Southern Maryland News Net:Maryland Comptroller Virtually Presents Charles County Schaefer Award to

Comptroller Peter Franchot virtually presented the William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award for Charles County to retired United States Navy Capt. Ed Nicholson, founder of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF). Capt. Nicholson accepted the award on behalf of the program that has become a national model for the rehabilitation of disabled veterans and military personnel. After his own stay at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Capt. Nicholson founded the nonprofit organization as a way to augment the medical treatment of injured servicemen and women. The physical and emotional rehabilitative benefits of fly fishing help these heroes heal and foster their transition from mil

WCBC 1270 Cumberland: Franchot: Shop MD Tax-Free Week “critical” for local businesses this year

In a year that has been anything but normal, Comptroller Peter Franchot reminds Marylanders that one thing remains the same: Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week begins Sunday, August 9th with savings for customers, scholarship opportunities for college and trade school students and a catalyst to spur sales for retailers. Franchot says that this year more than ever, it’s critical to shop local to support the small retailers who are going above and beyond to continue paying employees, creating a safe environment for customers and finding new ways to sell their products during a global pandemic. From August 9-15, any single qualifying article of clothing or footwear priced $100 or less – regardless of

The Baltimore Sun:‘I don’t know what they would do if they came,’ Maryland Gov. Hogan says of Trump

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said Wednesday he doesn’t understand why President Donald Trump would send “more federal law enforcement” officers to Baltimore and that “I don’t know what they would do if they came” since the city’s protests have been largely peaceful. Hogan, a Republican, addressed the issue after Comptroller Peter Franchot expressed concern during a Board of Public Works meeting about camouflaged federal agents — many with no name tags or markings to identify their agency affiliation -- who clashed with demonstrators in Portland, Ore. Trump, also a Republican, said Monday that law enforcement in some cities “are restricted from doing anything” and that he would provide “more fed

The Washington Post: Prince George’s council tables measure to allow reduced homestead tax credit

The Prince George’s County Council on Tuesday unanimously tabled a measure that would have asked voters whether to allow the council to weaken the homestead tax credit. Residents vociferously objected to the proposed ballot measure, which could have caused property tax bills for homeowners to rise more quickly. Its original proponents on the council said the change was necessary to raise revenue as the county faces a looming budget crisis. They pointed out that the Prince George’s homestead tax credit is more generous than that of other Maryland jurisdictions. But opponents said there could not be a worse time to take money out of the pockets of residents who pay some of the highest tax rate

Delmarva Public Radio: Franchot: Time to Replace Redskins Name

Washington's football team is now contemplating what name to choose to replace The Redskins. After years of resistance, corporate pressure along with the nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd has finally moved the team's owner Daniel Snyder to act. Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot, who is looking at a run for governor, says it is about time. County Recorder: Calvert County Schaefer Helping People Award presented

The 2019 Calvert County Schaefer Helping People Award was presented virtually to Jack "Little Jack" Woodford, founder of the Heart F.E.L.T program. F.E.L.T. — an acronym for Filling Empty Little Tummies — is a program that partners with local churches, providing meals to children who are considered "food insecure" in Calvert County. According to a news release from the Comptroller of Maryland, the F.E.L.T. program provides meals to children in the county during evenings, weekends and holidays. The program — founded in 2012 — commenced at Trinity United Methodist in Prince Frederick, stemming from inspiration and principles of the late William Donald Schaefer, a former Maryland comptroller an

WBAL-AM Baltimore: Franchot: Taxpayers Who Owe State Can Work With His Office

April 15 is arriving a few months late. For both Maryland and the federal government, taxpayers were given a three-month extension on filing and paying their 2019 tax returns. That extension ends Wednesday. State Comptroller Peter Franchot told Bryan Nehman on Tuesday his office is waiting on around 700,000 filers. He said his office is willing to work with taxpayers who can't pay all the money they owe right away as long as those filers reach out to his office. "We will have someone contact you but the key is to communicate," Franchot said. "If you don't communicate and think we won't notice, that doesn't happen, unfortunately." The Board of Public Works, on which Franchot sits, made hundre

WAMU 88.5 Washington:Maryland Is 500,000 Tax Returns Short Because Of Coronavirus, Top Finance Offic

Maryland’s top finance official expected to have far more state tax returns filed by the end of the filing deadline, but the state estimates about 500,000 returns have yet to be be filed. Comptroller Peter Franchot reported Wednesday that Maryland has processed 2.73 million tax returns so far — hundreds of thousands of additional returns fewer than expected because of the coronavirus pandemic and resulting economic downturn. “We understand how screwed up this whole tax season is,” Franchot told DCist/WAMU. Marylanders have until July 15 to file state and federal taxes — an extension to the usual April 15 tax filing deadline. The deadline was extended for 90 days to allow taxpayers more time Independent: First phase of new tax processing system begins in Maryland

Maryland’s comptroller office launched the first phase of the agency’s new tax processing system on Monday, Comptroller Peter Franchot said. The first phase of the $160 million system called Compass focuses on alcohol tax collection and license renewals. The comptroller’s office said the process will be more automated. Many forms also have been condensed to streamline the process. Compass will continue to be implemented over the next several years. Corporate taxes are schedule to be launched under the system in the first quarter of 2021. Business taxes and individual income taxes are scheduled to follow in 2022. The system includes enhanced fraud detection, the comptroller’s office said. It

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Comptroller Franchot Virtually Presents the Prince George’s County William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award ANNAPOLIS, Md. (June 24, 2020)—Comptroller Peter Franchot has virtually presented the annual William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award for Prince George’s County to E. Kim Rhim, founder of The Training Source, Inc., a nonprofit organization offering comprehensive adult and youth job training programs, youth development programs, safety net services for families in need and professional training for employers. Created in 1993, The Training Source provided an avenue for Ms. Rhim to give back to community members by offering resources most necessary for life-sustaining and life-ful

Maryland Matters: Divided ‘Works’ Panel Approves Big Budget Cut; Hogan Warns of Layoffs

Maryland’s Board of Public Works approved a scaled-back plan to reduce state spending on Wednesday, voting 2-1 to chop $413 million from the budget, to offset a steep reduction in revenues. But Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R), who altered his original proposal under pressure from the panel’s two Democrats, warned that the failure to cut more deeply increased the likelihood that thousands of state employees will lose their jobs in the coming months. The reductions, coming on the first day of Fiscal Year 2021, will save $395 million in general fund revenue from the state’s nearly $44 billion budget. Hogan was supported by Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot (D). Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp (D) voted ag

Maryland Daily Record: Md. spending board approves $413M in cuts, defers other reductions

Maryland’s spending board Wednesday approved roughly $413 million in budget cuts, but postponed acting on a contentious proposal to reduce state employee compensation for at least two weeks. Gov. Larry Hogan warned delaying cuts too long will result in more painful cutbacks later. One way or another, he said, Maryland must cut an additional $205 million from its budget. “We have to find alternatives to that $205 million … not cutting is not an option,” Hogan said. Initially the Board of Public Works was set to consider items including a permanent 5% cut to employee pay, eliminating cost of living increases, and reductions in state contributions to employee retirement. Additionally cuts to st

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