BALTIMORE — Despite some objections, the state Board of Public Works has approved a nearly $64 million contract for Chimes Inc. to provide janitorial services for Baltimore/Washington International (BWI) Thurgood Marshall Airport, according to the Baltimore Business Journal.
The approval was opposed by Barbara A. Robinson, a Baltimore Democrat, the article stated.
According to the article, Robinson has drafted a bill for the legislative session that would exclude some nonprofits from the state''s Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) program.
Chimes is a nonprofit that provides employment opportunities for those with developmental disabilities, the article noted.
"What I am saying is there should be an even playing field," Robinson told the three-person Board of Public Works panel.
"When you put a MBE against a nonprofit, it''s not an even playing field," Robinson added.
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