Thursday, February 21, 2013
Comptroller Peter Franchot visited the school Thursday to assess its new roof and a need for expansion.
Comptroller Peter Franchot visited Glen Burnie Park Elementary School on Thursday morning to tour the school and assess its needs, after the Maryland Board of Public Works approved more than $270,000 to help replace the school's roof. The school, built in 1962, was renovated in 1992 and 2007, but the roof had been only patched together for repairs until it was replaced in 2012, according to Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) spokesperson Bob Mosier. "This is my favorite school system in the state," Franchot said once he walked in the doors at Glen Burnie Park Elementary. "It has a history of frugality." Franchot's visit comes as the Anne Arundel County Council prepares for consideration of a more than $1 billion budget request from…
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Married same-sex couples who reside in Maryland can file jointly in 2014.
Same-sex married couples in Maryland will be able to file joint tax returns but they'll have to wait a year to do so. Comptroller Peter Franchot said Wednesday in a statement that "same-sex couples in the State of Maryland – whether married in this state or in other states – will have the opportunity to file joint tax returns for Tax Year 2013, and will receive the same state tax treatment as any married couple." The comptroller issued the statement a day after a Washington Times story reported that same-sex couples in Maryland would not be eligible to file jointly. Franchot said the story "contained significant misinformation regarding the tax filing status of same-sex couples in Maryland." That story raises questions about Maryland's tax…
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Democrat says he will seek re-election to the state comptroller's post he's held since 2006.
State Comptroller Peter Franchot told supporters Tuesday that he will seek re-election to the position he's held since 2006. The state's top tax collector was rumored to be eyeing a run for governor in 2014. In emails and calls to supporters, Franchot said he has decided to forego that campaign. Stay with Patch for updates on this story.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
How will you vote on the Congressional redistricting plan on Nov. 6?
In addition to more notable referendum questions such as same-sex marriage, DREAM Act and expanded gambling, Maryland voters will also be asked to decide the fate of the state's recently redrawn congressional districts. Earlier this week, Comptroller Peter Franchot announced he intends to vote against the maps and asked voters to do the same. The comptroller said the recent maps drawn by Gov. Martin O'Malley and approved by the General Assembly are unfair and make Maryland "the poster child for gerrymandering." A spokeswoman for the governor noted that the maps have survived a number of challenges in the courts and that the process used to create them is legally sound. Voters on Nov. 6 will be asked to vote for the referred law or against …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Comptroller says Maryland "is the poster child for gerrymandering" and urges voters to vote no on Question 5.
Democratic Comptroller Peter Franchot said Monday he supports his party's candidates but that recent redistricting of Maryland's congressional is too heavy-handed. "This map is way over the edge in terms of bare-knuckle politics," said Franchot. "I'm a proud Democrat. I support Democrats. I just want it to be fair and not fixed," Franchot said, comparing the redistricting process to "Boss Tweed-style Chicago politics." Franchot Tuesday called for an independent, non-partisan commission that would redraw the congressional and state legislative districts. The change would help restore faith in the political system, he said. The comptroller said the districts should be more compact in order to provide voters with better representation. He …
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Comptroller says the November referendum will not be about legalization of slots but "will be about the type of government Marylanders want, and the kind of state we wish to leave to our kids."
Comptroller Peter Franchot said expanded gaming legislation scheduled to be signed into law Wednesday won't generate the revenue state officials promise. "There never was a fiscal or an economic rationale for reconvening the Maryland General Assembly for its third special session in less than a year," said Franchot in a statement released Wednesday. "Any revenues that will be generated by a new casino in Prince George’s County will take several years to materialize and, if the past is any indication, have been drastically overestimated by gambling supporters and legislative analysts." Gov. Martin O'Malley is expected to sign the bill into law after 10 a.m. Wednesday, just hours after the Senate passed a final version amended by the House …
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
The Glen Burnie-based nonprofit organization received the inaugural award named in honor of former governor and comptroller William Donald Schaefer.
Far too many people in Anne Arundel County—and the region—have to struggle without basic necessities and nonprofit H.O.P.E. (For All) has been doing its part for the past 13 years to help out as much as they can. He Opens Paths to Everyone (H.O.P.E.)—which provides furniture, clothes, school supplies and other donations to help needy families get back on their feet—was honored at their Glen Burnie warehouses Monday by Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot with the inaugural William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award. While many Marylanders remember the former Maryland governor and comptroller who died last year for his big projects such as the National Aquarium in Baltimore, it was the smaller acts that he prided himself on, Franchot said…
Friday, August 5, 2011
Maryland's tax-free week this year is Aug. 14 to 20 and applies to clothing and footwear.
This year’s sales tax-free week in Maryland could deliver a much-needed stimulus to the state and local economies, said the state comptroller. Comptroller Peter Franchot and local officials paid a visit to downtown Annapolis retailers on Wednesday to discuss the details of this year’s tax-free week, Aug. 14 to 20. Any clothing or footwear item that costs less than $100 will not be charged the regular 6-percent state sales tax. “I know it’s a little odd for the tax collector to be out saying, ‘Go out and shop and you don’t have to pay taxes,’ but this is a very important boost to Maryland consumers and retailers,” Franchot said. Franchot met with Annapolis Mayor Josh Cohen, President of the Maryland Retailers Association Patrick Donoho, and…
Monday, April 18, 2011
With only a few hours to go before the tax-filing deadline, the Maryland Comptroller's Office shared some last-minute tax tips.
Are you scrambling at the last minute to file your 2010 taxes? Running around trying to remember everything that needs to be filled out and signed? Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot's office released a few tips you should make sure to remember as the last hours before the filing deadline dwindle away: Taxpayers who owe and file their tax return electronically by April 18 can choose to have their payment direct debited and get an extra two weeks to pay. Payments must be scheduled for April 30 or earlier. Due to the large volume of mail received in the final days before the tax deadline, taxpayers who file by paper and are expecting a refund should plan for a delay in receiving their money. To check the status of a refund, visit the …