Daily Record: Md. board holds the line on property tax rates

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland property owners will not see an increase in state property taxes in the coming year. The Board of Public Works voted Wednesday to keep the state property tax rates on real property and property owned by public utilities at the current levels. “Our administration will remain committed to fiscal responsibility and prudent capital spending,” said Gov. Larry Hogan, one of the board’s three members. The rate for the coming fiscal year will remain at 11.2 cents per $100 of assessed value. That portion is on top of local and municipal property tax rates. Utilities will continue to pay 28 cents per $100 of assessed value. Funds raised by the property taxes go toward repaying sta

Maryland Matters: Comptroller Concerned About College Cafeteria ‘Sweeteners’ – In Contracts, That Is

Maryland’s governor and comptroller said Wednesday that they want an explanation from the University System of Maryland about provisions in dining hall contracts that include unrelated gifts to college campuses and require fee payments if contract extensions aren’t approved. Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot (D) said he has been concerned about such provisions in contracts for years, but the issues came to a head on Wednesday when two dining services renewal contracts at Frostburg State University and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore were on the Board of Public Works agenda. The University of Maryland Eastern Shore contract under consideration with Thompson Hospitality Services of Rest

Maryland Matters: Hogan, Franchot Seek Independent Audit of Medical System

State leaders called on Wednesday for an outside investigation of the University of Maryland Medical System board of directors, saying that the public deserves an independent probe of conflict of interest allegations that have hit the panel. Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot (D), speaking publicly for the first time about the UMMS controversy at the twice-monthly meeting of the Board of Public Works, said Marylanders deserve “a real examination of what happened here… because it raises some real ethical concerns.” This afternoon Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R), Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) and House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel) will meet in Hogan’s office w

WBAL: Comptroller: State Offers Taxpayers 'A Lot Of Flexibility' To Pay Taxes

On Friday, the Internal Revenue Service reported that 50 million taxpayers still have yet to file their tax returns. Those who didn't file over the weekend have until the clock strikes midnight Monday to do so. Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot joined Bryan Nehman in the studio to discuss tax day. Marylanders have until midnight tonight to file their taxes. If you're afraid you will owe taxes, Franchot stated a few options to help taxpayers out. "They just need to relax, communicate with us over the website, or the 800-MD-TAXES number, or at one of our 12 branch offices. If at the end of the day, you can't really figure anything out, send me a note." Franchot said. "We'll put you on a libe

A Miner Detail: The 2019 Annapolis Session Winners and Losers [EXCERPT]

WINNER: Comptroller Peter Franchot They just don’t get it – and they never will, so it seems. As much as the intrepid Jake Weissmann, the formidable Alex Hughes and the robust institutional press want to call Franchot a loser – the more they attack him, the more bombs they launch at him – the stronger Franchot’s political base grows. The Annapolis Machine has utterly failed in running a half-assed PR strategy, depicting Franchot as a dead man walking, politically speaking, that is. But the Machine cannot plug their ears long enough to drown out the growing calls for Franchot to run for governor in 2022. Oh, they hear it, every single day, loud and clear. They just don’t get it. Peter Francho

JMore: Janet Kurland Honored by Comptroller Franchot and Jewish Community Services

Love was in the air as approximately 100 staff members of Jewish Community Services and community leaders gathered April 9 at the Park Heights Jewish Community Center to honor Janet B. Kurland. Kurland — who last November retired from her position as JCS senior care specialist after 42 years with the agency – was there to receive the William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award, presented by Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot. Named after the late governor and mayor of Baltimore, the award was established by Franchot in 2012 to recognize Maryland residents and organizations “best exemplifying William Donald Schaefer’s lifelong commitment to helping people.” Flanked by Franchot and her daugh

WBAL C4 Show: Franchot: Baltimore Needs New Faces In Leadership

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot says he wants fresh blood in Baltimore leadership. One of the first prominent Democrats to call for Mayor Catherine Pugh's resignation, she said the questions and investigations surrounding her business dealings have created a "crisis of confidence" that will make it difficult for Baltimoreans to trust her on the little things, like trash pickup and addressing violent crime. "Sorry to be harsh, but she needs to resign yesterday," Franchot told C4 on Tuesday. Pugh went on a leave of absence to recover from a bout of pneumonia. The leave began hours after Gov. Larry Hogan asked the state prosecutor's office to look into issues related to sales of her "Health

Fox 45: State Comptroller reveals who is paying the price for Pugh's Book Scandal

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot is one of Mayor Pugh's toughest critics. He's also one of the voices calling for the Mayor to resign. Sunday morning the State Comptroller spoke with us live in studio about who is really paying the price for this scandal. Watch Video Here : https://foxbaltimore.com/news/local/state-comptroller-on-who-is-paying-for-pughs-book-scandal

