(Citybizlist) — Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown rarely gets to assume the bully pulpit that is the chairmanship of the Board of Public Works, but he took Gov. Martin O’Malley’s absence last week as an opportunity to rail against what he sees as a shortcoming in the state’s minority contracting rules.
Brown complained on several occasions about contractors that claimed there aren’t opportunities to involve minority firms in bids that have to do with proprietary software or technology. The state’s goal is to direct 25 percent of its business to minority or women-owned subcontractors.