MyEasternShoreMD.com: Franchot pitches himself as governor for Kent County Dems

CHESTERTOWN — Though the next gubernatorial election is still two years out, for Comptroller Peter Franchot it’s not too early to start outlining what he’d stand for if elected to serve as governor of Maryland. Franchot was the speaker at the Thursday, Sept. 17 Democratic Club of Kent County meeting following Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh’s attendance at the August iteration. The meeting was held virtually through the video conferencing site Zoom. By his own description, Franchot said he is a “proud Democrat,” but “not a robot for crying out loud." He said he opts to “do the right thing” versus taking action only to keep groups of like-minded people from being disappointed in him. Fr

Bay Net: Comptroller Reminds Taxpayers that Collections on Hold Until After COVID State of Emergency

The Office of the Maryland Comptroller will soon mail notifications to certain tax filers of unpaid tax liabilities that were due July 15 – the extended deadline from the traditional April 15 tax due date – as well as other late payments on certain business taxes due. This will be a notification process only, not a collections activity. The mailings, which will provide recipients with their current account status, are being sent to taxpayers who have not paid the balances on certain taxes, including individual and corporate income, sales and use, and withholding taxes. Recipients of the tax notices are not required to take any action at this time. However, tax filers should be aware that int

MyEasternShoreMD.com: Franchot presents Schaefer Award to Talbot Paramedic Foundation

ANNAPOLIS — Comptroller Peter Franchot Thursday, Sept. 10, virtually presented a William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award to the Talbot Paramedic Foundation. President Wayne Dyott accepted on behalf of the nonprofit organization that has raised awareness and provided life-saving training to first responders and county residents for more than 30 years. The Talbot Paramedic Foundation was created by a small group of volunteers in conjunction with the Easton Volunteer Fire Department to successfully establish Advanced Life Support services throughout Talbot County. “Their work over the years has saved countless lives through increased awareness and raising funds and developing life saving p

The Star Democrat: Stop the bleeding

The state of Maryland ended its most recent fiscal year with a $585.8 million “unassigned balance.” The money is separate from the state’s Rainy Day Fund and other pools of cash at Annapolis’ disposal. Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot wants the $585.8 million to go toward helping small businesses. Restaurants, shops and other small businesses on the Eastern Shore and throughout Maryland continue to struggle and face serious challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic. The coronavirus and its economic impacts still threaten scores of jobs and small businesses. “We just need to stop the bleeding,” Franchot said in an interview with The Star Democrat. We strongly agree with Franchot’s effort to he

The Washington Post: Trump’s hostility to cities threatens to worsen the recession

Sept. 14, 2020 By Robert McCartney President Trump’s hostility to cities may help him politically, but it threatens to worsen the recession because metropolitan regions are the engines of the nation’s economic growth, officials and analysts say. The risk arises not just from the president’s rhetoric criticizing urban unrest. Trump and his Republican allies in the Senate are also rejecting fresh financial aid to state and local governments and to public transit systems in a second coronavirus relief package. That shortchanges areas such as the Washington region and is a recipe for deepening and prolonging the economic slump. About 1.3 million state and local government employees have lost the

Hagerstown Herald-Mail: Carryout alcohol sales offer Maryland restaurants a lifeline...

Sept. 12, 2020 By Madeleine O'Neill USA Today Network Somehow, in the middle of a pandemic, sales on Mother's Day were up this year at Dan's Restaurant and Tap House in Boonsboro. Carryout cocktails, served in mason jars, played a big role. "We could not believe it," said Charlotte Aufdem-Brinke, the restaurant's co-owner. "We ran out of mason jars to sell." In normal times, Dan's Tap House wouldn't be allowed to sell alcoholic drinks to go. But like other struggling eateries and taverns across Maryland, Dan's benefitted from emergency rules that have allowed carryout and delivery service for beer, wine and cocktails while in-person seating is limited. "There's no question that it saved us,"

MyMcMedia: FRANCHOT: $585 MILLION FUND BALANCE SHOULD GO TOWARDS RESCUING SMALL BUSINESSES

Sept. 11, 2020 BY JORDAN LINDSAY Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot announced on Wednesday that the state closed its books on Fiscal Year 2020 with a $585.8 million General Fund balance. Franchot is urging policymakers to dedicate the entire fund balance to rescue Maryland’s small businesses amid the COVID-19 health crisis. “These small businesses will simply not survive this economic devastation in the absence of state support ― and Maryland would be in danger of losing thousands of jobs, direct and indirect economic benefits, and community investments that they generate,” Franchot said. MyMCMedia spoke with Comptroller Franchot about the FY 2020 closeout: Detailed information can be found

MarylandReporter: FRANCHOT: MARYLAND’S ECONOMIC FUTURE REMAINS COMPLETELY AND UTTERLY UNPREDICTABLE

Sept. 10, 2020 by Bryan Renbaum Maryland’s economic future remains uncertain because of the coronavirus pandemic even though the latest fiscal report shows a slight increase in revenues, Comptroller Peter Franchot said Thursday. “Completely and utterly unpredictable,” Franchot (D) told MarylandReporter.com in a phone interview. Franchot added: “Major companies that are far more sophisticated than I am…they’re not putting out reports as to what they predict is going to be the economic activity for their own companies. And the reason is that no one really knows what the path of the virus is going to be. We have our fingers and toes all crossed that we will have a vaccine and we will have bette

