Maryland Matters: 2019 Revenues Higher Than Expected, But Outlook Is Somber

By Danielle E. Gaines - Mixed economic indicators have Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot (D) warning about future state budgets – even as he announced Wednesday that last year’s revenue came in slightly higher than anticipated once all the accounting was finished. Revenue in fiscal year 2019 came in at $216.6 million above projections from the state’s Board of Revenue Estimates. The money remains a part of the state’s unassigned general fund balance. The final figures reflect stronger-than-expected revenue growth from capital gains, as well as an increase in the state’s sales and use tax collections as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court 2018 decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair that allowed sta

DMV Daily: Franchot holds commanding lead in 2022 gubernatorial poll

August 26, 2019 Hassan Giordano Last week, Maryland’s 33rd State Comptroller Peter Franchot finally announced what many have been anticipating for almost four years now – that he was considering running for governor. The 71-year old Montgomery County native, who spent twenty-years in the Maryland House of Delegates before being elected comptroller in 2007, has flirted with the possibility of running for the state’s top post for some time now. However, after deciding against a run for the seat during the 2014 hotly contested race, and then all but ignoring a 2018 matchup against a well-liked incumbent – albeit a Republican; it seems as if Franchot is finally ready to take that plunge into the

Washington Post: Peter Franchot, Maryland’s tax collector, considers a run for governor

OCEAN CITY — Comptroller Peter Franchot fished in his pocket for a medallion. Not the flimsy, plastic kind that one of his predecessors used to hand out, but a weighty, embossed thing with a gold rim, the state flag and a campaign authority line. The 71-year-old Democrat carries at least two medallions with him at all times. They used to be reserved for veterans and first responders he encountered while crisscrossing Maryland as the state’s chief tax collector. Now, with Franchot’s whisper campaign to be the state’s next governor blossoming into chatter, he hands them out liberally. “It makes people feel good,” he said on the beachfront boardwalk here recently, where he made the rounds of to

A Miner Detail: Franchot and Company’s Rebel Yell

Ryan Miner Around 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, much of Annapolis may have heard a clangorous rumble emanating from Jake Weissmann’s rather unimpressive first-floor State House office window. Weissman’s Boombox likely was on full blast, blaring “I Hate Everything About You,” the hit 2000’s song by Three Days Grace which became the Machine’s anthem, dedicated to disdaining Franchot. Surely the sound of the music attracted other Machine staffers to join Weissmann in what would have been a cinematic moment only taught in a Scorsese masterclass. Computer speakers weren’t even quite up to the job for the brief impromptu commiserating session when the Annapolis Machine first learned via an em

The Baltimore Sun: Maryland comptroller ‘strongly considering’ run for governor in 2022

By PAMELA WOOD Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot said Wednesday that he’s “seriously considering” a run for governor in 2022. “I haven’t made my mind up completely,” Franchot said in an interview. The Democrat, who is often at odds with members of his own party, said he intends to make a decision on a gubernatorial bid in 2020. Franchot, 71, is positioning himself as a political outsider, even though he has spent more than 30 years in politics in Annapolis. He said when he meets voters around the state, they appreciate his independent streak. “People view me, like them, as an outsider to traditional partisan politics. That’s clear,” Franchot said. “Nobody likes the Annapolis political mach

Kent County News: Franchot touts college saving plan

By KAYLA RIVAS krivas@stardem.com EASTON — YMCA campers gathered around Comptroller Peter Franchot on Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 14, to learn about Maryland 529, a college savings plan. A 529 plan is a tax-advantaged savings plan designed to encourage saving for the future higher education expenses of a beneficiary, according to the company’s website. “I’m very happy to be here, because I think I’m looking right at the future of the state of Maryland,” Franchot said at the Easton YMCA. Franchot’s visit was one among several stops at nearby businesses to promote shopping during the annual Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week, which ran Aug. 11 to 17. “My office is proud to offer a subtraction in Maryla

Herald Mail Media: Krumpe's receives new state business award

The Washington County recipient of a new business award being presented statewide by Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot is a familiar sweet spot. Dignitaries, friends and Krumpe’s Do-Nuts workers crowded into the donut shop off Maryland Avenue on Monday afternoon as Franchot bestowed the Cornerstone Award for Local Business Excellence to the longstanding institution. The new award recognizes small and family-owned businesses that celebrate the guiding values of independence, innovation and investment that define Maryland’s local business community, according to the Comptroller of Maryland’s website. The recipients have adapted to economic challenges, overcome the changing marketplace and ev

