Star Democrat: Pizza Empire owners recognized by Franchot

The owners of Pizza Empire were recognized Monday, Jan. 29, by Comptroller Peter Franchot for their business’s “delicious contributions” to the community since it opened in 2010. Owners Ercument Arslan, Kamil Kuru and Cagla Kuru Erdogan own two locations, in Henderson and downtown Denton. A cousin owns a third location in Federalsburg. Franchot visited their Denton location to present a proclamation and give them each one of the medallions he gives to Marylanders who make a difference. “I’m recognizing the wonderful small businesses in Maryland, each of them a thread in the state’s economy,” Franchot said. “I appreciate the jobs you provide, the wages you pay and your customer service.” Arsl

Herald-Mail: Tax breaks return in Maryland for energy-saving appliances (VIDEO)

Video available at Curt Spicher said Shop Maryland Energy weekend is good for the environment, shoppers and businesses like his. During the weekend, set for Feb. 17 to 19 this year, consumers get a break from Maryland's sales tax on qualifying Energy Star appliances, from air conditioners to washing machines. "It's Saturday and Monday for us," said Spicher, noting that his business, Spichers Appliances & Electronics on Pennsylvania Avenue, is closed Sundays. "It's two of our biggest days of the year. It's real exciting for us. "The tax-free savings is something you c

Baltimore Sun: Federal changes could add $400M to Maryland tax bills, comptroller says

Unless state leaders step in, more than a quarter of Maryland taxpayers will owe more in state and local taxes because of the federal income tax cuts — a cost of more than $400 million next year, according to an analysis unveiled Thursday by Comptroller Peter Franchot. Hours later, Gov. Larry Hogan released his plan to return the unexpected windfall to taxpayers, largely by allowing Marylanders to take the newly increased standard deduction on their federal taxes while still itemizing deductions on their state tax bills. Franchot’s report will play a crucial role as the Republican governor works with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to attempt to insulate Maryland residents from a huge,

Fox 45: Gov. Hogan & state comptroller call Baltimore's cold schools 'inhumane' (VID

Video available at ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WBFF) -- Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and State Comptroller Peter Franchot again criticized Baltimore City school administrators for allowing students at dozens of schools to sit in cold classrooms during the recent cold snap. Several schools were shut down while repairs were made to faulty heating systems in early January. During Wednesday's Board of Public Works meeting in Annapolis, Franchot said: "All children, regardless of their zip codes or economic status, are entitled to cool classrooms in the warmer months and warm classrooms in the cooler mon

Frederick News-Post: Franchot continues push for brewery reform

Peter Franchot is on something of a crusade. The Maryland comptroller is pushing for a series of reforms to the laws regulating breweries, and painting himself as the champion of the state’s beer makers. Franchot has been a regular presence at events with Frederick brewers to push new legislation. He came to Brewer’s Alley in December to promote the potential reforms, and he made an appearance Wednesday at Rockwell Brewery on East Street, urging attendees to sign a petition of support for the “Reform on Tap Act of 2018.” A bill passed by the General Assembly last session increased the barrel limits for brewery taprooms from 500 barrels a year to 3,000, but also required brewers that sold mo

WBAL NewsRadio 1090: Franchot Frustrated That Heating, Cooling Still An Issue In City Schools

Audio available at Comptroller Peter Franchot said he finds it "embarrassing" and "frustrating" to still be talking about heating and cooling issues in Baltimore City schools. This week, Gov. Larry Hogan gave $2.5 million in emergency discretionary funding for emergency repairs to heating systems in aging city schools. Baltimore City and Baltimore County are the only jurisdictions in the state where not all schools have air conditioning. "But give 'em six months and then all of them ought to be fired if they don't have every classroom covered," Franchot told C4 by phone on Wednesday.

WTOP: Maryland’s AG, comptroller highlight threat of elder financial fraud

WASHINGTON — Millions of people are ripped off by identity thieves scam artists and straight out crooks. Many of them are trusting seniors like your parents. And for Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot, it’s personal. “I’m very sensitive on this issue of abuse of seniors,” Franchot said Monday during a kick-off event for PROTECT week. “My mom, who passed away last year, at age 94, she had senile dementia,” he said. “We looked at her financial books. Thousands and thousands of dollars had been written out to groups. Some perhaps were legitimate, most of whom seemed to me to be fraudulent.” He discovered that solicitations she received in the mail were made to look like bills. Thinking that sh

Baltimore Sun: Stopping elder fraud in Maryland

One of the most common aspirations for any new year is to strengthen financial well-being, from saving more money to paying down debt. This January, we’ll ask you to look beyond your personal financial resolutions and help protect older Marylanders from financial fraud and abuse. One in five adults aged 65 and older has been a victim of elder financial abuse, and with up to $120,000 in losses per elder financial abuse victim, it impacts everyone — even you. Financial exploitation causes large economic losses for businesses, families and even government programs, and it can also increase reliance on federal health care programs such as Medicaid. In fact, over the last 10 years, the Maryland

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