ABC Salisbury: Comptroller calls for extra money to go to small businesses

September 10, 2020 Hannah Cechini MARYLAND – Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot announced some good news. The state finished out the 2020 fiscal year with a fund balance of more than $585 million. But the question now is what to do with all of that money. “It is critical that the state of Maryland immediately allocate that toward small business,” said Comptroller Franchot. The Comptroller says that if something isn’t done soon, many small businesses could go under. “Right now there’s thousands of small businesses – many of them on the shore – that are hanging by a thread and could permanently close over the next month,” said Comptroller Franchot. Owner of World of Toys in Berlin Olga Kozhev

Star Democrat: ‘We just need to stop the bleeding’: A new push to help small business hit by COVID

By MIKE SUNNUCKS msunnucks@chespub.com September 10, 2020 ANNAPOLIS — Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot wants the state to step up with a new effort to help small businesses on the Eastern Shore and other parts of the state. Franchot said in an interview with The Star Democrat the state is ending its most recent fiscal year earlier this summer with a $585.8 million ‘unassigned balance’. That is money beyond Maryland’s Rainy Day Fund. “We were mildly surprised there was a positive fund balance,” Franchot said. The comptroller wants the money to go to small businesses who have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and related closures. Many of those small businesses – including restaurants

WMDT-47: Talbot Paramedic Foundation honored with Schaefer Helping People Award

September 10, 2020 Hannah Cechini TALBOT COUNTY, Md. – Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot presented the William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award to the Talbot Paramedic Foundation. “The Talbot County Paramedic Foundation has done a fabulous job at advancing life support services in the county. I wanted to recognize them with the award,” said Comptroller Franchot. The non-profit organization helps to raise awareness and provide life-saving training to first responders and Talbot County residents for decades. They also work to help get messaging out to residents about emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic. Comptroller Franchot says the Talbot Paramedic Foundation has been essential to th

Kent Pilot: Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot To Speak At Democratic Club Meeting

September 10, 2020 The public is invited to “A Conversation with Comptroller Peter Franchot” at the September meeting of the Democratic Club of Kent County, Thursday 9/17/20. The meeting will take place via Zoom, with a social time at 6:15 pm, followed by Mr. Franchot speaking at 6:30 that evening. As Maryland’s chief fiscal officer, Comptroller Franchot is a tireless champion for working families and small businesses, and a stalwart advocate for fiscal policies that strengthen our state’s economy. As chief executive officer of a 1,100-person state agency, Comptroller Franchot is focused on delivering respectful, responsive, and results-oriented taxpayer service, and the Maryland Comptroller

Maryland Matters: Franchot: $585 Million Fund Balance Should Go to Small Businesses

Sept. 9, 2020 By Danielle E. Gaines Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot (D) wants the state to direct a general fund surplus to small businesses coping with the COVID-19 pandemic. Franchot announced on Wednesday final close-out numbers for the 2020 fiscal year that ended June 30, which include a $585.8 million unallocated balance in the state’s general fund. Citing the state’s existing $1.2 billion rainy day fund, Franchot said he would urge the governor and General Assembly to devote the entire general fund balance to a stimulus and rescue program for small businesses. “These small businesses will simply not survive this economic devastation in the absence of state support ― and Maryland would

The Maryland Daily Record: Franchot: Maryland Environmental Service should be disbanded

Sept. 8, 2020 By Bryan P. Sears The Maryland Environmental Service should be permanently disbanded following the controversy over a six-figure severance payment made to a former director who left to become Gov. Larry Hogan’s chief of staff. So says Comptroller Peter Franchot in comments made Tuesday during a wide-ranging interview with The Daily Record Editorial Advisory Board that included the state’s chief tax collector’s thoughts on the state budget, and concerns about returning children to schools, which he likened to a laboratory experiment. A joint committee of Delegates and Senators have held hearings over the last two weeks following news of a more than $233,000 payout to Roy McGrath

Maryland Matters: Franchot: In-Person Instruction Is a ‘Huge Medical Experiment’

Sept. 4, 2020 By Bruce DePuyt With a new academic year starting, and local school systems wrestling with how best to educate children amid a public health crisis, Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot (D) came out this week squarely for remote instruction, urging county leaders not to give in to “pressure” to bring students back to the classroom. In urging caution, Franchot, an announced candidate for governor in 2022, is aligning himself with the state’s powerful teachers’ unions. His views are in stark contrast with those held by Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R), a frequent ally. “I happen to have very strong concerns about in-person K-thru-12 and even higher ed institutions,” Franchot said on Wed

ABC Salisbury: BPW members express support for keeping Eastern Shore medevacs

September 3, 2020 Kyleigh Panetta MARYLAND – Maryland State leaders are doing what they can to protect two State Police medevacs on the Eastern Shore from budget cuts. On Wednesday, the Maryland Board of Public Works composed of Governor Larry Hogan, Treasurer Nancy Kopp, and Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot spoke in favor of keeping the full operation of Trooper 4 and Trooper 6 on the shore. Franchot says at Wednesday’s meeting there was “no support for reducing medevac service on the Eastern Shore.” In the past, there was a $1.3 million budget cut that officials said would have negatively affected the shore. Although the proposed budget cut has not been formally rejected, Franchot says

ABC Salisbury: Maryland Comptroller supports permanently allowing carryout alcohol sales

September 2, 2020 Kyleigh Panetta MARYLAND – Maryland’s Comptroller is voicing his support for permanently changing the state’s laws to allow carryout alcohol sales, even after the pandemic is over. Back in March, Governor Larry Hogan passed a few emergency orders allowing many places to sell carryout alcohol. Comptroller Peter Franchot believes that saved a lot of breweries, wineries, distilleries and restaurants from closing permanently due to the pandemic. The Comptroller is hoping the Governor will extend those orders through the next legislative session so the General Assembly can consider making these changes permanent. “I can’t imagine, given the damage to the restaurant industry and

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