Eye on Annapolis: Comptroller’s office wins award for innovative concepts

Comptroller Peter Franchot has announced that his agency received two of six awards presented by the Federation of Tax Administrators (FTA) at its annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn., earlier this month. “I am very proud of my highly trained and professional staff and for the recognition the agency has garnered on behalf of Maryland’s taxpayers,” Comptroller Franchot said. “As the state’s chief fiscal officer, one of my top priorities is to make sure staff continually hones its leadership skills so the agency runs in the most efficient and effective ways possible. These two awards reflect the true meaning of my Three R’s of respect, responsiveness and results for the taxpayer.” The awards r

Daily Record: Supreme Court online sales tax ruling could means millions for Maryland

Maryland could soon begin to collect sales taxes from online purchases. It’s just a question of when and how much could be collected. State officials are scrambling for answers. A spokesman for Comptroller Peter Franchot referred reporters to a statement on Facebook but said the state’s top tax collector is seeking advice from the Office of the Attorney General on whether the state can begin to collect a 6 percent sales tax now or if additional regulation is necessary. The spokesman said Franchot believes that no additional or enabling legislation is necessary. Franchot, on his Facebook page, applauded the 5-4 decision handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court Thursday morning. “In this age of e

Baltimore Sun: Comptroller charges commodore of North Point Yacht Club with unlicensed alcohol sales

A Baltimore County man was charged Monday with illegally selling alcohol, according to Comptroller of Maryland Peter Franchot’s office. Bruce Stanley Martin, Jr., 44, of Rosedale, whose title is commodore of the North Point Yacht Club in Sparrows Point, was charged on a criminal summons and released on his signature, the comptroller’s office said. Martin is formally charged with suffering the sale and possession of alcoholic beverages without a license, which carries a penalty of a $1,000 fine or two years in prison; doing business without a traders license, which carries a penalty of a $300 fine or 30 days in prison; and engaging in business without a sales and use tax license, which carrie

Star Democrat: New Dover Bridge officially opens

TANYARD — Gov. Larry Hogan hitched a ride Wednesday, June 13, in a 1941 Buick convertible for one last trip across the old Dover Bridge, the crumbling, 86-year-old swing bridge over the Choptank River, before cutting the ribbon to officially open the new Dover Bridge, the towering fixed span alongside it. Traffic on state Route 331 was already streaming by on the new bridge, having been diverted the day before, and work will continue at the site as contractors add the finishing touches, but the snip of Hogan’s scissors on the ceremonial ribbon was the moment everyone who fought for a safer river crossing had been waiting for. “It’s been 24 years and four governors,” said Richard Colburn, who

Star Democrat: New Temple B'nai Israel dedicated

EASTON — The brand-new, spacious, light-filled Temple B’Nai Israel was dedicated in a series of events this weekend, and Saturday night’s service included the lighting of candles, responsive readings, prayer, singing, and a large after-party. Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot was among the speakers that included Governor Hogan’s Deputy Chief of Staff Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio, who is from St. Michaels, and Easton’s Mayor Bob Willey. Franchot made a presentation to businessman and philanthropist Ed Satell, who made the new temple possible with his family’s support. The new building is Temple B’nai Israel, The Satell Center for Jewish Life on the Eastern Shore, and serves the Jewish community

Eye on Annapolis: Maryland earns $5.7M in rebates from credit card purchases

Comptroller Peter Franchot today announced that the State of Maryland has received a $5.7 million rebate from U.S. Bank. The rebate is the result of 77 state agencies spending approximately $285 million on small purchases through Maryland’s Corporate Purchasing Card program for the period of April 26, 2017 through April 25, 2018. “Maryland taxpayers expect us to make sure we protect their financial best interests and look for ways to save them money,” Comptroller Franchot said. “As part of my job as the state’s fiscal watchdog, my agency is dedicated to this task. The Corporate Purchasing Card program allows state agencies to make small purchases in an efficient and effective way, to provide

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