Baltimore Sun: Maryland revenue projections increased by $732 million

Maryland has increased its estimate of the revenue it will receive this year and next by $732 million, funding that would put the state budget on a sound footing for the General Assembly's 2019 session. The projection for the budget year ending June 30 of $18.1 billion in revenue, which the state Board of Revenue Estimates approved this week, represents a 4.1 percent increase over the previous estimate. The forecast for next year of $18.7 billion is a 3.3 percent increase over this year’s number. Democratic Comptroller Peter Franchot on Wednesday described the expected infusion as “a tidal wave of new cash.” He told his fellow members of the Board of Public Works — Republican Gov. Harry Hoga

The Star Democrat: Ground broken for new school

EASTON — A groundbreaking ceremony for a new Easton Elementary School was held Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 4:30 p.m. behind the Moton building. Approximately 50 people, comprising of community officials and Talbot County citizens, gathered under a white tent to listen to remarks made by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kelly Griffith, Comptroller of Maryland Peter Franchot, President of Talbot County Council Jennifer Williams and Walter Black. After the ceremony, Griffith invited community officials, and then nearly everyone, to be photographed wearing construction gear, shoveling into a lengthy pile of dirt on the lawn nearby. “It is a celebration of the past, and a celebration for the future

Cumberland Times-News: Franchot visits the Queen City

CUMBERLAND — Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot traveled to Cumberland on Wednesday where he visited the new Allegany High School, Friends Aware Inc., and Curtis' Coney Island Famous Weiners. Franchot began his day with a visit to the new $55 million Allegany High School on Haystack Mountain. He was given a tour by several local officials including David Cox, Allegany County superintendent of schools; Jake Shade, Allegany County Commission president; Robin Summerfield, field representative for Sen. Ben Cardin; and Mike Calhoun, Allegany principal. "It is really something special," said Franchot. "The extra money the state put in for the auditorium, it was money well spent. Aces up, is w

Delmarva Public Radio: Jack Heath Endorses Hogan & Franchot

Independent candidate for Wicomico County Executive Jack Heath has endorsed Republican Governor Larry Hogan in his re-election bid this year. In addition, Heath gave his blessing to Comptroller Peter Franchot a Democrat who is running for re-election. He said the two have given a voice in Annapolis to the concerns of the Eastern Shore. Heath is challenging Republican incumbent Bob Culver. Heath is currently the president of the Salisbury City Council and has been endorsed by the local Democratic Club. Meanwhile Comptroller Franchot has decided not to endorse his party’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous and instead is remaining neutral in the race.

Frederick News Post: Political Notes: Comptroller’s office to help link residents to unclaimed money

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot is coming to The Great Frederick Fair, and he’s bringing you money. Each year the comptroller’s office hosts a booth at the fair focused on helping reunite residents with unclaimed dollars that are turned over to his agency. “I guarantee you have a better chance of getting money from me than a lotto ticket,” Franchot said. The comptroller’s office receives property including jewelry, collectibles and money from safe deposit boxes, or misplaced insurance refunds that go unclaimed, Franchot said. For instance, sometimes a person with a life insurance policy dies and the people in the will may never learn they were left money, he said. After three years

WBAL: Maryland Leaders Honor 9/11 Victims

As the nation remembers the 17th anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11th, local leaders will be honoring the victims in ceremonies today. Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger will serve lunch to local firefighters in Anne Arundel County today to observe the anniversary by doing good deeds and service. The congressman said he encourages all Marylanders to remember the heroes with simple acts of kindness. In a statement, Sen. Chris Van Hollen encouraged Americans to look for ways to give back. "What is most important as we honor the memories of those who lost their lives on September 11th, as well as those who fought to bring those responsible to justice, is that we can make a difference, every day

WBAL 1090: Franchot Says Lack of Air Conditioning in Schools ‘Unacceptable’

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot joined The C4 Show Friday to discuss the first week of school that was cancelled and delayed all week for some Baltimore City and county students. Franchot put blame on people in the Maryland General Assembly, more specifically the speaker, senate president, chair of the house of the appropriations committee and the senate budget and tax committee chairman. "For 10 years they have dragged their feet and put every obstacle in front of taking care of these kids and getting them air conditioning," Franchot said, noting how rich the state of Maryland is. "This is unacceptable." Franchot says he isn't buying the claim from local elected officials touting progre

The Daily Record: Franchot, Hogan melt down over air conditioning but blame different culprits

ANNAPOLIS — Two of Maryland’s top elected officials blasted two school systems for a lack of air conditioning in some classrooms that has resulted in heat-related early dismissals and school closings for the second time since classes resumed this week. The heated words, or hot air to some critical of Gov. Larry Hogan and Comptroller Peter Franchot, dominated much of Wednesday’s Board of Public Works meeting and is quickly becoming an issue in the 2018 campaign. Franchot fired back at some who say this is just an election-year issue, blaming members of his own party in the state legislature for freezing efforts to provide climate control in classrooms in Baltimore City and Baltimore County.

The Daily Record: Franchot and Hogan back Kopp

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland’s treasurer received words of support Wednesday from her two colleagues on the Board of Public Works. Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, and Comptroller Peter Franchot, a Democrat, spoke publicly for the first time Wednesday in support Treasurer Nancy Kopp, who serves with them on the three-member panel. “I think you’ve done a hell of a job and I think it’s to the credit of the state, and you’ve made the state a better place and, personally, I appreciate it and I hope you’re here as long as you want to be here,” Franchot said to Kopp at the end of the Board of Public Works meeting. Kopp, who was first appointed to the position in 2002, has seen her role as treasurer d

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