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Building council considers green standards, Plan Maryland

ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Green Building Council is scheduled to receive presentations on Plan Maryland and new green building construction codes enacted by the legislature earlier this year.

The council is expected to meet Wednesday morning to consider the measures.

The new construction codes passed by the General Assembly mirror that of the International Green Construction Code. Plan Maryland is Gov. Martin O’Malley’s state-wide growth plan that has received blowback from county and municipal leaders.

The council is charged with evaluating high performance building technologies and recommending cost-effective green technologies to be used in constructing state building.

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  1. Whether it be the New York times Article in 2009 or the government watchdog report in 2012, the problem with the green tax incentives is not with a lack of public support or evaluation of technologies, it is with government oversight….monitoring, investigating, and prosecuting abuse of the contracts signed to obtain these credits.

    The Center for Public Integrity found Maryland at the bottom of the nation’s ranking on corruption and fraud, much of that due to what our local politicians openly state to be little or no oversight. So, as we embark on yet another use of taxpayer money on a seemingly ‘good’ program, citizens are demanding the State of Maryland develop white collar criminal enforcement of these business contracts. That starts with the State’s prosecutors office demanding a doubling and tripling of his white collar criminal agency.