Laslo Boyd

Laslo Boyd

Laslo Boyd's professional experience includes serving as education advisor to the Governor of Maryland, Acting Secretary of Higher Education, senior administrator in several higher education institutions and university professor.  His work in political campaigns has involved strategic communications, public opinion polling, and development of position papers.  Dr. Boyd has consulted for a wide range of clients in higher education, government, and business.  He has provided political commentary and analysis in both print and electronic media.

Laslo Boyd: Secure the Borders

By: Laslo Boyd There’s a deadly epidemic sweeping the country.  To safeguard Maryland residents, extreme measures may be necessary.  If you missed the news last week, there’s been an outbreak of “Mad Pol” disease.  Chris Christie, the Governor of New Jersey, told a questioner that parents should have a choice about whether or not to vaccinate their children.  Rand Paul, Senator from Kentucky and a doctor as well, raised similar concerns.  He then went a step further, noting that "I've heard of many tragic cases of walking, talking, normal children who wound up with profound mental disorders after vaccines."  Paul, with that comment, showed symptoms of a particularly virulent form of the disease known as the “Bachmann syndrome.” Both Christie and Paul are widely seen as contenders for the Republican nomination for president in 2016, but there’s no conclusive proof linking that status to their remarks.  Or, to paraphrase Paul, there... Continue reading
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Laslo Boyd: Bob Caret's Agenda

By: Laslo Boyd Bob Caret doesn’t officially start his new job as Chancellor of the University System of Maryland until July, but he’s already hard at work.  He’s making regular trips to Maryland to meet with university presidents, state leaders, and others whose support he will need in the coming years.Maryland is familiar territory to Caret.  He spent much of his academic career here, including eight years as President of Towson University.   He also has experience as President of San Jose State University and of the University of Massachusetts system.  So you won’t be surprised to learn that Caret has some very definite views about what he wants to achieve in his new leadership role.In our discussion last week, the Chancellor-designate identified several broad areas on which he expects to concentrate.  There will undoubtedly be revisions and refinements to this list as he collects more information but they give a clear... Continue reading
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Laslo Boyd: Not So Bad As Expected

By: Laslo BoydIf the forecasts from last weekend had been correct, we would just now be digging out from under a mountain of snow. Grateful as we may be that we could get our cars out relatively easily, it is a good reminder that how we react to an event is often influenced in large degree by our expectations about it beforehand.Or, when you read the title, did you think I was referring to Larry Hogan’s budget?  There’s a good bit of chatter following the formal release of the budget that it, too, could have been much worse.  That reaction, however, would depend on who you are.For example, state employees, always an easy target of budget cutters, can’t be thrilled to have a pay increase rescinded.  Similarly, for those responsible for providing education to Baltimore City Public School students, the reduction in state aid is a serious problem.Let’s go back to... Continue reading
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Laslo Boyd: Peter Franchot 3.0

By: Laslo BoydOnce upon a time, a delegate named Peter Franchot represented Montgomery County in the Maryland General Assembly.  Franchot was elected five times, served on various sub-committees of the House Appropriations Committee, and was widely seen as one of the most progressive members of the Democratic Party.  He might even have accepted the label of “tax and spend liberal.”In 2006, Franchot sought higher office, running what many at the time saw as a long-shot campaign to displace William Donald Schaefer as Maryland’s Comptroller.  In a three way primary, Franchot prevailed, easily won the General Election over a weak Republican opponent, and has coasted to re-election twice since then.In his early years as Comptroller, Franchot spoke out on a wide variety of public issues and managed in the process to annoy both Governor Martin O’Malley and the leadership of the General Assembly.  To his detractors, the Comptroller was acting more like... Continue reading
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Laslo Boyd: All Roads Lead to the Speaker's Office

By: Laslo BoydMike Busch, Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates, is about to about to begin working with his third governor. His reflections, as he described them to me last week, on the first two, Bob Ehrlich and Martin O’Malley, set the context for what he expects from the newest arrival to the second floor of the State House, Larry Hogan. As Busch put it without the smallest bit of irony, he “clashed” with Ehrlich.  Both were brand new to their positions and the Speaker acknowledges that both made mistakes.  Busch survived and learned from his and now is starting his fourth term as Speaker.  Ehrlich didn’t do nearly as well, having been shown the door by voters after a single term as governor. According to the Speaker, Ehrlich could have been successful if he had been more willing to compromise with the legislature.  In Busch’s view, a package that... Continue reading
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