MYMCMEDIA: MARYLAND COMPTROLLER AWARDS GAITHERSBURG WOMAN FOR VOLUNTEER WORK

Gaithersburg HELP is a faith collaborative that assists area residents in need of essentials such as food, clothing, medicine and transportation. Janet Nuemann became a volunteer for the cause more than 10 years ago, and people say she’s gone above and beyond for the organization ever since. To honor all her effort, Comptroller Peter Franchot presented Neumann with the William Donald Schaefer Helping People award for Montgomery County.The award is given annually by the Comptroller to individuals and organizations in each county and Baltimore City who best exemplify William Donald Schaefer’s lifelong commitment to helping people. Watch the video for more details: https://www.mymcmedia.org/mar

LOCAL DVM: Woman recognized for over 30 years of volunteer services in the community

GAITHERSBURG, Md. - There are many who lend their helping hands to those facing rough times in life. One Gaithersburg woman is being recognized for wearing many hats to help serve the community. There are many of those who lend out a helping hand in their community but this woman, Janet Neumann, has been a long-time volunteer for over 30 years. "There are always people who are a little less fortunate than I am and it’s wonderful that I could lend out a hand in any small way," said Janet Neumann, Gaithersburg HELP. The organization - Gaithersburg HELP has grown over the past 50 years, with nearly 200 volunteers but Neumann says they could always use more. “In early years I think we served fou

Captive Insurance Times: Macy’s captive may owe $23.8 million following court ruling in Maryland tax

Leadville Insurance, the wholly-owned captive insurer of Macy’s, the parent company of the Macy’s department store franchise, may have to pay nearly $24 million in tax, penalties, and interest, following a court decision. On 26 March, in Comptroller Of The Treasury v Leadville Insurance Company, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals found that Leadville is an unauthorised insurer as it was not licensed to conduct insurance in the state, and is therefore required to pay income tax on its revenues. Additionally, the court vacated the decision made by the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County and remanded it back to the Tax Court. Leadville is a Vermont-domiciled captive that provides insurance

Baltimore Business Journal: Comptroller Franchot questions independence of firm hired to look into U

Comptroller Peter Franchot blasted the University of Maryland Medical System, questioning the independence of the firm hired to look into contracts awarded to the health system's board members. Franchot, speaking at a meeting of the Board of Public Works on Wednesday, also offered criticism of the General Assembly's leadership while saying he thinks the scandal that has embroiled Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh has only just begun. "My fear is that we have only barely broken the skin of the apple," Franchot said. Pugh, a Democrat, and two other UMMS board remembers resigned last month after news reports highlighted multiple deals several board members had with the health system. Four other me

WBAL: Comptroller Franchot speaks on UMMS scandal, as bills to overhaul move forward

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Bills overhauling the University of Maryland Medical System Board are moving through the State House. Both the House and Senate are considering legislation designed to make sure these kinds of self-deals never happen again. Meanwhile, on Wednesday, Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot didn't mince words about the scandal. "I think the governor, as I said, (is) spot on with asking the state prosecutor to get the facts because one sleazy deal after another appears on a daily basis," said Franchot. "This is the only way we are going to get to the bottom of it unfortunately." Franchot is referring to the scandal rocking the UMMS Board. Eight of its members face scrutiny for their

The Daily Record: Franchot condemns consulting firm examining UMMS dealings

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot condemned the independent consulting firm tasked with reviewing business dealings between the University of Maryland Medical System and multiple members of its board, including Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh. “This independent commission is independent in name only,” Franchot told Capital News Service Wednesday morning, speaking outside of the Board of Public Works meeting room. “It should not be relied upon for anything. They just are not set up to get to the bottom of a scandal like this. They’re basically set up to say, ‘Gee, if you changed your board practices in the future, you might not have these scandals.’” The University of Maryland Me

Baltimore Sun: State Comptroller Franchot calls on Baltimore Mayor Pugh to resign over Healthy Holly

State Comptroller Peter Franchot called on Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh to resign immediately, after The Baltimore Sun reported Monday that insurer Kaiser Permanente had also bought copies of her self-published Healthy Holly books. Franchot linked to The Sun’s report on his Facebook page saying, “The Mayor has to resign - now.” “The people of Baltimore are facing too many serious challenges, as it is, to also to deal with such brazen, cartoonish corruption from their chief executive,” Franchot wrote. Franchot, a Democrat, is the first statewide office holder to call for Pugh to step down, but he is known to buck the party establishment. Kaiser Permanente confirmed Monday that it had paid $

Delmarva Public Radio: MD Comptroller Decries Veto Overide of Bill Curtailing Authority

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot denounced the veto override of a measure that removes the authority over alcohol, tobacco and gasoline from his office. He said, “I salute Governor Hogan for doing the right thing in vetoing this disappointing piece of legislation. It’s going to cost the taxpayers fifty million dollars over five years. It’s a crazy bill.” He added, “The governor described it as a solution in search of a problem.” He said it was unclear how the transfer of authority to a special commission would work – especially when it comes to the use of his own law enforcement personnel. Franchot also does not have confidence in the commission which, he adds, may be subject to political

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