Moore sets priorities as he chairs his first Board of Public Works meeting

Maryland Gov. Wes Moore chaired his first Board of Public Works meeting on Wednesday, according to WBALTV.

The board has the authority to spend money and approve state contracts. On Wednesday, it approved more than $229 million in expenditures. Among the several capital projects approved includes $68 million to begin construction of a new Baltimore City District Courthouse.

The governor was all smiles as he stated how excited he was about his role. He then quickly got down to business, saying the board’s focus will be intentional in how, what and where state resources will be invested. Moore said decisions made by the board will be led by data and performance.

“Importantly, we will ensure that we are treating Minority Business Enterprise goals not just as suggestions from prime contractors, but as promises, as commitments made to the state and our MBE communities who simply want a fair shot at competing for and receiving work. The era of agencies generously issuing MBE waivers and not holding prime contractors accountable to meeting these MBE goals, those days and that era has come to an end,” Moore said.

Moore also outlined a green agenda with a focus on open space, tidal wetlands and construction projects.

The governor said his administration will challenge the status quo and will charter a different course for Maryland.

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