Frederick News Post: Frederick gas station owner recognized for longevity, community involvement

By Ryan Marshall rmarshall@newspost.com For 35 years, Joe Parsley and his gas station have been an institution on Frederick’s Golden Mile. Since 1984, Parsley’s Frederick Shell Carwash at West Patrick Street and Willowdale Drive has provided fuel, cold soda and car washes to drivers as the neighborhood has evolved around it. “We’ve see a lot of change here on the Golden Mile,” Parsley said. On Monday, Parsley and the station were recognized by Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot with a Cornerstone Award for Local Business Excellence. The award “recognizes businesses that are part of the fabric of their community and those that have adapted to economic challenges, evolved to meet customer dem

The Star Democrat: Hair o' the Dog celebrates 15-year anniversary

August 19, 2019 By CHRISTINA ACOSTA EASTON — Comptroller Peter Franchot presented a certificate of recognition to Hair o’ the Dog Wine & Spirits, at 219 Marlboro Ave., during its 15-year anniversary celebration on Wednesday, Aug. 14. In addition to Franchot’s citation, Sen. Addie Eckardt, R-37-Mid-Shore; Del. Johnny Mautz, R-37B-Talbot; and Chris Adams, R-37B-Wicomico, presented owners Joseph and Vicki Petro with certificates of recognition. Easton Town Councilmen Al Silverstein, Ward 1, and Ronald Engle, Ward 3, also attended the event. “They are innovative, entrepreneurial, trusted by the community, and I can’t complement Joe and Vicki enough for providing and growing this wonderful establ

The Star Democrat: Franchot honors Eastern Shore Nurseries for 90 years

Aug 18, 2019 By DUSTIN HOLT EASTON — This year marks the 90th anniversary for Eastern Shore Nurseries in Easton, and Comptroller Peter Franchot joined the celebration Wednesday, Aug. 14, by honoring the Hemming family for their nine decades of success. Franchot, along with Easton Mayor Robert Willey; state Del. Johnny Mautz, R-37B-Talbot; state Sen. Addie Eckardt, R-37-Mid-Shore; and Keith Graffius, who was representing U.S. Rep. Andy Harris R-Md.-1st, visited with the family and employees at the nursery. At 30104 Dover Road, the business is the last retail retail nursery in Talbot County. The business has expanded to feature five generations of the Hemming family. “We, in the state of Maryl

The Star Democrat: Franchot visits Easton YMCA, touts college saving plan

EASTON — Easton YMCA campers gathered around Comptroller Peter Franchot on Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 14, to learn about Maryland 529, a college savings plan. A 529 plan is a tax-advantaged savings plan designed to encourage saving for the future higher education expenses of a beneficiary, according to the company’s website. “I’m very happy to be here, because I think I’m looking right at the future of the state of Maryland,” Franchot said. Franchot’s visit was one among several stops at nearby businesses to promote shopping during the annual Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week. The tax-free week began Sunday, Aug. 11, and runs through Saturday, Aug. 17. During that time, any single qualifying articl

Maryland Matters: Adam Pagnucco: Governor Franchot?

By Guest Commentary August 15, 2019 Much to the dismay of the state’s Democratic establishment, Comptroller Peter Franchot appears to be planning a run for governor. (Disclosure: Franchot is a former client of mine, though I am not working on his current campaign.) As Maryland Matters founder Josh Kurtz has written, the 2022 field is wide open and has yet to take shape. But Franchot is a known quantity and it’s not too early to assess his strengths and weaknesses in a possible race for governor. Assets 1. Franchot is a statewide elected official. Unless U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen or Attorney General Brian Frosh decide to run – which many people believe is unlikely – Franchot would be the o

Star Democrat: Franchot presents Target with proclamation during Tax-Free Week

EASTON— Comptroller Peter Franchot presented Target with a proclamation in recognition of their success; and encouraging Maryland consumers to enjoy the annual Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week on Wednesday, Aug. 14. “During this back to school season, Target is making shopping easier than ever by creating a one stop shop for the guests for all of the back to school needs whether it is supplies, apparel or décor for college,” Former Target Service and Engagement ETL Bethany Insley said. “With the recent remodel and renovations we have had in the store, its easy for our guests to quickly come in and get items they are looking for.” The tax-free week began on Sunday, Aug.11, and runs through midnigh

