WJZ 13 CBS: Post-Labor Day School Start Adds Millions To Economy, Study Says

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — The State Comptroller’s Office released a new study Thursday that they said shows that starting schools after Labor Day is good for the local economy. The study was conducted by Salisbury University’s Business Economic and Community Outreach Network. It found that having an additional six days of summer has about $58 million in economic impact. Furthermore, an additional 12 days adds up to $115 million dollars, depending on when Labor Day falls. “This is money on the table, this is money that is coming back into Maryland, in the form of tax revenue, in terms of wages, in terms of economic expansion,” Maryland Comptroller Chief of Staff Len Foxwell said. The debate over

Maryland Matters: Revenue Estimates Tick Up for Current Fiscal Year

The Maryland Board of Revenue Estimates voted unanimously Thursday to increase the state’s projected revenues for the current fiscal year by just under $130 million, but cautioned that the uptick “is not indicative of long-term economic growth.” The new estimate, a 2.7% increase over the last projections in March, is a reflection of a strong tax year in 2018, Maryland Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot (D) noted Thursday during the board’s meeting. Franchot, Maryland Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp and Budget and Management Secretary David R. Brinkley make up the Board of Revenue Estimates. The board also set the first official projection for fiscal year 2021 at approximately $19.1 billion, which is a

The Baltimore Sun: Franchot did a cool job lobbying for millions in state spending on temporary scho

Franchot did a cool job lobbying for millions in state spending on temporary school air conditioning. The short term solution to finally provide some cooling relief to the un-air conditioned Baltimore County Public Schools facilities is long overdue (“Baltimore County schools, closed Thursday because of high heat, get air conditioning money from state panel," Sept. 12). Let’s not forget where the push started. Comptroller Peter Franchot began this fight for this relief over five years ago, and he never stopped. He continued to advocate for the schools being ignored in failing, neglected buildings like Dulaney High. Quite simply, Peter Franchot has been the wisest man in the room. Thank you,

WBOC 16: Md. Comptroller Berates Wicomico Co. Executive, Claims 'Economic Sabotage' of Natio

SALISBURY, Md.- The Maryland Comptroller's Office is claiming Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver attempted "economic sabotage" to the National Folk Festival a mere two weeks before it was to take place. It began with an Aug. 27 letter that Culver, a Republican, sent to Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller. In the letter, Culver said his appointed local Board of License Commissioners were not consulted at all about beer and wine licenses for the folk festival, and claimed what the comptroller of Maryland did was illegal. But in a five-page letter to Culver dated Sept. 13, Len Foxwell, a Democrat and the Maryland comptroller's chief of staff, said the comptroller's office was not

The Enquirer Gazette Spotlight: Illegal tax preparer sentenced on three counts

Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh (D) last week announced that Anthony Lewis, 53, of Riverdale was sentenced in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court for three counts of filing false income tax returns, according to a press release from the attorney general's office. Judge Michael Wachs sentenced Lewis to 10 years incarceration, suspending all but one year, to be served in the Anne Arundel County Detention Center. Additionally, Wachs ordered five years supervised probation upon Lewis’ release and restitution of $100,000. Lewis is also prohibited from acting as a tax preparer. From 2013 to 2015, Lewis, who was not a registered tax preparer in Maryland, prepared and filed state income tax r

WJZ13 CBS: Baltimore City, County Schools Get Millions For Air Conditioning Upgrades

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A state committee Thursday approved millions of dollars for portable air conditioning and HVAC system installation at a number of Baltimore City and County schools. The Interagency Committee on School Construction made the decision on the same day dozens of city and county schools without air conditioning were forced to close or let out early due to heat. Area Schools Without A/C Closing Or Dismissing Early Thursday Six schools in Baltimore County will get nearly $13.5 million for vertical packaged air conditioning units. The project includes: - Dulaney High School, which will get air conditioning in at least 50 classrooms, the health suite, the gym and cafeteria;

WFMD: Maryland Comptroller: Fairgoers Could Find Unclaimed Property

Frederick, MD – Over $1.5 billion is currently unclaimed in the state of Maryland and the Comptroller’s office is trying to return it to their rightful owners. Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot said his office will have a booth at the Great Frederick Fair to let the public search the database for unclaimed property. “I’ll bet dollars to donuts that someone’s family member or neighbor or school friend is on that list,” Franchot said. “because we’re holding a lot of money for them.” Franchot said the Comptroller’s office recently returned over $217 thousand at the Maryland State Fair with one man claiming an unexpected windfall of over $71 thousand. Financial institutions, insurance companie

Dundalk Eagle: Comptroller visits new Dundalk Elementary School

DUNDALK — Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot visited Dundalk last week, and was given a guided tour of the new Dundalk Elementary School. Accompanied by two state delegates, two representatives of the Baltimore County School Board and Baltimore County Councilman Todd Crandell, R-7, Franchot received a guided tour of the new school from Principal Michael Parker. “Every kid in the state deserves this kind of a facility,” Franchot said about the new Dundalk Elementary School. “It’s modern. It’s cutting-edge. But most importantly, it has great leadership. The principal is just a spectacular individual.” Franchot spoke more words about Parker, saying that he praises Dundalk Elementary’s teachers

The Cumberland Times News: Nominations sought for Helping People Award

CUMBERLAND — Comptroller Peter Franchot’s office is accepting nominations for the William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award through Sept. 30. Established in 2012, the award honors the legacy of public service left by the former mayor, governor and comptroller. The award is presented in each of Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City to individuals and organizations with an unwavering commitment to helping people. “Maryland is full of selfless individuals and remarkable groups that prioritize the lives of others, fulfilling unmet needs to improve vulnerable communities,” said Franchot, who will present the award to each recipient, beginning later this year. “Every year, I hear so many i

The Southern Maryland Chronicle: Maryland State Fairgoers Find More Than $271K in Unclaimed Property

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (September 5, 2019) – Comptroller Peter Franchot today announced that 259 people discovered more than $271,000 in unclaimed funds at this year’s Maryland State Fair. One attendee learned about an unexpected windfall of $71,517. Throughout the summer and fall, agency staff set up booths at county fairs and festivals and the State Fair to reunite Marylanders with money they are owed. Approximately 1,360 people made inquiries at the unclaimed property booth at this year’s State Fair. “Several hundred people had a great time at the State Fair and learned about money that is rightfully theirs; I call that a red-letter day,” Comptroller Franchot said. “Our agency staff fans out acro

The Star Democrat: College savings now and down the road

By PETER FRANCHOT Maryland comptroller Being Maryland’s comptroller has taken me to every corner of our great state. And whether I’m talking with taxpayers in Oakland or Ocean City, one of the most repeated concerns from the people I meet is the cost of higher education. Parents want their kids to have the same, or better, opportunities than they had. But college loans can have crushing consequences for students and their families. The burden of this debt — now at $1.6 trillion nationally — has reached a crisis level. High debt payments affect how college graduates navigate their new lives as they pursue an advanced degree or as they enter the workforce. On top of rent, utilities, car paymen

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