According to the Washington Post, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan yesterday canceled this week’s meeting of the Board of Public Works amid a growing public feud with state Comptroller Peter Franchot, whose vote he needs on the board for his plan to add toll lanes to the Capital Beltway and Interstate 270.
The earliest the Board can now take up the changes is on January 8, the same date the new General Assembly session begins in Annapolis. The General Assembly is expected to take up legislation addressing public-private partnerships, such as the P3 tollway proposal.
Also, the December 14 article is the first big Washington Post story on the Maryland P3 proposal that also covers in detail some of Virginia’s botched P3 tollway deals.
The article quotes experts from the state of Virginia and elsewhere about the supreme importance of taking the time upfront to negotiate a deal that will protect taxpayers and public interests as well as address traffic issues.
“If done well, you can get a good project built. If done poorly, you can get a P3 Frankenstein,” John Forrer, director of George Washington University’s Institute for Corporate Responsibility told the Washington Post.
Tomorrow’s rally against the Beltway expansion is still on.
Monday, December 16, at 7 pm. Silver Spring Civic Center