The Maryland Board of Public Works voted Wednesday to defer a vote on nearly $300 million in contracts submitted by the state Department of Juvenile Services after raising questions about the size of the contracts and the state’s need to rein in spending.
Comptroller Peter Franchot (D), who sits on the three-member panel that reviews all major state expenditures, criticized the agency for seeking to spend $297 million to provide services to 860 children, or about $346,000 per child.
Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford (R), who was filling in for Gov. Larry Hogan (R) as chair because Hogan is on an overseas trip, said he shared Franchot’s concerns.