in general.
Me too... but for now I will settle for Hogans re-election.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.