Baltimore Business Journal: Franchot's proposed boycott of Alabama would impact $86M in Maryland

Franchot's proposed boycott of Alabama would impact $86M in Maryland's pension fund June 25, 2019 By Holden Wilen – Reporter, Baltimore Business Journal Maryland's pension fund would have to pull out of $86 million in investments in order to meet Comptroller Peter Franchot's call for the state to boycott Alabama over a controversial abortion law, according to a report obtained by the Business Journal. The assets account for 1.5 percent of the total $52.7 billion fund. The Maryland State Retirement and Pension System produced the report at the request of its board of trustees after Franchot, who is vice chairman of the board, called on the pension fund to divest from Alabama because of the s

PG Suite Magazine: Lunch And Leadership

PG Suite Magazine Lunch And Leadership Jun 24 At a recent lunch with The Greater Prince George’s Business Roundtable, State Comptroller Peter V. R. Franchot chatted with members of the group. Franchot, who has put several hundred miles on his SUV travelling across the state keeping his finger on the pulse of business progress and concerns among business groups, roundtables and various chambers of commerce, came to Prince George’s to listen to local business leaders. The visit with county business leaders was informal and took place in a casual setting. “We very much appreciate Mr. Franchot taking the time to sit down with us and discuss, with candor, items of impact to the business community

The Baltimore Sun: Douglas W. Franchot Jr., father of Maryland comptroller and retired lawyer, dies

Douglas W. Franchot Jr., father of Maryland comptroller and retired lawyer, dies June 23, 2019 Frederick N. Rasmussen Douglas W. Franchot Jr., a retired lawyer and father of Maryland Comptroller Peter W. Franchot, died Thursday morning of cardiovascular failure at his Riderwood Village retirement community home in Silver Spring. “I just wanted to let everyone know that my father, Douglas Franchot, died peacefully this morning at the age of 97,” the comptroller wrote on Facebook. “I’m grateful and relieved that he was alert, in good spirits, and free of pain in the days leading up to his death.” He described his father as being “an exceptionally loving and supportive father, grandfather, and

Daily Record: Md. board denies judge’s request for $86K to pay for legal defense

Md. board denies judge’s request for $86K to pay for legal defense June 19, 2019 By: Bryan P. Sears and Heather Cobun ANNAPOLIS — The Board of Public Works has denied a request by a district court judge who was seeking reimbursement of more than $86,000 in legal fees for her successful defense against a judicial ethics complaint. The money, which would have come from a contingency fund managed by the board, would have reimbursed Howard County District Judge Mary C. Reese for expenses incurred as she defended herself before the Commission on Judicial Disabilities. “Obviously she was entitled to get an attorney and go before a court,” Comptroller Peter Franchot said. “It’s entirely appropriate

The Star Democrat: Produce wholesaler honored by comptroller

Produce wholesaler honored by comptroller June 17, 2019 By CHRISTINA ACOSTA cacosta@chespub.com EASTON — Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot made a stop in Easton on Monday, June 17, to present the Talbot County Cornerstone Award for Local Business Excellence to Teddy Bear Fresh Produce. For 10 years, Teddy Bear Fresh Produce Owner/President Mary Salins and her family have redefined the role of a wholesale business, delivering personalized customer service to supply the freshest produce; and dairy products to restaurants, schools and health care facilities on the Eastern Shore and Annapolis regions. Franchot also handed Salins with a Certificate of Recognition to Teddy Bear Fresh Produce; an

Dorchester Star: Franchot honors 25 years for Snappers

Franchot honors 25 years for Snappers By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@chespub.com June 13, 2019 Franchot honors 25 years for Snappers Snappers Waterfront Cafe owners John and Laura Sydnor hold state citations during a Monday, June 10, visit by Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot to celebrate the restaurant’s 25th anniversary. Joining Franchot were Sen. Addie Eckardt, Del. Johnny Mautz, Cambridge Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley and Dorchester County councilmembers Ricky Travers and Lenny Pfeffer. CAMBRIDGE — Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot honored Snappers Waterfront Cafe owners John and Laura Sydnor Monday, June 10, for the Cambridge restaurant’s 25th anniversary. State Sen. Addie Eckardt, R-37-Mid-

Caroline County Times-Record: Remembering D-Day

Remembering D-Day June 6, 2019 By PETER FRANCHOT As Americans remember the sacrifices of the brave soldiers who stormed the beaches of Normandy 75 years ago this June 6, let us reflect on those who were lost, those who were wounded and those who survived the war to carry on. Their countless acts of courage turned the tide of the Nazi onslaught and stand unparalleled in world history. This anniversary also prompts me to recall my own parents’ part in the war effort — my father, Douglas Franchot Jr., served as a pilot in the South Pacific and my late mother, Janet Kerr, worked as a Rosie the Riveter at the Sikorsky Aircraft factory in Connecticut. They and thousands of their generation were in

Herald Mail Media: Maryland comptroller visits new register of wills office

Julie E. Greene June 6, 2019 Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot, in the tan jacket and speaking, toured the new home for Washington County’s register of wills and orphans’ court judges on Thursday. Register of Wills Jason Malott is to the left of Franchot, and County Commissioner Randy Wagner is to the left of Malott. Behind Malott and Franchot, from left, are retired Register of Wills John Bloyer, retired orphans’ court judge Joe Eichelberger and retired Register of Wills Marvin E. Toms. Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot toured the new home for Washington County’s register of wills and orphans’ court judges on Thursday. The orphans’ court and register of wills, the latter of which falls

The Washington Post: Maryland board delays foster care contract with Alabama firm

June 5, 2019 Ovetta Wiggins The Maryland Board of Public Works voted Wednesday to delay awarding $625,000 to a Alabama-based company after Comptroller Peter Franchot called for a boycott of the state over its new strict abortion law. Franchot and Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp, both Democrats, asked administration officials to explore an alternative for the 20 children in foster care placement with Maryland families through Seraaj Family Homes, a company headquartered in Montgomery, Ala. Last month, Franchot urged Maryland to divest any state taxpayer dollars from being spent in Alabama after lawmakers there passed a bill that bans most abortions, even in the case of rape and incest. “Alabama’s val

The Daily Record: In compromise, Hogan highway expansion project to proceed in phases

June 5, 2019 By: Bryan P. Sears Daily Record Government Reporter ANNAPOLIS — Maryland will proceed with at least one phase of a controversial proposal to expand two D.C.-area highways with toll lanes. A three-hour meeting of the Board of Public Works that featured testimony from more than three dozen opponents and supporters of Gov. Larry Hogan’s plan to ease congestion on the Capital Beltway and Interstate 270 ended in a surprise compromise that reorders the three phases of the overall project. The three-member board also adopted changes suggested by Comptroller Peter Franchot that will direct a feasibility study on a monorail system and earmark a portion of the state share of tolls for tr

The Washington Post: Maryland makes the right call in advancing toll lane construction

By Editorial Board IN ADVANCING a proposal to add privately built toll lanes, and desperately needed road capacity, to the most traffic-clogged highways in Maryland — Interstate 270 and the Capital Beltway — a state panel on Wednesday struck a blow for common sense. It also signaled to local elected officials in the Washington suburbs that while their legitimate concerns about the plan will be taken into account, the project, which would improve the daily lives of hundreds of thousands of commuters, should not be derailed. The vote, by the state’s three-member Board of Public Works, authorizes the state to start fielding bids from contractors who would build and operate the toll lanes and ke

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