Southern Maryland News: Comptroller Peter Franchot tours Waldorf businesses

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot (D) toured a Waldorf distillery, sports complex and health clinic Friday afternoon in the company of state and county elected officials. Franchot and Del. Edith Patterson (D) presented each of them with citations and proclamations commemorating their accomplishments. The first stop was BlueDyer Distilling Co. on Industrial Park Drive. Co-founder Ryan Vierheller was on hand to describe the history of the company, which is named after an ancestor of his who was a grain farmer, miller and distiller in Southern Pennsylvania in the 1720s. Franchot presented Vierheller with a proclamation in recognition of its first national award, which it received this year fr

Bay Times and Record Observer: Franchot visits Outlets, touts tax-free week

Bay Times and Record Observer Franchot visits Outlets, touts tax-free week August 24, 2017 By Mike Davis QUEENSTOWN — Stopping in Queen Anne’s County Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 16, Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot met with elected officials at the Queenstown Premium Outlets to support the Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week, as well as bought a new swimsuit with the 6 percent sales tax savings. Gathered outside the Eddie Bauer store, Franchot and others promoted the annual savings week for shoppers. The idea behind the program is to allow shoppers to ready their families for the upcoming school year, though Franchot said the week of savings is for all Marylanders. Franchot said the week is “an act

Star Democrat: Franchot honors Easton printing business

Star Democrat Franchot honors Easton printing business August 21, 2017 By Josh Bollinger EASTON — Comptroller Peter Franchot stopped in Easton Friday, Aug. 18, to honor a local family printing business, Bay Imprint. Franchot gave owners Scott Spector and Brenda Fike, along with Scott's parents who started the business in 1981, Brian and Cherie Spector, comptroller medallions and presented them with an official state citation "in recognition of your commitment to providing first class promotional products to clients in the mid-Atlantic area since 1981, and special appreciation for your industry experience, your contributions to Maryland’s economy, your excellent customer service. Best wishes

WMDT: Franchot looks to loosen regulations on breweries (VIDEO)

WMDT Franchot looks to loosen regulations on breweries (VIDEO) August 16, 2017 By Brandon Bossert Video available at SALISBURY, Md. - Maryland's Comptroller made a local visit Wednesday for a town hall to tap into restrictions and regulations on the craft brewing industry in the state. The event was called Reform On Tap, held at the Evolution Craft Brewing Company. Franchot had his sights set on what he called antiquated, outdated laws. "The beauty of this is (breweries) don't ask for anything, they don't need a tax break, they don't need a subsidy from the legislature. They just need the legisl Vast Majority of Marylanders Support Changes to Current Brewery Laws Vast Majority of Marylanders Support Changes to Current Brewery Laws August 15, 2017 ANNAPOLIS, Md. – An overwhelming majority of Marylanders support fundamental changes to the state’s alcohol laws that govern the production, distribution and sale of beer, according to the results of an online survey released today by Comptroller Peter Franchot. “Maryland’s current beer laws are dysfunctional and outdated and work to the detriment of consumers and small business,” said Comptroller Franchot in response to the unscientific survey. “Without comprehensive reform, Maryland’s reputation within the national craft brewing industry will continue to suffer. We must have laws that make sens

Naptown Pint: Reform on Tap Task Force: Silent Brewers, Leaked Plans and a Survey (4th Meeting) (VID

Naptown Pint Reform on Tap Task Force: Silent Brewers, Leaked Plans and a Survey (4th Meeting) (VIDEO) August 15, 2017 By Liz Murphy Video available at Editor’s Note: In full disclosure, I am a member of the Reform on Tap task force and not a third-party observer. This afternoon, the Reform on Tap Task Force, organized by the office of the Comptroller of Maryland Peter Franchot earlier this year, will meet for a fifth time at Peabody Heights Brewery (Baltimore) at 3 p.m., with a town hall meeting tomorrow at Evolution Brewing Co. (Salisbury) at 5 p.m. This will not be my usual long-w

Eye on Annapolis: Franchot warns tax professionals of yet another scam

Eye on Annapolis Franchot warns tax professionals of yet another scam August 12, 2017 Comptroller Peter Franchot is alerting Tax professionals and those working within the tax industry about a new phishing email scam impersonating tax software providers and attempting to steal usernames and passwords. The Internal Revenue Service said this latest scam email variation comes with a subject line of “Software Support Update” and highlights an “Important Software System Upgrade.” It thanks recipients for continuing to trust the software provider to serve their tax preparation needs and mimics the software providers’ email templates. The e-mail informs the recipients that due to a recent software

Dorchester Star: Comptroller Franchot visits A.E. Phillips and Sons Seafood

Dorchester Star Comptroller Franchot visits A.E. Phillips and Sons Seafood August 10, 2017 By Victoria Wingate CAMBRIDGE — Comptroller Peter Franchot travelled to Fishing Creek’s A.E. Phillips and Sons Seafood to take a tour of the facility and present a proclamation on Monday, July 31. General Manager Morgan Tolley led the tour, joined by company CEO Steve Phillips, Del. Johnny Mautz, R-37B-Talbot, Register of Wills Doris Lewis, and Dorchester County Orphan Court Judge Calvin Travers. Franchot and guests were given a brief lesson on blue crab anatomy and methods used to catch them, met a crab fisherman bringing in the day’s catch to sell right from his boat, visited the picking house where

Dorchester Banner: Franchot gives Bright Lights Award to ESLC

Dorchester Banner Franchot gives Bright Lights Award to ESLC August 3, 2017 By Paul Clipper CAMBRIDGE — Maryland State Comptroller Peter Franchot came to this city on Aug. 31, to present his Bright Lights Award to the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy. The presentation was made inside of the cavernous remains of the Phillips Packing Company’s Factory F on Dorchester Avenue, a location the ESLC is working to restore and re-purpose into an upscale marketplace for regional food purveyors. Peter Franchot’s Bright lights Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship was established by the comptroller’s office. The award celebrates innovation in both private and nonprofit businesses; “innovation that str

Eye on Annapolis: Baltimore woman sentenced to probation in tax fraud case

Eye on Annapolis Baltimore woman sentenced to probation in tax fraud case August 3, 2017 Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh and Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot announced today that Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Michele Jaklitsch sentenced Rochelle Cunningham, 46, of Baltimore City to five years’ probation before judgment and ordered $77,983.06 in restitution. Cunningham previously pleaded guilty to one count of felony theft scheme having a value of more than $500. Between January 2005 and April 2009, Cunningham was part of a scheme that involved the filing of fraudulent Maryland individual tax returns using stolen identities. During that time period, $77,983.06 in stolen tax re

Cecil Whig: Franchot promotes tax-free week

Cecil Whig (Special from Star Democrat) Franchot promotes tax-free week August 1, 2017 By Josh Bollinger EASTON — Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot was in Easton Monday promoting the state’s upcoming Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week, which starts Aug. 13 and runs through Aug. 19. Franchot, speaking at Sailor on Harrison Street, said the state’s 6 percent sales tax will be waived on any items of clothing that cost $100 or cheaper, and backpacks that cost $40 or cheaper. He called the tax-free week “a big help for families that are purchasing back-to-school clothing, but frankly, it is open to anyone, adults or otherwise” who are shopping. “We underline (tax-free week) because we’re sick and tire

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