Bay Times and Record Observer: Franchot visits Sweet Bay Magnolia Academy

STEVENSVILLE — Maryland State Comptroller Peter Franchot visited Sweet Bay Magnolia Academy Wednesday, May 15, to tour the private school and discuss the successes and challenges in its approach to education and special needs students. Among the various therapies offered are individualized and program wide applied behavior analysis guidance and supervision, intensive speech therapy, and occupational therapy and sensory integration. The academy also limits classroom sizes to an average of five students, an average student to teacher ratio of three to one, and a curriculum with a focus on science, technology, engineering, art and math. “I support any effort to look at this school more as

Bay Times & Record Observer: QACA celebrates golden anniversary

MILLINGTON — The Queen Anne’s Conservation Association celebrated 50 years of community outreach Wednesday, May 15, with a keynote address from former Maryland Governor Parris N. Glendening that focused on controlled expansion. Festivities at Calico Fields farm also included citations by Comptroller Peter Franchot, Sen. Ben Cardin, D-MD, and Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-MD. The Eastern Shore’s oldest conservation organization works to promote “smart and sustainable growth that will ensure the protection of small towns, farms, waterways and open spaces” according to its mission. “Part of the challenge is that our growth patterns have become a massive sprawl everywhere,” said Glendening. “Wh

Huffington Post: Colorado, Maryland Officials Boycott Alabama Over Abortion Ban Colorado’s secretary

State officials in Colorado and Maryland on Thursday banned government employees they oversee from traveling to Alabama for work purposes. The move is in response to Alabama enacting a law Wednesday that effectively bans abortions in the state, even in cases of rape and incest. In Maryland, comptroller Peter Franchot called for a travel ban on 1,100 staffers in his department from visiting Alabama, and also announced plans to divest the state’s $52 billion pension fund of all Alabama-based companies. That includes pulling business from any investment managers, brokers and consultants who have a headquarters ― or even a regional office ― in the state, Franchot said. The comptroller expl

The Hill: Maryland chief financial officer calls for divesting from Alabama businesses following sta

Maryland’s chief financial officer Thursday called on the state to divest its retirement pension funds from Alabama businesses after Alabama passed a bill that banned nearly all abortions. In a Facebook post Thursday, Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot (D) called on the 1,100 employees of his department to not travel to Alabama and announced his plan to divest the state’s $52 billion pension fund from all Alabama-based businesses. “The radical anti-abortion bill signed into law yesterday by the Governor of Alabama is a malicious assault on the rights and protections of women everywhere,” Franchot wrote on Facebook. “This bill also represents an assault on the basic values of our count

CNBC: Maryland’s top finance official calls for economic retaliation against Alabama after state pas

Maryland’s chief financial officer on Thursday called for a number of retaliatory economic measures against Alabama in response to the state’s passage of the nation’s most restrictive abortion legislation, signed Wednesday by Republican Gov. Kay Ivey. Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot, a Democrat who also serves as vice chair of the state’s retirement system, is seeking a full divestment of the $52 billion pension fund from Alabama businesses, and will soon make the case to the system’s board of trustees, he said. Maryland’s chief financial officer on Thursday called for a number of retaliatory economic measures against Alabama in response to the state’s passage of the nation’s most r

The Star Democrat: Franchot teams with 'twin' brother to find unclaimed property

ANNAPOLIS — Comptroller Peter Franchot has teamed up with his previously unknown “twin” brother Pierre to help reunite Marylanders with their unclaimed property. Based on the popular HGTV series “Property Brothers,” starring twin brothers Drew and Jonathan Scott, the comptroller’s annual promotional video features Peter, a local home remodeler, and his “twin” brother, Pierre, an area real estate agent, a news release states. In this episode of “Unclaimed Property Brothers,” the pair discovers a lost bank statement at one of their projects and attempts to find the rightful owner. This year’s Unclaimed Property inserts, which will run in more than 30 newspapers throughout the state, lists 69,0

WRVA: Cigarette Smuggling Guilty Plea Head of one of Virginia's largest cigarette smuggling oper

