State Roundup, September 19, 2017

HUMAN SERVICES MISSPENT $5M, AUDIT FINDS: Department of Human Services mishandled state contracts and unnecessarily spent nearly $5 million — sometimes without getting anything in return, Erin Cox reports for the Sun.

METRO CHAIR SAYS AGENCY NEEDS $25 BILLION: Faiz Siddiqui of the Post reports that, in a break with Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld, board Chairman Jack Evans says the agency should be pushing for $25 billion over 10 years to cover the system’s long-term needs, significantly more than the $15.5 billion the agency chief has requested.

UM PHARMACY SCHOOL CANCELS POT CLASSES: Citing legal concerns, the University of Maryland’s School of Pharmacy has canceled plans to offer training for those who work in the medical marijuana industry, Meredith Cohn reports in the Sun. After consulting with the Maryland attorney general’s office, the university asked pharmacy school officials to cancel the classes, a university spokesman said.

3 UNIVERSITY CHIEFS GET RAISES: The University System of Maryland agreed with consultants to give raises to three university presidents. That includes University of Maryland, College Park President Wallace Loh, who earns an annual $600,000. He will receive an increase of $75,000. University of Maryland University College’s Javier Miyares will receive a $50,000 increase and Salisbury University’s Janet Dudley-Eschbach will get a $20,000 increase, Bryna Zumer of WBFF-TV reports.