Herald-Mail: Maryland comptroller opens new office, announces Hagerstown call center

Herald-Mail Maryland comptroller opens new office, announces Hagerstown call center July 27, 2017 By Tamela Baker Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot officially opened his newly relocated area office Thursday, but that wasn't all. Franchot announced that the comptroller's office also will open a new remote customer-call center in downtown Hagerstown in time for the 2018 tax season. He said it will be the agency's second regional call center. The first was opened in Salisbury earlier this year and currently employs about 20 people. Franchot said he plans to have the center open by the end of the year. "Obviously, we have to find the right spot in downtown Hagerstown," he said. "We want it to

Bay Times and Record Observer: Clean up begins on Kent Island

Bay Times and Record Observer Clean up begins on Kent Island July 26, 2017 By Mike Davis STEVENSVILLE — The four-minute wrecking ball of a tornado that damaged Kent Island communities on Monday, July 24, and left about 9,000 homes and businesses without electricity may have caused chaos, but on Tuesday, July 25, Kent Islanders and anyone willing to help worked together to begin restoring their communities. Throughout the Bay City and Ellendale neighborhoods on Tuesday, friends, families and neighbors walked the streets and moved debris out of yards and homes. Tree cutting companies coupled with people with chainsaws were heard cutting through downed trees and thick branches. Trucks carrying

In Park Magazine: Ride Entertainment Awarded Bright Lights Award from State of Maryland

In Park Magazine Ride Entertainment Awarded Bright Lights Award from State of Maryland July 26, 2017 By Joe Kleiman Ride Entertainment, a leader in selling, operating and installing amusement and thrill park attractions worldwide, is proud to announce that its work in the attractions industry earned the company the 2017 Bright Lights Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot. The Comptroller’s Bright Lights Award recognizes and celebrates innovation in the private and nonprofit sectors. One company from each of Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City were honored. Headquartered at the Chesapeake Bay Business Park in Stevensville, Ride Entertainment

Localdvm.com: Comptroller Franchot visits Montgomery County craft brewers (VIDEO)

Localdvm.com Comptroller Franchot visits Montgomery County craft brewers (VIDEO) July 24, 2017 By Emilie Ikeda Video available at http://www.localdvm.com/news/i-270/comptroller-franchot-visits-montgomery-county-craft-brewers/773377999 BROOKEVILLE, Md. - As Maryland's comptroller continues to advocate for craft brewers, he stopped at one in Montgomery County Monday to congratulate the business owners on their one-year anniversary. Peter Franchot said while alcohol needs to be regulated, it should be done with a very “light hand.” He wants the state to be more welcoming to the sector, because it can open a lot of jobs. This past legislative session, District 14’s Senator Craig Zucker helped el

Times-Record: Franchot visits new Ridgely fire station

Times-Record Franchot visits new Ridgely fire station July 19, 2017 By Dustin Holt RIDGELY — Comptroller Peter Franchot stopped by the new Ridgely Volunteer Fire Department fire station Monday, July 17, during his visit to Caroline County. After presenting a proclamation to the department members, Franchot took a tour of the new fire station, which opened in May. “It is a gorgeous place,” he said. “Hats off to everyone involved in the fundraising and planning.” The 19,875-square-foot building is located at 101 Sunset Blvd., and sits on 4.2 acres of land, featuring larger, wider bays to accommodate larger equipment. The firehouse also includes an addition for Caroline County Department of Eme

WCBC Radio: Franchot Earns Award

WCBC Radio Franchot Earns Award July 15, 2017 The Office of the Maryland Comptroller has once again received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from a North American government finance organization. The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) honored the agency for Maryland’s fiscal year 2016 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), marking the 37th consecutive year that the Comptroller’s Office has received the award. Comptroller Peter Franchot accepted the award on behalf of his agency, saying it validates the work done by his highly professional staff. https://www.wcbcradio.com/?news=franchot-earns-award

Garrett County Republican: Franchot makes presentations in Garrett County

Garrett County Republican Franchot makes presentations in Garrett County July 13, 2017 By Brenda Ruggiero GARRETT COUNTY —Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot spent the day in Garrett and Allegany counties on Thursday, July 6. His first stop was at Hobbitat, a tiny home builder based in McHenry that started in 2012 with 13 cabins or “hobs” at Blue Moon Rising, a vacation retreat at Deep Creek Lake. The company, operated by Bill and Sue Thomas, now uses reclaimed and repurposed materials to create energy-efficient spaces. Franchot presented Hobbitat with the 2017 Bright Lights Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Garrett County. The award, given in each of Maryland’s 23 counties and B

WYPR: While Maryland broods over beer, Michigan’s craft beer industry grows

WYPR While Maryland broods over beer, Michigan’s craft beer industry grows July 13, 2017 By John Lee This is a tale of two states and their approaches to local brewers. The folks at the Founders Brewery in Grand Rapids, Michigan, are making 450,000 barrels of beer each year and selling 6,000 of those barrels in their tap room, one pint at a time. That works out to about one and a half million pints. No Maryland brewer comes anywhere close to that. Founders’ co-founder Mike Stevens says there is no cap on the number of beers a Michigan brewery can sell in its taproom, and that’s been good for business. "We found that the more breweries that opened and the more tap rooms that opened, the more

Daily Record: Md. election officials ask board to rectify $1.6M mistake

Daily Record Md. election officials ask board to rectify $1.6M mistake July 5, 2017 By Bryan Sears ANNAPOLIS — State election officials told the Board of Public Works Wednesday that they had underestimated by $1.6 million the cost of maintaining Maryland’s voting system. The board, minus Treasurer Nancy Kopp, who was not in attendance, voted 2-0 to approve the contract modification, largely to cover the cost of four employees whose salaries were underestimated by roughly 3,000 hours. The contract with Chicago-based Elections Systems and Software is expected to grow when officials seek approval for more voting machines to help alleviate long lines at polling places that occurred in 2016. Comp

Eye on Annapolis: Franchot reports $5.7 million rebate from State purchasing card

Eye on Annapolis Franchot reports $5.7 million rebate from State purchasing card July 2, 2017 Comptroller Peter Franchot has announced that the State of Maryland has received a $5.7 million rebate from U.S. Bank. The rebate is the result of 76 state agencies spending more than $286 million on small purchases through Maryland’s Corporate Purchasing Card program for the period of April 26, 2016 through April 25, 2017. “Taxpayers want and expect us to do everything we can to watch out for their financial best interest and to save them money,” Comptroller Franchot said. “In my role as the state’s fiscal watchdog, it’s what my office does each day. The Corporate Purchasing Card program allows sta

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