Would you hire a company to undertake a $7 million job that had virtually no employees, no equipment and no experience to handle the task?
Of course not, but the Schaefer administration may have other ideas.
That's because the company in this instance is WBS Inc., a year-old Baltimore-based firm associated with William L. "Little Willie" Adams, a longtime political ally of the governor. When the lottery giant GTECH Corp. bid and won Maryland's $65 million lottery computer contract, it identified WBS as one of the minority businesses that would receive a sizable chunk of the financial action for printing lottery tickets.
But now the state's own Division of Fair Practices has disqualified WBS as a minority enterprise under state guidelines because the company is essentially a pass-through operation. It planned to subcontract the printing to a Virginia minority-run firm and rake off the profits for funneling this work to the company. WBS, it turns out, is a corporate shell incapable of performing the printing itself.