Hyattsville Life and Times: State comptroller stops in Hyattsville on ‘Shop Maryland’ tour

BY KRISSI HUMBARD — Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot is touring the state to remind residents to shop local this holiday season. Franchot stopped in Hyattsville on Nov. 28 as part of his annual “Shop Maryland for the Holidays” statewide tour. This year, the tour includes nine stops across the state. Franchot, who lives in Takoma Park, called Hyattsville one of his favorite communities. His first stop was at Franklins Restaurant, Brewery and General Store — “a legend,” he called it — where he presented owner Mike Franklin with a certificate of recognition congratulating him on 25 years in business. Franklins celebrates its 25th anniversary on Dec. 3. He also thanked two Franklins employee

CBC Radio: Franchot Warns Of Holidays Scammers

During the holiday shopping season, shoppers are looking for the perfect gifts and criminals are looking for sensitive data. This data includes credit card numbers, financial accounts and Social Security numbers. Cybercriminals can use this information to file a fraudulent tax return. During National Tax Security Awareness Week, the IRS is partnering with state tax agencies, the tax industry and groups across the country to remind people about the importance of data protection. "Online scammers are very active during the holiday season and we want Marylanders to know how to keep their personal information secure," said Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot. Anyone with an online presence can d

Baltimore Sun: Comptroller Franchot seeks to lift cap on craft beer production, sales

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot unveiled a legislative package Monday that would make sweeping changes to the state’s regulation of craft breweries. Franchot’s 12-point “Reform on Tap Act of 2018” would eliminate limits on sales from taprooms and for take-home consumption for the state’s breweries. It also would eliminate limits on beer production for breweries that faced caps and let localities set taproom hours. The proposal is intended to do away with regulations Franchot said have stifled one of the state’s most promising economic engines. “Despite the impressive growth and performance of our craft brewing industry, we simply cannot ignore the fact that our laws and regulatory framew

Bethesda Magazine: Montgomery County Man With Rare Cancer Honored as NIH Fundraising Force

Andrew Lee knows how to make an entrance. As politicians, researchers and business people mingled at the Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Friday morning, the roar of an exhaust could be heard through the windows of the meeting room. Before you saw Lee, you could hear his car coming. Heads turned to the parking lot as the bright orange 2015 Nissan GT-R pulled across several parking spaces in front of the meeting room’s windows. Lee emerged with a smile. The 22-year-old former Kensington resident, who now lives in Silver Spring, has proven to be a fundraising force for NIH, the cutting-edge medical research center in Bethesda. Last year, he presented a check for $200,0

ABC 2 Baltimore: Comptroller Peter Franchot visits Lansdowne High School

Comptroller Peter Franchot took a trip to Baltimore County Thursday, he spoke at the Catonsville Chamber luncheon and visited Lansdowne High School. The high school has been described as structurally deficient and an unsafe learning environment for the students and faculty. In 2013, the Systemwide Physical Facilities Assessment gave the high school a building condition score of 1.74 out of 5 possible points. The school’s rating is the lowest rating among all 24 high schools in the county. Franchot toured the school to see its conditions in person Thursday. He sits on the board of Public Works which approves public school construction projects. The county is requesting more than $23 million i

Daily Record: Md. comptroller’s craft beer report harshly criticial of restrictions

The limits placed on Maryland’s craft beer industry in the legislation that brought Guinness to the state have created a poor regulatory and statutory environment for a burgeoning sector of the economy, a report from the comptroller’s office said. The rules that govern the industry have become a sign of the state’s general attitudes toward business, said Comptroller Peter Franchot. “(The limits) have become emblematic of the state’s business reputation,” he said. The report did not make any specific legislative proposals. The comptroller’s office expects that to come out before Thanksgiving. But it’s clear Franchot and others are prepared to back lifting some if not all of the limits placed

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