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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.

It would be interesting to see if (1) the company was the lowest bidder, and (2) how much lower it was then its competitors?

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