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University System of Maryland
Maryland agencies should bid their projects fairly
Maryland agencies should bid their projects fairly

This winter, Gov. Larry Hogan made a critical move toward improving how Maryland selects its contractors. Faced with several questionable contracts up for approval by the Board of Public Works, the governor joined with Comptroller Peter Franchot to reject proposals that seemed too expensive or failed to undergo serious competition. Good governance should not be a partisan issue; still, it is refreshing to see a Democrat and Republican working together to promote sound procurement practices. For example, it is a lot easier for Maryland residents to get a good deal when there are several bidders competing for a contract. That's why state agencies are expected to foster as much...