WBAL-TV: Task force to examine safety of electronic smoking devices

BALTIMORE — Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot announced Wednesday that he's creating a task force to examine the public health and safety implications of electronic smoking devices. He cited a growing number of reports about serious illnesses, lung disease and deaths related to vaping. The Maryland Department of Health said it is investigating 38 deaths associated to vaping-associated lung injury. The comptroller said he hopes the task force, which will be called "E-Facts," can come up with regulations to ensure businesses can continue selling the e-cigarette products without worrying about their clients becoming sick or dying. "We've got kind of a Wild West situation with vaping right now

Bay Times and Record Observer: Fisherman's Inn receives Cornerstone Award

By HANNAH COMBS hcombs@kibaytimes.com GRASONVILLE — Fisherman’s Inn was recognized last week with the Cornerstone Award for excellence in Queen Anne’s County. Comptroller Peter Franchot presented the award to brothers Tracy and Andy Schulz Friday afternoon, Oct. 18. Brother Jody Schulz was absent from the presentation due to his recovery from a recent surgery. Franchot said Fisherman’s was being recognized for their contributions to the community. Small businesses make unbelievable contributions to the state, said Franchot, noting Maryland is the richest state in income in the nation and able to achieve that status due to small business. This family owned business has adapted to economic cha

The Southern Maryland Chronicle: Comptroller Franchot Announces R. Clayton Mitchell Jr. Award

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (October 21, 2019) – Comptroller Peter Franchot has announced the launch of a new award paying tribute to one of the most skilled and respected lawmakers in Maryland history. The R.Clayton Mitchell Jr. Award for Distinguished Public Service will recognize past or present elected officials at all levels of government who exemplify the true spirit of public service, demonstrating strong leadership, humility, and compassion for the communities they serve. Joined by two of Speaker Mitchell’s sons, the Comptroller officially announced the new award last week at Twinny’s Place in Galena, a favorite restaurant of the late House Speaker who passed away in June. One recipient will be s

The Daily Record: BPW to move ahead with compensation for 5 wrongly convicted men

By: Bryan P. Sears Daily Record Government Reporter ANNAPOLIS — Five wrongly convicted men awaiting compensation from the state may only have a few weeks to wait for an offer to repay them for years spent locked in prison. Gov. Larry Hogan said Wednesday the Board of Public Works will move forward with preparing compensation agreements while lawyers in his office continue to work on a broader agreement with the Office of Administrative Hearings to handle future cases until the General Assembly can pass legislation. “However, once again, I do not believe these five individuals should have to wait any longer,” Hogan said. The governor said those agreements, for an amount not made public, would

Star Democrat: Franchot honors Tidewater Inn for oyster conservation efforts

By CHRISTINA ACOSTA cacosta@chespub.com EASTON — Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot presented a certification of recognition to the Tidewater Inn Friday, Oct. 11, for its oyster recycling efforts. Tidewater Inn general manager Lauren Catterton and executive chef Daniel Pochron were recognized for their efforts in recycling oyster shells to help grow more oysters in the Chesapeake Bay, “which serve as a natural filters and are critical to ensuring a healthier Bay. With special appreciation for your unwavering commitment to provide a first-class dining experience while also being environmental stewards of (the) state.” Recycled shells used by aqua farms stimulate oyster production and promote

Star Democrat: Franchot honors Councell Farms

By CHRISTINA ACOSTA cacosta@chespub.com CORDOVA — Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot visited the farm stand at Councell Farms, located at 11773 Old Skipton Road outside of Cordova, where he honored owners Jo Ann, Chip Councell, family and employees with medallions on Wednesday, Oct. 9. This family farm is run by the 11th generation of the Councell family who have been farming in the Talbot County since 1690. The farmers market, creamery and “field of fun” provide an influx of agritourism business for the region. Also in attendance were U.S. Rep Andy Harris, R-Md-1st, Del. Johnny Mautz, R-37B-Talbot, and Sen. Addie Eckardt, R-37-Mid-Shore. Franchot said the innovative business the Councell’s

Bay Times & Record Observer: Franchot touts oyster restoration tax credit

By KRISTIAN JAIME Kjaime@Chespub.com STEVENSVILLE — In a visit to bolster the oyster shell recycling program in Queen Anne’s County, on Thursday, Oct. 3, State Comptroller Peter Franchot officially gave a citation to Hemingway’s Restaurant for its restoration efforts. The Shell Recycling Alliance, a program by the Oyster Recovery Partnership, annually collects 33,000 bushels of shells from nearly 350 restaurants and 70 public drop sites in the Mid-Atlantic region. “We’ve dropped almost 50% from the number of adult oysters from 20 years ago,” Franchot said. “We can put back a large number of oysters if the watermen and scientists can put aside their historic distrust for one another. Programs

