WFMD 1270: Comptroller’s Office To Share Livestock Show Highlights At Md. State Fairgrounds

August 22, 2020 The State Fair was cancelled due to the coronavirus. Annapolis, Md (KM) With the cancellation of the Maryland State Fair for 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Comptroller’s Office says it will be looking for other ways to get the message out of about unclaimed property being held by the state. During the Fair, the Comptroller’s Office sets up a booth with its computers, and helps residents find out if the state is holding any unclaimed property, such as abandoned bank accounts and insurance policies. Last year at the Maryland State Fair, Comptroller Peter Franchot says his office was able to find at total of $271,000 in unclaimed property for 250 visitors. “If we handed

Maryland Matters: Analysis: Convention Week Sparks Inevitable Talk of 2022

Aug. 21, 2020 By Josh Kurtz In this scariest of years and strangest of elections, the pandemic’s full-force impact on the 2022 campaign in Maryland — yes, the 2022 campaign — became painfully apparent this week as Democrats held their national convention virtually. The nightly show was well produced and surprisingly tight — a better TV-watching experience than a normal convention. And Maryland Democrats gamely proceeded with a reasonable live-streamed facsimile of what their daily delegation breakfasts would look like. But missing, of course, was the in-person jockeying and schmoozing that takes place during a normal convention week. And that illustrated just how disrupted the 2022 election

The Washington Post: FedEx and UPS are wary of delivering ballots for November election

Aug. 15, 2020 By Jacob Bogage and Colby Itkowitz Private express carriers, including UPS, FedEx and Amazon, say they are limited in their ability to step in to deliver election ballots as the U.S. Postal Service signals it will struggle to handle the deluge of mail-in voting this fall. There are several impediments to those private delivery services helping out with ballot delivery this fall, including a patchwork of state and local regulations. But the concept has gained popular support — especially on social media — after the Postal Service warned 46 states plus the District of Columbia that their long-standing deadlines for requesting, returning or counting ballots were “incongruous” with

Washington DC City Biz List: A Q&A with Peter Franchot, Comptroller of Maryland

Aug. 14, 2020 Peter Franchot has served as Maryland’s Comptroller for the last 14 years. Prior to being elected Comptroller, he served twenty years in the House of Delegates, representing the residents of Montgomery County. Nevins & Associates President David Nevins recently spoke with Comptroller Franchot to discuss what it’s like to be a Comptroller during the Covid-19 crisis, the current state of Maryland’s economy and his future plans to run for Governor of Maryland. David Nevins: This is quite a time to be a comptroller. What is the state of Maryland’s economy in light of the impact of COVID-19?It must be virtually impossible to predict tax revenues significantly in advance, correct? Pe

WCBC Radio: Franchot discusses financial assistance for VFDs

August 13th, 2020 by WCBC Radio A few weeks ago, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice committed over $4 million dollars to volunteer fire departments after having his staff look into a question about such aid from WCBC. During a recent interview, we asked Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot if Maryland could help local VFD’s and rescue squads… https://www.wcbcradio.com/?news=franchot-discusses-financial-assistance-for-vfds

FOX 45 Baltimore: Baltimore leaders respond to gas explosion in West Baltimore

Aug. 10, 2020 By Tiffany Watson BALTIMORE, Md. (WBFF) -- On Monday morning, emergency crews responded to a large gas explosion that occurred in West Baltimore. Several rowhomes collapsed during the explosion. City leaders are responding to the explosion, with many of them showing up to the scene. Gov. Larry Hogan released a statement: “This morning, an explosion destroyed three homes in the Reisterstown Station neighborhood in northwest Baltimore. First responders are still performing rescue operations, and several victims have been transported to area hospitals. So far, we know that the explosion has taken one life. Our prayers are with the victims and all those affected by this tragedy. “T

FOX 5 DC: Maryland Governor’s order overrides Montgomery County plan to keep private schools closed

Aug. 3, 2020 By Tom Fitzgerald ROCKVILLE, Md. (FOX 5 DC) - Maryland Governor Larry Hogan issued an order on Monday overriding a Montgomery County COVID-19 restriction that would close private schools until October. The order restores autonomy to local schools and school systems to determine when they might reopen. The order follows up critical comments about the move over the weekend. The Republican governor wrote on Twitter Saturday he “strongly” disagrees with the order from Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles. Gayles wrote that the order will be reevaluated before Oct. 1 to determine whether it should be changed in any way. Gayles says data doesn't suggest that in-person in

The Star Democrat: Franchot presents Helping People Award to Amy's Army

CENTREVILLE — Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot virtually presented the William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award for Queen Anne’s County to Amy’s Army. Co-founder Holly Rhodes and her team accepted on behalf of the nonprofit organization that helps those in the community faced with a sudden and unexpected crisis by providing financial assistance, transportation, organizing blood drives, child care or other crucial services. Amy’s Army was founded in 2015 after the sudden and unexpected death of Amy Stoop Rhodes shortly after her wedding. In the aftermath of the devastating loss, friends and family founded the 100% volunteer-run organization to honor Amy’s legacy of helping her communit

The Baltimore Sun: Tax-free week is coming up and retailers need your help | COMMENTARY

By the time August rolls around, many of us are trying to savor the last days of summer and prepare for the coming school year. This year, of course, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the rhythms of our lives, forcing us to adapt to a new routine. By the time August rolls around, many of us are trying to savor the last days of summer and prepare for the coming school year. This year, of course, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the rhythms of our lives, forcing us to adapt to a new routine. But in a world of uncertainty, one thing that remains the same is the occurrence of Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week. This year, it runs Sunday, August 9 through Saturday, August 15, and it offers big savi

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