Delmarva Public Radio: Peter Franchot Gets Sworn In, A Governor's Race in the Offing?

It will be Comptroller Peter Franchot’s day in Baltimore as he is sworn in for another term. This is instead of being sworn in at the State House in Annapolis. Franchot received the highest number of votes for a statewide office in the history of the state. And, there have been hints that the comptroller may being looking at a run for the governorship. Franchot has said he would look at it a few years down the road. Meanwhile, Republican Governor Larry Hogan will swear in the longtime Democrat. Also on hand to speak will be Salisbury Mayor Jake Day among other dignitaries.

Maryland Matters: Franchot's Statement

Gov. Lawrence’s J. Hogan’s second-term inauguration was full of pomp and circumstance earlier this month – fitting for the first Republican governor to be reelected in Maryland since 1954 and the newfound darling of the national center-right punditocracy, which sees the governor as a plausible possible alternative to President Trump. It came complete with a military fly-over, a 19-gun salute, and praise from a celebrity fellow Republican and Trump antagonist, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. A few days earlier, state Attorney General Brian E. Frosh (D) slipped into Hogan’s office to be sworn in for his second term. Accompanied by his wife, Frosh raised his right hand, took the oath of office, g

Cecil Whig: Traffic stop near N.E. nets $55K in unstamped cigarettes

NORTH EAST — A man and a woman are facing criminal charges after investigators confiscated more than 9,000 packs of unstamped cigarettes valued at approximately $55,000 during an Interstate 95 traffic stop near North East, according to Cecil County District Court records. A Maryland State Police trooper arrested the two suspects — Yazan Mufid Hamad and Sabrine Tazghini, both 21, of Brooklyn, N.Y. — at about 9:30 p.m. Monday, after stopping their Dodge Caravan in the northbound lane of I-95 for speeding, police said. Hamad was the driver and Tazghini was his front-seat passenger, police added. While talking to Hamad at the driver's side window, the trooper was able to see into the sport utili

WBAL-TV: Federal employees in Baltimore remain uncertain

BALTIMORE — Monday is the first day back to work for thousands of federal employees in Maryland who have been out of work for 35 days. But from leaders in Annapolis to Internal Revenue Service workers in downtown Baltimore, an end to the shutdown does not mean an end to the uncertainty. The gates to Fort McHenry are back open and the federal building in downtown Baltimore is buzzing at lunchtime again. "Yeah, it has been very quiet. Very few visitors and stuff like that," said Douglas Willyerd, who works at the federal building. Visitors and impacted workers returned Monday to the Fallon Federal Building, where the offices of the IRS were reopened. The agency's furloughed employees were on t

WFMD: Md. State Income Tax Season Begins On Monday

The Comptroller is urging residents to file early. Frederick, Md (KM) Marylanders can now start sending in their state income tax returns. The State Comptroller’s Office says Monday, January 28th, is the start of the tax season. “Anyone whose expecting a state refund should send their return into us as soon as they can, electronically,” says Comptroller Peter Franchot. “If they deliver it that way, we are trying to get refunds into their bank accounts within two to three business days.” He says the state is expected to send out $2-billion in refunds over the next two months. There’s another reason to file early. ” You also get ahead of the criminals who, sadly, have stolen a lot of this fin

The Baltimore Sun: Board of Public Works to vote on adding statues of Frederick Douglass and Harriet

Maryland’s Board of Public Works on Wednesday is set to vote on a contract to erect bronze statues of two abolitionist heroes to the State House. The board — which is composed of Gov. Larry Hogan, Comptroller Peter Franchot and Treasurer Nancy Kopp — is set to consider a contract to design and erect statues of Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass in the Old House of Delegates Chamber. The Department of General Services is recommending The Christmas Company of Sterling, Va., be awarded the $575,000 contract to complete the work within 390 days. The project includes “structural and potential infrastructure modifications to accommodate the new statues.” 200th birthday of Frederick Douglass cel

The Bay Net: Maryland comptroller honors Solomons Island businesses

Solomons, MD- Friday, January 18, Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot [D] toured and presented proclamations from the state to three Calvert County establishments. The visit began at Solomons Island Winery, where the comptroller was joined by Calvert County Sheriff Mike Evans [R], Calvert Commissioners' President Tim Hutchins [R-District 2], Director of Economic Development Kelly Robertson-Slagle, and former comptroller, commissioner and Calvert County native Robert L. Swann. Delegate Jerry Clark [R-29C] was also present but had to leave before the comptroller arrived. Accepting the proclamation was Melissa Korando, the Winery’s operations manager. Hutchins welcomed the comptroller, stating,

WBAL: Comptroller Franchot Details Impact Of Partial Federal Shutdown On Maryland

The Comptroller of Maryland is expressing frustration over the partial government shutdown reaching a fourth week. Comptroller Peter Franchot has shared a Bureau of Revenue Estimates report that was released on Monday morning which shows the impact of the federal government shutdown on the State of Maryland. As stated by Franchot’s release, the “analysis found that 172,000 Maryland federal workers are impacted by the shutdown. Specifically, every two weeks, they are not receiving more than $778 million in wages, and our state and local coffers are also being impacted — with a $57.5 million reduction in income tax revenue, and $2.1 million decrease in sales tax revenue.” Franchot goes on to s