Severna Park Voice: Public Support Is Strong For Starting School After Labor Day

By Peter Franchot, Comptroller of Maryland Anne Arundel County Public Schools officials currently are analyzing feedback from a recent survey to help them best determine the 2020/2021 school year calendar. As they analyze the results and debate, I would like to take a moment to share highlights of a recent economic impact study independently conducted by the Business Economic and Community Outreach Network (BEACON) at Salisbury University. According to the study, starting school after Labor Day has “a clear, positive impact on both state and local government economies” with a total net economic impact of up to $115 million. The report, entitled “The Economic, Employment and Fiscal Impacts Of

Kent County News: Franchot honors Martin, Bookplate

By DANIEL DIVILIO ddivilio@thekentcountynews.com CHESTERTOWN — “I feel like Meryl Streep up here, winning all the awards,” a jubilant Tom Martin exclaimed after being recognized Thursday, Oct. 3 by state Comptroller Peter Franchot on the success of the Bookplate. With wine, soda and snacks set out, Franchot was the guest of honor in the packed back room of Martin's book store in Chestertown. The comptroller was there to present Martin with the 2019 Cornerstone Award for Kent County to commemorate the Bookplate's 16 years and counting of success. Franchot said the Cornerstone Award celebrates small, family-owned businesses. He said such operations have shown that they can adapt to economic ch

WJZ 13 CBS: ‘It’s Just Crazy’ | Bay Bridge Project Causing Headaches For Drivers Just 2 Weeks In

ANNE ARUNDEL, Md. (WJZ) — The Bay Bridge rehabilitation project is causing headaches for people on both sides of the bridge. Two weeks into the two-year, $27 million project, residents on the Eastern Shore are already fed up. “It’s like dealing with Ocean City [Maryland] traffic five days a week,” Eric Denton, of Kent Island, Maryland, said. It’s not just those who commute over the bridge. Ryleigh Thomas is a waitress at a local restaurant. “No one can get there in the morning, so it’s affecting my tip money,” Thomas said. Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot called for the project to be, “completely shut down for the fall and winter months” so that the Department of Transportation can come u

Chesapeake Bay Magazine: MD. LEADERS CLASH OVER BAY BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION IMPACT

Maryland’s chief financial officer is calling for the transportation secretary to immediately stop the Bay Bridge rehabilitation project that’s causing travel challenges for people on both shores of the Chesapeake. State Comptroller Peter Franchot sent a letter Monday to Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn, calling for the entire deck rehabilitation project to be shut down through the fall and winter. He points to a negative impact on commuters to and from the Eastern Shore, local businesses, schools, and residents from West Annapolis, Severna Park, the Broadneck Peninsula, and Kent Island. Franchot says some Queen Anne’s County Public School students have been arriving to school up

MyEasternShore.com: Franchot calls for halt to bridge project

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot called for a halt to the $27 million Bay Bridge lane rehabilitation project Monday, Oct. 7, after another morning of traffic gridlock on Kent Island and a rolling westbound backup that extended from Grasonville to the Bay Bridge. Some buses were reported as much as two hours late to Kent Island High School. “It is a debacle,” Franchot said in a phone interview Monday evening. “You have got to stop this thing and go back and do what you should have done in the beginning.” In a letter to Transportation Secretary and Maryland Transportation Authority Chairman Pete K. Rahn, Franchot criticized the lack of communication and planning that went into t

The Daily Record: Franchot calls on Hogan to speed up compensation plan for exonerees

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland’s comptroller called on Gov. Larry Hogan to speed up the pace of compensating five men who were wrongly incarcerated. Peter Franchot highlighted the situation at Wednesday’s Board of Public Works meeting, noting that Maryland was recently ranked as the richest state in the country. He called on Hogan to quickly implement a plan to compensate the men within the next two weeks. “They need to be compensated as soon as possible,” said Franchot. “They were deprived of years of freedom, opportunity and time with their family and friends and the very least we can do is compensate them in a timely and fair manner. Time is of the essences. I know the board staff is working on the

Washington Post: Maryland transportation chief apologizes for hours-long backups at Bay Bridge

Maryland’s transportation chief apologized Wednesday for unusually severe weekend traffic backups at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, saying the state is working to reduce congestion during a two-year maintenance project on the westbound span. Eastbound traffic, including beachgoers and commuters, backed up about 14 miles Friday, resulting in 10 hours of delays and spillover traffic swamping much of Anne Arundel County, according to media reports. In an unusual move, state officials waived tolls for several hours Friday night, until backups began to clear about 11 p.m. Exasperated motorists tweeted about spending two hours to travel 10 miles and a typical 20-minute commute spanning 2½ hours. An on

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