Bay Times and Record Observer: Franchot visits courthouse, tours with officials

CENTREVILLE — On August 23, 2016, elected officials, county employees and Queen Anne’s County citizens gathered across from the BB&T on Commerce Street in Centreville and threw dirt in the air, gold shovels and all, to signify the beginning of the new circuit courthouse construction project. A little over a year later, many of those same people met inside the 42,000-square-foot structure to view the progress contractors had completed with Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot. Unlike last time where the ceremony took place on the flattened dirt lot, walls had now been built, wires attached along the ceiling and the rooms could be identified. Though work is still to be done, the almost $20 mill

WFMD: Comptroller Praises Craft Beer Industry In Visit To Flying Dog Brewery

Frederick, Md (KM). They may not have “rolled out the barrel” as the line from the song “Beer Barrel Polka” states, but brewers and hops growers welcomed Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot on Wednesday at the Flying Dog Brewery in Frederick. Franchot, whose agency regulates the alcohol industry in Maryland, had a lot of praise for the craft brewing industry in remarks he made to the audience. “This is a great form of manufacturing jobs. It boosts the reputation of the state because Flying Dog is sold all over the world,” he said. The Northeast Hop Selection was a gathering of brewers and hops growers who sniffed and sampled hops used in the production of beer. It was also a chance to build

WMAR: Comptroller pushes new Dulaney High School (VIDEO)

Video available at http://www.abc2news.com/news/region/baltimore-county/comptroller-pushes-new-dulaney-high-school TIMONIUM, Md. - He arrives like a building inspector after a minor tremor. "The water fountains don't work and the floors are cracking and the foundation is giving way," said Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot as he toured an aging building. Yet students at Dulaney High School cheer him like a rock star. "Mr. Peter Franchot is here!" “Yes!" responded students seated in the cafeteria. Better known as the state's top bean counter and for pushing tax-free back-to-school week, Franchot has become a champion in the push back against throwing money at renovating the aging high school

Local DVM: Maryland's comptroller visits Middletown for 250th anniversary (VIDEO)

Video available at http://www.localdvm.com/news/i-270/marylands-comptroller-visits-middletown-for-250th-anniversary/816782286 MIDDLETOWN, Md. - Middletown, Md. is celebrating 250 years of being a community, and Maryland state officials stopped by and visited local businesses to celebrate. The town was once held for ransom during the Civil War, and now, Middletown is celebrating it's 250th birthday. "We've had a long history here, even going back to the French and Indian War, [and] Colonel Washington came through here with General Braddock," said John Miller, Burgess, Middletown. To celebrate the town's rich history, Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot visited as a special guest. "For him, it

Herald-Mail: Comptroller's Hagerstown call center to open in January and will employ 12

ANNAPOLIS — The new customer call center that Comptroller Peter Franchot promised earlier this summer for downtown Hagerstown will employ 12 full-time workers and open in early January — just in time for the 2018 tax season. The Maryland Board of Public Works on Wednesday unanimously approved a 10-year lease for the new center in Franklin Plaza at 33 W. Franklin St. Franchot said Wednesday that he sees "potential growth" in the number of workers at the center. His office fields 750,000 calls from taxpayers all over the state each year, he said. To improve service, his office has already opened a call center in Salisbury to help field the calls. Franchot said the Hagerstown center will comple

Baltimore Business Journal: Maryland cuts revenue projections by $126.5 million amid 'weak'

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Daily Record: Franchot: Amazon jobs the answer to Baltimore’s challenges

ANNAPOLIS — The state’s chief tax collector Wednesday threw his support behind an effort to bring Amazon’s second headquarters to Baltimore. Comptroller Peter Franchot, a Democrat, said he was pleased to hear Republican Gov. Larry Hogan was teaming with Baltimore Democratic Mayor Catherine Pugh in “aggressively pitching” Port Covington as a site for what is being called Amazon’s HQ2. “This site, with it’s strategic location along the I-95 corridor and close proximity to the Port of Baltimore and Thurgood Marshall Baltimore-Washington International Airport, along with the fact that the Baltimore region is home to some of the most educated and productive residents in the nation. Port Covington

Havre de Grace Patch: Harford Community Action Agency Welcomes Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot

Harford Community Action Agency welcomed Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot for a visit and tour on September 15. During his visit, Comptroller Franchot presented a Certificate of Recognition of in honor of Harford Community Action Agency's 35th anniversary to Pamela J. Craig, executive director, and Meg Deem, president of the agency's board of directors. He praised the agency for its work in helping Harford County individuals and families who are experiencing financial hardships in meeting their housing, food, energy/heating and/or budget and family counseling needs. During the tour, Comptroller Franchot saw a new program in action, "Try It in the Lobby." Donated fresh fruits and vegetable

EyeOnAnnapolis.net: More than $300K found at Maryland State Fair this year

Comptroller Peter Franchot has announced that nearly 300 people discovered more than $300,000 in unclaimed funds after visiting his agency’s booth at the Maryland State Fair this summer. One visitor discovered an unexpected windfall of $71,516. Throughout the summer, Comptroller Franchot’s staff worked the unclaimed property booths at county fairs and the State Fair as part of an initiative to help reunite Marylanders with money they are owed. This year, more people found unclaimed property at a higher total dollar amount than at last year’s fair, possibly due to higher attendance. More than 1,400 people made inquiries at the unclaimed property booth at the fair in 2017. “It’s our duty and p

Kent County News: Franchot presents WC with Bright Lights award

CHESTERTOWN — Maryland Comptroller Peter Francot awarded Washington College with the 2017 Bright Lights Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship during a presentation Tuesday, in recognition of the college's initiatives to make education more affordable and to lessen student debt. "Washington College is a gem of an institution," Franchot told those gathered, who ranged from college employees to local officials, in the skybox above the college's Roy Kirby Jr. Field. "The state of Maryland is really lucky that we have you as an asset." Joe Holt, director of institutional giving for the Office of College Advancement, said the Dam the Debt, Saver's Scholarship, George's Brigade and the Fixed4Fo

WCBC Radio: Comptroller Franchot Extends Tax Relief and Assistance to Help Hurricane Irma Victims

In the aftermath of the destruction and damage caused by Hurricane Irma throughout Florida, Comptroller Peter Franchot today announced a plan to ease the suffering of victims trying to recover from this monstrous natural disaster. The Comptroller has: · Issued a temporary waiver of certain IFTA requirements and Motor Fuel Tax returns for companies affected by the storm. · Granted a fuel waiver concerning conventional and reformulated gasoline to ensure the supply of gasoline in the State of Maryland. · Named agency contact personnel to assist taxpayers and businesses with other tax filings. “Floridians have been through a traumatic evacuation, a massive hurricane an

Severna Park Voice: Being Comptroller Is More Than Just Collecting Taxes

By Peter Franchot In my travels across Maryland, many people lightheartedly call me the “tax man.” It’s a job description that ranks right up there in popularity with a telemarketer, a baseball umpire or a parking enforcement officer. Don’t get me wrong, I love being your comptroller, but collecting taxes (and hopefully, for many of you, providing refunds), is just one part of what our more than 1,100 dedicated employees do every day. I recently joined agents from our Field Enforcement Division in the treasury building’s so-called “vault,” where we store confiscated alcohol, tobacco and other products that have been seized from people who illegally import or sell these products without payin

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