Severna Park Voice: Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week

By Peter Franchot, Comptroller of Maryland With summer winding down, Maryland families soon will begin to trade the relaxation of Ocean City beach and Deep Creek Lake weekends for the rush of back-to-school shopping. The start of the school year is always an exciting time for Maryland students and their families. However, as a parent myself, I know that preparing for a new year can be hectic for everyone. To help alleviate the stress of back-to-school prep, while also highlighting our many outstanding locally owned businesses, I’m proud to announce this year’s Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week taking place August 11-17. Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week is a great opportunity to save money while also bo

WJZ 13 CBS: Maryland’s Tax-Free Week Starts Just In Time For Back To School Shopping

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Tax-Free Week starts just in time for back to school shopping in Maryland- when parents are looking for the best deals on school supplies. “I do have two children going back to school so I will be out shopping,” said shopper Elisha Jordan. Jordan is one of the many shoppers hitting the stores Sunday as Maryland kicks off its Tax-Free Week. “It helps out a lot especially when you have children that are school-age which we do so it allows our buck to go a bit further than what we normally would be able to purchase,” She added. “For just two uniforms I paid $160 so it’s very expensive for school,” another shopper Meisha Williams said. Starting August 11, clothing and footwear

Bay Times and Record Observer: Franchot highlights business diversity

STEVENSVILLE — State Comptroller Peter Franchot visited a pair of Eastern Shore businesses Thursday, Aug. 1, to underscore the need for a diverse business portfolio across Maryland. During his first stop at TechOps Specialty Vehicles in Stevensville, Franchot toured the plant as employees retrofitted vehicles with operation-specific technology like computer command centers, high definition televisions and the latest in radio communications technology. He continued his visit at the Sudlersville Community Laundromat to see the efforts of the Sudlersville Volunteer Fire Department in establishing a location complete with laundry services and wireless internet care of Atlantic Broadband for area

MYMC Media: A ‘TASTEE’ AWARD FOR DOWNTOWN BETHESDA DINER

BY DOUGLAS TALLMAN Bethesda restaurant the Tastee Diner received an award Monday from Comptroller Peter Franchot. The Cornerstone Award for Local Business Excellence marked the diner’s iconic status as one of the oldest authentic diners in the country. Watch Video Here: https://www.mymcmedia.org/a-tastee-award-for-downtown-bethesda-diner/

WFMD: Maryland Comptroller to Spend Saturday in Frederick

August 2, 2019 - 10:17 am By Loretta Gaines FREDERICK, MD. (LG) Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot will spend the day in Frederick Saturday, August 3, 2019. Officials say he will begin the day at Rockwell Brewery’s all you can eat crab feast, where he will speak about the state’s thriving craft beer industry and mingle with attendees. Franchot will then swing by Attaboy Beer before heading to the Frederick Wine Festival at Carroll Creek Park. Lastly, the Comptroller will take a tour of local businesses in the downtown area along with Frederick Mayor Michael O’Connor. http://www.wfmd.com/2019/08/02/maryland-comptroller-to-spend-saturday-in-frederick/

Cumberland Times News (Editorial): Old school

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot has suggested that he is the most popular politician in the state. Nobody should dispute that, even though many of his fellow Democrats in the General Assembly can’t stand him because he gets in their way. After the 2018 election, he said, “You may roll your eyes at this, but as the state tax collector I received more votes for state office than any Marylander in history” — 300,000 more than Gov. Larry Hogan. OK, how popular, then, is Hogan? In a state where Republican politicians almost qualify for inclusion on the Endangered Species List, he is only the second GOP governor the state ever re-elected (Theodore McKeldin being the first in 1954) and may run

WJZ 13 CBS Local: Prince George’s County Man Sentenced To Federal Prison For Filing False Tax Return

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A Prince George’s County man was sentenced to five years in prison after he pleaded guilty to two counts of filing a false income tax return. Oluwaseyi Akapo, 51, of Beltsville, pleaded guilty to these charges on July 30, 2019, in the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court. Akapo, who was not a registered tax preparer in Maryland, prepared and filed state income tax returns, for a fee, on behalf of numerous Maryland residents. Akapo was employed part-time at TaxPoint Solutions Accountants in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Many of the Maryland tax returns Akapo filed on behalf of his clients included false information, which included their Maryland tax liabilities and improperly boost

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