CBSLocal: Comptroller Franchot To Assist Maryland Federal Workers Facing 'Challenging Times'

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot announced that his office will assist federal workers and furloughed employees as the government shutdown nears its fourth week. Those impacted by the shutdown currently on payment plans with the state may be granted reduced or even suspended payments during the shutdown. The Comptroller’s Office will help federal workers with “personal income liabilities and other outstanding tax obligations” on a case-by-case basis. “The longer this government shutdown lasts, the more financial hardship it is causing federal workers, some of whom may never get repaid,” Comptroller Franchot said in a release. “My agency recognizes that Marylanders a

WBFF 45: MD Comptroller to waive tax penalties for those affected by shutdown

BALTIMORE (WBFF) - An estimated 172,000 Marylanders are being impacted by the government shutdown. According to the Maryland Comptroller’s office, that’s resulting in $778 million in lost wages every two weeks. Comptroller Peter Franchot added the loss is subsequently impacting Maryland’s economy. Franchot estimates Maryland is losing $58 million in state and local income tax revenue, as well as more than $2 million in sales tax revenue. The Comptroller’s office has said it will waive penalties and payments for overdue taxes for those impacted by the shutdown. “We’re not eliminating them," said Franchot. “We’re saying we’ll give you a break.” Watch Video here:

Mymcmedia: Comptroller Peter Franchot Talks Shutdown And Alcohol Regulation Laws

MCM caught up with Peter Franchot on Wednesday while he was honoring Shapiro and Duncan’s in Rockville. Here’s what he had to say about the government shutdown’s impact on Maryland’s economy. Also, here’s what he had to say about modifying alcohol regulation laws in Maryland. Please click link below to listen to interview:

Mymcmedia: Comptroller Franchot Honors Two Montgomery County Businesses

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot honored two Montgomery County businesses on Thursday with certificates of recognition: Bethesda Bagels and Shapiro and Duncans. Franchot recognized Bethesda Bagels for “providing fresh-baked bagels and stellar service to happy customers in the Bethesda area for the past 36 years.” Shapiro and Dunkin, an engineering firm, has been a family-owned business in Montgomery County since 1976. It has worked on projects like the Intercounty Connector. Franchot presented the certificate at its Rockville location to Charlie Ayres, Sheldon Shapiro, and Jerry Shapiro.

Delmarva Public Radio: MD Comptroller Weighs in on Government Shut & Budget Surplus

The Maryland legislative session has begun amid a partial federal government shutdown and a $1 billion budget surplus. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with state Comptroller Peter Franchot who indicated he may even look at the top job in the state in the next few years. To listen to this interview please click the link below:

The Business Monthly: Tax collector more popular than governor

Peter Franchot is carrying on a long tradition on Maryland: A tax collector more popular than the governor. It was a tradition begun by the late great Louie Goldstein, comptroller for almost 40 years until his death in 1998. Franchot has a corner office in the treasury building named after Goldstein, whose statue stands outside Franchot’s window. Like Goldstein, Franchot hands out medallions, heavier and more elegant than Goldstein’s, but without his trademark send-off, “God bless you all real good.” Like Goldstein, Franchot crisscrosses Maryland, talking to business or civic groups, as he did to a sold-out BWI Business Partnership breakfast last month. “You may roll your eyes at this, but a

Maryland Matters/Bethesda Magazine: Franchot Defends Regulation Before Task Force Meeting

Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot (D) is defending his office’s role in alcohol regulation, just as a task force formed to review the agency’s work is set to meet for a final time in Annapolis Monday. Before recommending removing regulatory authority from the comptroller’s office, The Task Force State Alcohol Regulation, Enforcement, Safety, and Public Health should “offer the public a more compelling rationale for doing so than simply antipathy toward one politician who offends other politicians,” Franchot’s Chief of Staff Len N. Foxwell wrote in a letter to the commission chairman on Monday morning. The commission is set to meet to discuss recommendations at 10 a.m. Monday, which would likel

The Baltimore Business Journal: Maryland brewery debate heads back to the General Assembly

It’s almost time for another round of brewery debate. When the Maryland General Assembly returns to the State House next week, legislators will be taking another look at measures aimed at alcohol regulation and the state’s $638 million craft brewing industry — one of the 2018 session’s most contentious topics. Passions ran high over the issue last year, with stakeholders from each branch of Maryland’s three-tiered system (manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers) turning out for an hours-long hearing in February. Ultimately, a host of brewery reform bills backed by Comptroller Peter Franchot failed to make it out of a House committee. In the new year, Franchot plans to push once again to loo

The Baltimore Sun: Maryland Board of Public Works votes down 'fracked gas' pipeline through

The Maryland Board of Public Works unanimously rejected Wednesday plans for a pipeline that would carry fracked natural gas through three miles of Western Maryland, after years of environmentalists and neighbors fighting the project. Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and Comptroller Peter Franchot and Treasurer Nancy Kopp, both Democrats, voted against a needed easement for the pipeline, citing concern for the environment. “We were going to subject our state to all the environmental problems of this pipeline and get none of the economic benefits,” Franchot said. “This became a fairly big issue.” Despite a state agency’s recommendation that Columbia Gas Transmission, which is owned by energy compan

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