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(Photo illustration by Maximilian Franz)
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Board of Public Works reschedules meeting

Reports: Hogan has been ill since he "picked up a bug in Korea."

The Board of Public Works has rescheduled a meeting canceled last week because of a personal issue involving Gov. Larry Hogan.

The board, which is chaired by Hogan, will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Annapolis.

The three-member board responsible for approving state contracts is made up of Hogan, Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot and Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp.

The board’s meeting last week was canceled late Tuesday afternoon because of “an immediate personal matter (Hogan) had to attend,” according to a Hogan spokesman.

The Washington Post reported Monday that Hogan has canceled a number of events since returning from Asia. Sources told the paper “governor picked up a bug in Korea.

Among the items what will be decided are a plan to spend $20 million transferred from the state’s rainy day fund on expenses related to the riot and state of emergency in Baltimore following the funeral of Freddie Gray, who died while in the custody of Baltimore City police.

Part of the draft proposal drafted by Hogan included a plan to earmark nearly $6 million for a catastrophic events fund that has just $173,000. That portion of the plan is opposed by the chief budget analyst for the General Assembly.

“I can buy almost all of it, but I can’t buy the $5.9 (million),” said Warren Deschenaux, director of the Office of Policy Analysis for the Department of Legislative Services.

Aides to Hogan decline to comment on the plan publicly and instead criticized Deschenaux.

“Oddly, the legislature’s top financial analyst is undermining efforts by both lawmakers and the administration to bring needed resources to our first responders and communities. DLS should get their facts right,” said Douglass Mayer, a spokesman for Hogan.

The board is also expected to revisit a number of contracts that were deferred by the board at its June 3 meeting including 31 contracts totaling $297 million for residential services through the Department of Juvenile Services. Franchot, Kopp and Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford, who chaired the board while Hogan was in Asia, asked the agency for more specifics related to the requested expenditure.