February 25, 2019

The Senate panel that will decide the fate of a high-profile alcohol regulation bill appeared, at times, to be bystanders to a personality clash between the measure’s sponsor and the state’s tax collector. With Friday’s testimony generating as much heat as light, it wa...

February 25, 2019

Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot (D) will file an ethics complaint against a member of the state Senate on Monday, following the lawmaker’s claim that Maryland’s tax collector “extorted” campaign contributions from liquor interests.

Sen. Benjamin F. Kramer (D-Montgomery)...

February 21, 2019

Two lawmakers backing high-profile alcohol reform legislation traded personal attacks Thursday with the state’s chief tax collector, impugning one another’s motives and character one day before public hearings on the bill.

While the measure at the heart of the skirmish...

February 20, 2019

A new analysis from Comptroller Peter Franchot’s office predicts transferring regulation and enforcement of alcohol, tobacco and motor fuel laws from his purview to a new commission could cost the state about $50 million.

The expense would be spread out over a period of...

February 19, 2019

The Bureau of Revenue Estimates, an agency under the purview of state Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot (D), issued a report Tuesday showing that stripping the comptroller’s office of its major regulatory duties would cost taxpayers almost $50 million over the next five...

February 15, 2019

Baltimore lawyer Eric Hontz had heard about how some blue, high-tax states like Maryland weren’t expected to fare well under the sweeping changes to the federal tax code that President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans enacted in 2017.

But the 36-year-old Reser...

February 14, 2019

CAMBRIDGE — Comptroller Peter Franchot visited Cambridge’s R. Brooks & Sons appliance store Wednesday, Feb. 13, to celebrate the store’s 50 years in business and promote the President’s Day weekend Shop Maryland Energy initiative.

Customers can enjoy a tax-free weekend,...

February 14, 2019

In the Feb. 9 article published by Herald-Mail Media (“Franchot takes aim at alcohol regulation bill, Poole says ‘refocus’”), former Del. Bruce Poole made comments about my Field Enforcement Division (FED) and the current legislative effort to remove this nationally re...

February 12, 2019

HAGERSTOWN, Md. - Maryland Comptroller, Peter Franchot, visited Hagerstown Tuesday afternoon to present the William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award for Washington County.

He presented the award to "For Otis Sake Rescue", a non-profit that rescues at-risk dogs and c...

February 12, 2019

In saluting the co-founders of a dog rescue organization Tuesday, Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot said his thoughts turned to his “best friend,” Henry.

Henry is a yellow Labrador retriever.

“I’m personally moved by the work you do,” he told Laurie Brewer and Kelly Mi...

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