In an epic and bizarre meeting of the State Board of Public Works, the governor, aided by Comptroller Peter Franchot, voted to hold back $15 million in needed school rebuilding funds from Baltimore City and County in order to force the jurisdictions to buy and install portable air conditioners in classrooms immediately. It was a classic populist power-play, cramming-down arguably wasteful spending in a crowd-pleasing show of naked force. The move prompted the resignation of David Lever, executive director of the Interagency Committee on School Construction, the state agency that nominally had controlled such decisions before last Wednesday. Hogan then kicked Lever in his ass on the way out the door, telling a reporter he is "very pleased" with the regulation of the respected, non-partisan, professional planner, who plans to leave in September. "My only regret," the governor told The Sun's Pamela Wood, "is it doesn't take effect immediately."