Baltimore Sun: Peter Franchot has questions about a massive highway project; he deserves answers

By BALTIMORE SUN EDITORIAL BOARD Last year, the House of Delegates passed HB 1091, a bill that required greater legislative oversight of public-private partnerships valued at more than $500 million. The measure died in the Senate, which is a real shame because it would come in handy right now. That’s because Maryland’s largest such partnership or P3 — a proposed $11 billion-or-more widening of Interstate 270 and Maryland’s portion of the Capital Beltway — is on hold right now because Comptroller Peter Franchot is asking questions that Gov. Larry Hogan and the Maryland Department of Transportation aren’t answering. Rarely has such a massive public infrastructure project in this state faced as

Maryland Matters: Revenue Estimates Tick Slightly Up, But Officials Wary About Increased Spending

Maryland lawmakers will have a little bit more cash to work with come budget season ― but not a whole lot more than previously projected. The Bureau of Revenue Estimates on Wednesday voted to revise the state’s revenue projections for the current fiscal year up by 0.1%, or a $26.4 million increase to the $18.7 billion total. The board also voted to project an additional $115 million in revenues for the 2021 fiscal year, an increase of 0.6%. The revision ― which sets the final figures on which Republican Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan’s 2021 budget proposal will bill based ―was driven by a slight uptick in the bureau’s outlook for wage growth and anticipated increases in tax revenue from capital gain

The Bay Times & Record Observer: MSFA presents Franchot with firefighter's axe

SUDLERSVILLE — Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot visited Sudlersville Volunteer Fire Company Saturday morning, Dec. 7, for the 126th anniversary meeting of the Maryland State Firemen’s Association. Franchot received a warm welcome from attendees as he was introduced by MSFA President Mike Faust. The comptroller elected to dispense with his prepared remarks and speak from the heart as he presented a proclamation to the association. “The fire companies provide the first path for so many of our young people across the state to serve,” Franchot said. “You have never had a better or bigger champion for the great work that you do.” He presented a proclamation recognizing the Maryland State Firem

Maryland Matters: Franchot Wants More Answers From Hogan on Highway-Widening Plan

Maryland Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot (D) signaled on Wednesday that he will need more than a two-week delay before he is ready to vote on changes to the state’s controversial plan to widen the American Legion Bridge, the Capital Beltway and Interstate 270. Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) agreed to remove a set of amendments from Wednesday’s Board of Public Works agenda reluctantly, and only because he desperately needs Franchot’s vote to keep the project moving forward. Hogan did not attend Wednesday’s BPW meeting. The amendments, submitted by the Maryland Transportation Authority and the state Department of Transportation, are intended to generate momentum for the $11 billion highway-wid

WJZ13: E-Facts Task Force Created To Tackle Vaping-Related Illnesses In Maryland

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WJZ) — A newly-formed task force is aiming to tackle the growing issue of vaping-related illnesses in Maryland. Members of the E-Facts Task Force held their first meeting Tuesday at the University of Maryland, College Park, during which they announced the roster and schedule in preparation for a report on public health and safety impacts, as well as possible legislation to reduce the risk of vaping related illnesses. “To determine what exactly the facts are about these devices and what their ingredients are, and what we as regulators should be doing to properly protect the citizens of the State of Maryland,” Comptroller Peter Franchot said. The Maryland Health Department r

WTOP: Delay sought on Beltway widening vote

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot says a crucial vote on a proposal to widen the Capital Beltway and Interstate 270 should be delayed. And he’s not alone. Franchot serves on the three-member Board of Public Works with State Treasurer Nancy Kopp and Gov. Larry Hogan. And on Monday, Kopp said she agrees with Franchot that the vote on the plan to add tolls and widen the Beltway and I-270 should be pushed back so that the amended plans can be analyzed further. Documents outlining an amended proposal were released in the run-up to a holiday-shortened week. Franchot said on his Facebook page that because the agenda item for Wednesday would “substantially accelerate and broaden” the existing agre

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