WBAL News Radio: Franchot Doesn't 'See The Reason' For Tax Hike To Pay For Kirwan Reform

Count state Comptroller Peter Franchot among Marylanders who support the education reforms floated by the Kirwan Commission but have little appetite for a tax increase. Goucher College poll numbers released Monday indicate that his concerns are widely shared; it found that 69% of Marylanders knew nothing about the commission's work. The commission spent three years crafting a 10-year plan to improve schools. However, the poll also found that 69% of Marylanders agreed that teacher salaries are too low and 93% said schools should offer more vocational training. Those are both things called for in the Kirwan plan. However, the poll found that just over half of Marylanders believe their taxes ar

Baltimore Sun: Franchot: Shame on The Sun for doing ‘dirty work’ of Big Tobacco

As the state’s tobacco regulator, it is my professional and ethical obligation to do everything possible to keep both cigarettes and e-cigarettes out of the hands of children. In that spirit, I announced earlier this month that Maryland would be the first state in the nation to ban the retail sale of flavored, disposable vaping devices. These products — which are marketed with names such as Strawberry Hard Candy, Pineapple Lemonade and O.M.G. — are manufactured primarily, if not exclusively, to attract underage consumers and provide them with a gateway to a lifetime of nicotine addiction. At a time when public health advocates and families are disturbed by the rapid escalation in adolescent

WTOP: Md. comptroller wants ID scanners where vaping products are sold

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot said his office will take “swift action” to implement the recommendations that were included in a state task force report on vaping. Speaking at the Board of Public Works meeting in Annapolis on Wednesday, Franchot said that while legislators consider bills that would deal with vaping, his office would take regulatory action where possible. Among the actions Franchot said he will take: requiring retailers that sell tobacco products and vaping devices to have ID scanners. “Most of the stores now, the kids have to show an ID, but you don’t have to prove that it’s a legitimate ID. That’s only proven if you put it into an ID machine,” he said, referring to the

CBS Baltimore: Task Force Presents A Dozen Recommendations Designed To Keep E-Cigarettes Away From K

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — A state task force has come up with a dozen recommendations that would regulate the electronic cigarette industry in an effort to prevent e-cigarettes and other products from getting into the hands of those under 21. The state’s E-Facts Task Force met for the final time Monday afternoon to hear legislative recommendations on how to better regulate the industry. “Literally, in real-time, we are addicting an entire generation of young people,” state Comptroller Peter Franchot said. Among the recommendations are a ban on direct-to-consumer sales of all electronic smoking devices, increased fines for “straw buyers” who buy e-cigarettes for underage people and a requiremen

Southern Maryland News Net: Comptroller Announces First-in-the-Nation Prohibition on Sales of Dispos

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot today announced that his Field Enforcement Division (FED) is taking a first-in-the-nation approach to prohibiting the sale of certain Electronic Smoking Devices (ESDs) marketed towards kids. “Today, in addition to the FDA’s prohibition of flavored e-cigarette cartridges, I have directed our enforcement agents to take more aggressive action by prohibiting the sale of disposable ESDs with flavors other than tobacco or menthol,” Comptroller Franchot said. “As the state’s tobacco regulator, it’s my legal and moral responsibility to protect consumers, especially children, from the hazardous substances contained in these unauthorized products.” Last October, the

Route 1 Reporter: Q&A: Franchot talks politics, transportation & climate change

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot very well might be the state’s next governor. But time – a lot of it – will tell. Franchot, who has served as Comptroller since 2007 and has been in state politics since 1987, made his intentions for the governor’s mansion known earlier this year, with three years still to go on current Gov. Larry Hogan’s final term. But how Franchot fares in three years time on the ballot box for the state’s highest office depends a lot on his agenda during those next three years. Much of it will also come down to how Prince George’s County’s many voters feel about him. That matters because some of the biggest issues before Franchot will have an outsized impact on Prince

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