Baltimore Business Journal: Franchot gives Ellicott City businesses more time to pay sales tax

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot is giving businesses affected by the devastating flooding in Ellicott City this past weekend more time to pay their sales taxes. Ellicott City-area businesses will receive a six-month extension for Howard County business tax returns due. The extension includes sales and use tax, withholding tax and admissions and amusement tax. Taxpayers who file and pay by the extended due date will receive a waiver of interest and penalties. The sales and use tax vendor discount will apply as long as the returns are filed and the taxes are remitted by Dec. 31. "During this time of terrible loss, this is one thing we can do to ease the burden on business owners who are ju

Cumberland Times-News: Garrett couple receive Schaefer award

OAKLAND — A Garrett County family, who turned their heartache from losing a 2-year-old son into a passion for helping thousands of children, was honored Wednesday by Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot. Krystal and Brian Boals, who started Landon’s Library in honor of their son, were awarded the William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award during a ceremony at the Garrett County Transportation Museum. “We have presented this to a lot of people around the state, who represent faith and hope, community and strength through joining together,” Franchot said. “I can’t think of any better recipient than Krystal and Brian.” Established in 2006, Landon’s Library is a nonprofit that provides a new bo

Cumberland Times-News: Comptroller to promote summer tourism in Garrett County

OAKLAND — Comptroller Peter Franchot will visit Garrett County on Wednesday, part of a statewide pre-summer promotion of family-friendly venues. Franchot will start at the Simon Pearce Factory Store and Glassblowing Workshop to present a proclamation and tour the studio. The facility opened in 1999 and is an expansion of the factory’s headquarters in Vermont, founded by Simon Pearce in 1981. The comptroller will next visit Lakeside Creamery to present a proclamation to owner Bill Meagher, who has operated the shop known for its homemade desserts and scenic views of Deep Creek Lake for more than 20 years. Franchot will then present the William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award for Garrett

Eye on Annapolis: Franchot taking unclaimed property to local fairs and festivals this summer

Comptroller Peter Franchot and agency staff will demonstrate a particular set of skills this summer and fall at local fairs and festivals to help reunite Marylanders find their “Taken” Unclaimed Property, which includes abandoned bank accounts, security deposits, insurance benefits and items in safe deposit boxes. “If I find your unclaimed property now, that will be the end of it,” Comptroller Franchot says in his latest Unclaimed Property video based on the 2008 movie starring Liam Neeson. “If you don’t claim it, I’ll keep looking for you. I will find you. And I will return your money and your property to you.” Last summer, 3,770 people at fairs and festivals throughout the state checked ou U.S. Route 50 bridge over the Kent Island Narrows dedicated to Clayton Mitchell

ANNAPOLIS – Gov. Larry Hogan on Friday honored Eastern Shore native and former Maryland Speaker of the House of Delegates R. Clayton Mitchell Jr. by dedicating the U.S. Route 50 bridge over the Kent Island Narrows to him. The governor was joined by Comptroller Peter Franchot, Maryland State Treasurer Nancy Kopp, Maryland Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary Jim Ports and Mitchell, along with his family, friends, former colleagues from the legislature, and numerous state and local officials. “Clay Mitchell has devoted his life to public service for the State of Maryland and to serving the people of the Eastern Shore,” Hogan said. “During his 23 years in the legislature, Clay was a ti

Baltimore Business Journal: Maryland pension system board to ask Hogan for veto of controversial bil

The board of trustees for the Maryland State Retirement and Pension System will ask Gov. Larry Hogan to veto a bill passed by the General Assembly that changes how the board selects its chairman. After a motion by Comptroller Peter Franchot, the board voted 7-4 to send a letter to Hogan requesting a veto of the Senate Bill 178. The bill is viewed by many as a political slight by lawmakers against Franchot because it requires that the Maryland treasurer serve as board chairman. Traditionally, the board selects either the treasurer or the comptroller to serve as chairman — whoever has served in office longer. Currently, state Treasurer Nancy Kopp serves as chairman. Franchot would become chair

Star Democrat: Godfrey Farms receives recognition from comptroller

SUDLERSVILLE — Family-owned Godfrey’s Farm received a proclamation from state Comptroller Peter Franchot on May 1. The Queen Anne’s County farm owned by Tom and Lisa Godfrey grows 250 acres of hand-harvested fruits and vegetables, including asparagus, peppers, strawberries, peaches, cherries and blueberries, and was recognized for its contribution to Maryland’s agriculture business. Godfrey’s Farm offers both a farmers market and the option for visitors to pick their own produce from the fields. It also sells produce directly to grocery stores, produce stands and distributors in Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania. Open from mid-April to Labor Day, the farm at 302 Leager Road in Sudlersville

Calvert Recorder: 'It's more than growing vegetables'

Comptroller Peter Franchot (D) paid a visit to Farming 4 Hunger in Benedict on Wednesday to present the William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award to the nonprofit. Farming 4 Hunger, based out of Calvert, is located in Charles County and its founder, Bernie Fowler Jr., is a Calvert resident. Fowler was the recipient of the William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award in 2013. The award is presented by the comptroller to the individuals and organizations in each county and Baltimore City best exemplifying Schaefer’s lifelong commitment to helping people, according to the comptroller’s website. Franchot said he heard from the staff of Schaefer, a former governor of Maryland, that he never sa

Cecil Whig: Cecil traffic stop nets $80K in unstamped cigarettes, one arrest

PERRYVILLE — A man is facing criminal charges after investigators confiscated more than 12,000 packs of unstamped cigarettes valued at nearly $80,000 during an Interstate 95 traffic stop Wednesday night, according to Cecil County District Court records and the Maryland Comptroller’s Office. Maryland State Police Cpl. Brian Hinsch, who is assigned to the agency’s JFK Barrack, stopped a 2018 Dodge Ram pickup truck with a Virginia license plate in the northbound lane of I-95 near Perryville at about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday for a traffic violation, police reported. Investigators conducted a probable cause search of the vehicle and its cargo area, after Hinsch noticed the cigarettes in the truck bed

Daily Record: Franchot, Hogan continue attacks on law limiting BPW

ANNAPOLIS — Comptroller Peter Franchot Wednesday vowed to continue to scrutinize and question school construction projects despite a new law that removes him and the Board of Public Works from any oversight of such projects. The comptroller and Gov. Larry Hogan raised the issue of the new law again, and their desire to see it repealed, during a review of an $86 million request for two schools in Baltimore City being built by the Maryland Stadium Authority. Franchot questioned the lack of representation from the city at Wednesday’s meeting and again touched on concerns that classrooms in that jurisdiction lacked air conditioning in a week when temperatures are predicted to approach 90 degrees

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