Maryland Matters: Franchot Cites Unscientific Poll to Urge Loosening of Liquor Laws

By Bruce DePuyt - State Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot (D) is hoping an unscientific three-day poll of people who follow him on Facebook will stir the General Assembly into loosening state law regarding the sale of beer and wine in supermarkets. From Nov. 13-15, the state’s tax collector asked his social media followers whether grocery stores should be allowed to sell beer and wine. Almost all of the 3,064 people who responded to his query answered “yes.” Only 9 percent said “no.” On Tuesday Franchot sent all members of the state legislature and Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) a letter sharing the results of his survey, which he acknowledged was “informal” and “decidedly unscientific.” Nonet

WMAR 2 ABC: Largest tobacco bust in the history of the Maryland Comptroller's office

By: "Disco" Don Harrison ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A large illegal tobacco bust brings accolades to the comptrollers office. The tax enforcement division of Peter Franchot's office uncovered a nearly half million dollar scam going on in Prince George's County. More than $450,000 of illegal tobacco products brought from another state that does not have a state tax and sold here in Maryland to cut cost for the seller. Jeff Kelly is the director for the tax enforcement division for the comptrollers office. "So we believe here they were probably coming from Pennsylvania and smuggling the product into the state, storing it and then selling it to local retailer for resale," Kelly said. The boxes in this ro

WFMD 930: Maryland Comptroller Kicks off “Shop Maryland for the Holidays” Campaign

By TImothy Young He said shopping locally helps local economy. Frederick, MD – Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot visited Frederick on recently to kick off the “Shop Maryland for the Holidays” campaign, encouraging shoppers to visit local Maryland stores for their holiday gift needs. Franchot said that shopping locally is becoming more important as out-of state online shopping grows in popularity. “Sure [online shopping] is convenient,” Franchot said. “But you don’t get anywhere near the customer service, quality of products, or good prices you’re going to get from brick & mortar retail stores.” Franchot visited Brick & Mortal Mercantile in downtown Frederick on his tour and said they encou

Salisbury Daily Times: Shuck responsibly for more oysters and a better bay: Peter Franchot

By Peter Franchot, Special to Salisbury Daily Times Horn Point Hatchery in Cambridge is the largest oyster hatchery in Maryland, primarily producing oyster spat-on-shell for Chesapeake Bay restoration. Julia Rentsch, Wochit Once the Chesapeake’s most plentiful fishery, the oyster population has been shellacked by overharvesting, disease and degraded water quality conditions. Captain John Smith, the first English explorer to sail the Chesapeake Bay, experienced great difficulty navigating as he noted the oysters laid “thick as stones.” Today, the opposite is true, and as the Shell Recycling Alliance suggests — it is our duty to shuck responsibly. In 1980, the total dockside value of the Chesa

Cumberland Times-News: Back local businesses, urges Franchot

By Brandon Glass CUMBERLAND — Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot kicked off his annual Shop Maryland for the Holidays campaign Wednesday at Cumberland Trail Connection at the Shops at Canal Place. The statewide tour is hosted by the comptroller and the Maryland Retailers Association to encourage residents to shop locally instead of online or out-of-state. “What we’re doing here is saying, ‘Look, we love Amazon, it’s a big company, but they’ve pillaged just about every main street in the state of Maryland,’” Franchot said. Franchot purchased a pair of bike gloves at Cumberland Trail Connection to go along with a hat he bought earlier in the day at the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 172.

Frederick News-Post: Comptroller Peter Franchot stops in downtown Frederick to encourage shopping lo

By Erika Riley Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot brought his shop-local message to Frederick on Wednesday during a stop at Brick and Mortar Mercantile, a new shop downtown. The brief Wednesday event was a part of the kickoff for this year’s Shop Maryland for the Holidays campaign. “We’re here to start off the shop local [campaign], and we couldn’t be in a better store because the whole point here is to urge Marylanders to get off the internet, such a convenient source of shopping, and come down and frequent and patronize wonderful brick-and-mortar stores,” Franchot said. The shop recently opened only five months after its first location debuted in Leesburg, Virginia. It specializes in good

Maryland Matters: Franchot Hopes Lawmakers Reverse Course, Restore His Regulatory Powers

By Danielle E. Gaines November 7, 2019 Maryland Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot (D) told House and Senate lawmakers this week that he hopes a bill to remove his office’s regulatory authority over tobacco and alcohol can be undone this coming General Assembly session. “This situation with this enforcement division, which is being torn apart as we speak, is the grossest mismanagement of public funds I have ever seen in my 33 years [in Annapolis],” Franchot told the Joint Committee on the Management of Public Funds. Last legislative session, the General Assembly passed a bill that transfers the alcohol and tobacco regulatory powers from the comptroller’s office to a new five-member Alcohol and

WMDT 47 ABC: Maryland Comptroller honors Fruitland business owner with award

By Brooke Butler FRUITLAND, Md. – On Monday, Comptroller Peter Franchot presented a Cornerstone Award for Local Business Excellence to Pete Roskovich, the owner Adam’s Taphouse Grill and Black Diamond Catering in Fruitland. Comptroller Franchot said, “[He has] demonstrated time and time again that [he] can adapt to economic challenges while still prioritizing a commitment to [his] community.” Roskovich opened up Adam’s Taphouse Grille back in 1993, and Black Diamond Lodge years later. Roskovich said, “We were able to buy this building in 2008 and we became Black Diamonds Lodge and Black Diamond Catering as well.” Roskovich uses his businesses to do good in his community. Beyond just serving

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