The Dundalk Eagle: Comptroller Franchot sits down with the Eagle

As Election Day draws ever closer, Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot (D) took time from his schedule to sit down with the Eagle editorial staff during a wide-ranging interview last month. Franchot opened by discussing his own campaign for re-election as Maryland Comptroller. Franchot is seeking his fourth term as comptroller, running against Republican challenger Anjali Reed Phukan. Franchot has long framed himself as an independent Democrat, beholden not to party, but to the people. “The campaign is much more about insiders versus outsiders than it is liberal versus conservative,” he said. He painted a picture of state Senate President Sen. Mike Miller (D-27) and House of Delegates Speake

The Star Democrat: Franchot honors Vintage Books and Fine Art owner

EASTON — Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot presented a proclamation on Friday morning, Oct. 26, to Vintage Books and Fine Art in Easton for five years of being in business. The book shop expanded to a larger location on Washington Street in mid-September and is owned by Tim Boyle. The store specializes in vintage books and art of Maryland and Eastern Shore history, poetry, literature, philosophy and other scholarly topics. Franchot was joined by Mayor Robert Willey and town officials. The shop also received state proclamations from Del. Johnny Mautz, R-37B-Talbot, and Sen. Addie Eckardt, R-37-Mid-Shore. “We live in the greatest country in the world, and we are one of the richest states in

The Diamondback: Maryland comptroller says Natty Light 77-packs take advantage of young drinkers

By mid-October, College Park liquor stores had sold out of their exclusive 77-packs of Natural Light — and Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot would like it to stay that way. Last week, Franchot spoke out against the supersized silver, red and blue keg-shaped containers that were introduced and distributed for a limited time in College Park in early October. Natural Light, which is produced by the Anheuser-Busch brewing company, released the packs as a tribute to 1977, the year the brand was created. “The 77-pack is a clear indication to young people to get drunk on cheap beer,” he said. “And it’s really unfortunate that [Anheuser-Busch] chose to market in a discriminatory way, just College

WFMD: Maryland’s Economy In Good Shape, But Comptroller Says That Could Change

Frederick, Md (KM) Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot talked about revenues during a visit on Tuesday to downtown Frederick. Speaking with WFMD News, Franchot said the state ended up with a $500-million surplus when fiscal year 2018 ended on June 30th, and added over $1-billion in cash revenues to the general fund. Franchot says the tendency among politicians is to spend that money, but he urges caution. “I’m in favor of putting it in the rainy day fund. But nobody agrees with me on that so they’ll probably spend every last thin dime of it. And I’m just suggesting Frederick not be bashful because they are a great part of our state and they deserve some of the money if it’s being handed out

WUSA 9: VIDEO: Voters to decide amendment to 'lock box' casino money for schools

ANNAPOLIS, Md -- Do we need a Constitutional Amendment to keep politician’s hands off the casino money that was supposed to go to our schools? That’s one of the questions you may not have heard about on Maryland’s election ballot in a couple of weeks. A decade ago, when supporters were pushing to legalize gambling in Maryland, they pitched it in commercial after commercial as a windfall for education. "Question 2 provides $660 million to fund education," several of the ads promised. Perhaps no surprise, it didn't work out that way. "It was a fiscal fairytale. There was not going to be any EXTRA money for education," said Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot. Like apples for teachers -- or may

Fox 5DC: Maryland comptroller calls Natural Light 77-pack irresponsible, says it encourages binge dr

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - A 77-pack beer promotion has landed a beer maker in the crosshair of Maryland's top financial official. Earlier this month, Natural Light began selling limited edition 77-packs of its beer at select stores in College Park, Maryland where the University of Maryland resides. Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot says he is not criticizing the beer’s quality, but the quantity of the package. He says selling mega packs in college towns is irresponsible and he is threatening a state investigation. Why does he care about this? “It’s not a joke,” Franchot said. “You can’t have kids advertising on TV, target kids for products that they shouldn’t be taking advantage of. We have been

The Dispatch: Comptroller Visits OC Elementary For Leadership Day

WEST OCEAN CITY – Maryland’s comptroller joined local leaders at Ocean City Elementary School this week to offer students a lesson on taxes. On Monday, officials with Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore – a local nonprofit that educates students on financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness – held its first Leadership Day at Ocean City Elementary School (OCES). Throughout the morning, volunteers with Junior Achievement taught second-grade students about different careers, how money moves through the community and why people pay taxes. The lessons then culminated in an interactive tax simulation with Comptroller Peter Franchot, Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan, School Superintend

New York Daily News: Beer sold in 77-packs has Maryland's comptroller accusing Anheuser-Busch of

Beer sold in 77-packs around one college campus is causing more than a little brew-haha, er, brouhaha. Maryland’s chief financial officer is accusing Anheuser-Busch of promoting binge drinking to college students thanks to its limited time 77-packs of Natural Light beer that were sold in stores in College Park, Maryland. The city is home to the University of Maryland. “They’re obviously promoting binge drinking by young people,” Maryland comptroller Peter Franchot said, according to CBS affiliate WUSA9. Natural Light, a reduced-calorie pilsner launched by Anheuser-Busch in 1977, announced on Twitter on Oct. 5 that it would be selling the 77-packs for a short time only in College Park to cele

WBAL: Franchot Talks Craft Beer, Endorsements

Speaking to C4 on Tuesday, Comptroller Peter Franchot talked about efforts to promote the craft beer industry in Maryland, and his political endorsements. Recently, those endorsements have included former state Del. John Olszewski Jr., who he connected with on pet issues like school air conditioning. "I think he's going to, hopefully, do well. And I tell people I'm a Democrat, but I'm not a robot," Franchot said. Franchot pointed to a notable non-endorsement of fellow Democrat Ben Jealous, his party's nominee for governor and other internecine clashes. "I think it's important for elected officials and others to call out members of their own party when they're not acting in the public's inter

WJZ: Police Arrest Man On I-95 With Over 84,000 Untaxed Cigars

BALTIMORE, Md. (WJZ) — A Virginia man involved in a crash on I-95 was arrested on Tuesday after police said a search of his van revealed more than 84,000 untaxed cigars. Maryland Transportation Authority Police arrested 20-year-old Moeez Khaliq of Glen Allen, VA after being called to the scene of a car crash involving Khaliq and another driver. Officers on a probable cause search of Khaliq’s Chevrolet Express work van found the untaxed cigars, $15,500 in the rear of the van, and $863 on Khaliq himself. The total loss from the cigars in taxes for the state of Maryland is $58,833.60. Khaliq was taken into custody without incident and MDTA Police contacted the Comptroller of Maryland Field Enfo

Good Beer Hunting: WTF, MD? — Misunderstandings, Potential Bias Could Impact Beer’s Future in Maryla

“Prohibition.” Multiple times—and independent of each other—this dirty word of the alcohol industry has been muttered half-jokingly when discussing the latest round of Maryland’s awkward fight over laws and regulation. On the record and off, people within the industry tell GBH they’d never assume some kind of neo-temperance movement to actually take hold, but the sheer fact is that that’s the context of which people are talking about what’s going on in the Old Line State. “It’s crazy to even be talking about it, but I think it’s coming up in my mind and others because if you watch videos of meetings and read about it, that’s what they’re talking about,” says Adam Benesch, co-founder and dire

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