State House Renovation Running $1.2M Over Budget

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At a time when Maryland is projecting a new $200 million budget deficit, renovations to State House are running $1.2 million over budget, according to an agenda item on the Board of Public Works meeting to be held Wednesday.

The renovations are being done by Coakley & Williams Construction Inc., which has donated $24,000 to various politicians over the last two election cycles, according to records from the Maryland Board of Elections. The company donated $8,000 to Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley’s campaign and $5,000 to former Republican Gov. Robert Ehrlich Jr.

Board members Gov. Martin O’Malley, Treasurer Nancy Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot will vote on the increase this week. The original $8.37 million renovation is scheduled to be completed in December. State documents say the $1.2-million increase is needed to cover additional costs of replacing pipes and air conditioning vents.

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