Henrico County, VA _ The leader of one of the largest cigarette smuggling operations in Virginia history pleaded guilty today in Henrico County Circuit Court. Following a three-year long investigation by Henrico County Police Division and Henrico County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, Ebrahim Saif Alsaidi, 30, of Richmond Hill, NY, pleaded guilty to six felonies, including possession with the intent to distribute tax-paid cigarettes, and racketeering offenses. He was sentenced to 85 years and $500,000 fine, plus additional civil penalties and payment of taxes levied against people whose names he used to set up and conduct his front businesses. Mr. Alsaidi will have to serve three years and

WBFF Fox 45: MD Comptroller Peter Franchot talks about Mayor Pugh

BALTIMORE (WBFF) - Four days after Catherine Pugh resigned her post at City Hall, the clean-up isn't over yet. In a one-on-one interview, Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot insisted the former mayor shouldn't be the only one paying the price. He wants the state to pursue other board members at the University of Maryland Medical System. Watch Video Here:

The Calvert Recorder: Baltimore Gas & Electric customers warned about phone scam

Comptroller Peter Franchot (D) recently issued a warning to Marylanders about a phone scam bing made to Baltimore Gas & Electric customers threatening to cut off utility service if money is not paid. “These crooks are stoking fear with automated phone calls that sound legitimate, and trying to intimidate recipients into sending money they do not owe,” Franchot said said in a press release. “Do not fall for it. Agents in our Field Enforcement Division are investigating the source of the calls. Customers should remain vigilant and always double-check whether the calls are authentic.” On April 22, the comptroller’s Unclaimed Property Section received an influx of phone calls from BGE customers

Cecil Whig: All thumbs

To the seven fallen members of Maryland’s public safety community who will be recognized Friday during the 34th annual Fallen Heroes Day ceremony in Timonium. These heroes who died in the line of duty were taken from us far too soon. Although we can never fully demonstrate our gratitude for their service, this ceremony will be a strong step toward the recognition they deserve. One of the individuals being honored will be Steward Godwin, a 56-year-old North East Volunteer Fire Co. firefighter, who died of a heart attack after four hours of searching through the wreckage of the Pan Am Flight 214 that crashed in a cornfield off Delancy Road on Dec. 8, 1963. NEVFC Chief Michael Miller will be re

WCBC: Comptroller to recognize Small Business Appreciation Week

Comptroller Peter Franchot will visit small businesses throughout Maryland next week in recognition of Small Business Appreciation Week, which runs from May 5-11. "From Oakland to Ocean City, small businesses are the beating heart of our state's economy," said Comptroller Franchot. "These companies create jobs, provide necessary services, invest in local communities, drive innovation and generate tax revenues that help fund our schools, roads, law enforcement and so much more." For more than 50 years, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business o

Garrett County Republican: ‘Just be cautious' on economy, Comptroller Franchot says

OAKLAND — Maryland’s economy is strong, according to Comptroller Peter Franchot. “But my experts tell me there’s an inevitable downturn,” he said during an interview in Oakland on April 25. “They’re not exactly sure when, but within the next two years. So the message is just be cautious.” The comptroller indicated Western Marylanders didn’t need to be warned to save money because they’re usually “tight with a dollar.” “But in Annapolis, the message that I had was put as much money in the rainy day fund as possible,” Franchot said. “Then we’ll weather the downturn without having to cut, in real time, spending — which causes a lot of havoc.” When the economy picks back up, he noted, the state

Maryland Matters: Analysis: Winners and Losers from Wednesday’s Speaker Vote

Don’t tell me about the labor pains – just show me the baby. That timeless phrase comes to mind as we consider the historic election this week of Del. Adrienne A. Jones (D-Baltimore County) as speaker of the House. It’s pretty neat: the first woman and first African-American presiding officer in the long history of the Maryland General Assembly – a milestone that everyone can celebrate and brings positive attention to our state. Jones, so far as we can tell, is just the third black woman to lead a legislative chamber in the U.S. And her election was, officially, unanimous. That’s also pretty neat. But the real story, of course, is something different, and before the final result was achieved

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