Monday, August 6, 2012
The comptroller will detail plans for 'Shop Maryland' on Wednesday.
Comptroller Peter Franchot will appear at Mondawmin Mall in Baltimore on Wednesday to announce plans for Shop Maryland, the state's tax-free week. From 12:01 a.m. Aug. 12 through midnight Aug. 18, customers don't have to pay the state's six percent sales tax for qualifying clothing and shoes that costs $100 or less, according to a news release from the comptrollers office. A list of exempt and taxable items can be viewed on the comptroller's website. Franchot, local elected officials and retail industry representatives will be at center court in the mall at 10:30 a.m. to provide details, the release reads.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
21 people have been arrested for smuggling untaxed cigarettes in Baltimore County so far this year.
Cigarette smuggling in Maryland is on the rise, according to Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot. "We've got an epidemic of this smuggling in our state," Franchot said during a Thursday news conference in Towson with Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger. Police confiscated 10,000 packs of alleged contraband cigarettes during a traffic stop near White Marsh. More than 3,100 packs were seized in a stop involving a Honda Accord two weeks ago. The state comptroller said his office has prosecuted more cases of cigarette smuggling "in the last nine months than we have in the previous five years." In Baltimore County, there have been 20 formal cigarette smuggling investigations since mid-2006 resulting in the arrest of 28 …
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
The nuns at the St. Martin's Home received the inaugural William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award.
Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot honored the Little Sisters of the Poor for their work caring for seniors at St. Martin's Home in Catonsville. Franchot selected the group of Catholic nuns, whose mission is to care for the elderly, as the Baltimore County recipient for the inaugural William Donald Schaefer Helping People award. The comptroller will present the award to the winning individual or organization this spring out of the 24 winners from each jurisdiction in Maryland. The St. Martin's Home in Catonsville has been open since 1969. It has independent living for low-income seniors, assisted living and skilled nursing care, according to the organization's website. The Little Sisters of the Poor have been serving in the Baltimore …
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Maryland's Comptroller Peter Franchot says it would give a boost to business.
State Comptroller Peter Franchot pitched the idea last week that Maryland schools should start after Labor Day instead of in late August, according to the Baltimore Sun. He said the shift would bolster local businesses. Some states have school calendars that defer the opening of school until after Labor Day. In Virginia, what is known as the “Kings Dominion Law” has been around since the 1980s, although the Huffington Post reported that the measure has opponents currently fighting for its repeal. With a name that references the theme park, the law mandates that schools not open before Labor Day, in large part to help promote tourism and business. A few states away, Ohio lawmakers are looking into standardizing the state's school calendars …
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Comptroller Peter Franchot tells the Baltimore County Public Schools superintendent that he's "tired of saying pretty please" on air conditioning.
Baltimore County schools Superintendent Joe Hairston's final appearance before the Board of Public Works ended in a heated exchange about air conditioning. Hairston, who is in the final months of his 12-year career with the schools system, found himself on the bad side of Comptroller Peter Franchot as he asked for $70 million in state money. Franchot launched into a five minute monologue about the lack of air conditioning in Baltimore County schools. "I'm kind of tired of saying 'pretty please.' I really am," Franchot said. Franchot specifically highlighted conditions at Middleborough Elementary School in Essex. Parents from the school attended Wednesday's meeting as they did in October when county officials asked for $7 million in school…
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
The comptroller had asked that half of a $7 million request for Baltimore County be withheld until there was a plan to install temporary window units in some schools.
The state Board of Public Works voted Wednesday to approve $7 million in improvements to seven westside schools in Baltimore County. Gov. Martin O'Malley and state Treasurer Nancy Kopp voted down a motion by Comptroller Peter Franchot that would have withheld $3.5 million until there was a plan to install air conditioning in come county schools. Schools slated for the money include: About $3.3 million is slated to go toward replacing windows at Woodlawn High School. The county notes in its request that 56 percent of the school's population is eligible for free or reduced-price lunches. The decision disappointed the parents and students of one Essex elementary school who came to Annapolis to ask the board for air conditioning. "We didn't …