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TOWSON, MD-The Maryland Board of Public Works approved a controversial loan to a Greene Turtle franchise here on Wednesday, despite objections raised by State Comptroller Peter Franchot.

Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp joined Gov. Martin O’Malley in voting in favor of the $240,000 loan. The financing had been delayed a month due to concerns Kopp had raised about the loan. At the Public Works session, Franchot argued that Towson is not the type of blighted community that should benefit from the Neighborhood Business Works program. Earlier, he characterized the Greene Turtle as a “sports bar in a college town.” He said the establishment should have been able to finance its expansion without a government loan, according to the Baltimore Sun.

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