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Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot is calling for an independent non-partisan panel of experts to audit the distribution of stimulus funds. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with the Comptroller who backs the program about his concerns. Franchot has announced his intention to run for governor.

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The stimulus checks will be arriving for Marylanders from the state's COVID Relief Act. Comptroller Peter Franchot told Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush that they are already going out. But, he adds, this is not nearly enough in the face of the economic downturn.

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Lawmakers are now working on a coronavirus relief package in Annapolis. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot who is running for governor to talk about what he sees as the drawbacks to the latest effort in the state capital.

The pipeline that will bring natural gas to Somerset County got a final license approval from the Maryland Board of Public Works. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush takes a look at the project and the surrounding environmental controversy.

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It is a time of change with the inauguration of a new president and the passing of Mike Miller, the long time president of the Maryland state Senate. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot about this changing of the guard.

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Governor Larry Hogan announced a $1 billion relief package as Maryland struggles with the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush on the governor's announcement.

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As Marylanders struggle with the economic impact of the coronavirus Comptroller Peter Franchot has decided to delay the collection of some business taxes and withholding - Part One.

Franchot says that his decision comes with some frustration at the lack of action by both federal and state officials - Part Two.

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Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot is calling for a state stimulus in the wake of the economic damage of the coronavirus pandemic. His call comes after some improvement in revenue projections, but he told Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush there is still too much suffering - especially for low income families.

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Former Senator and Congressman Paul Sarbanes has died at the age of 87. His first national moment on the political stage came when he drew up an article of impeachment against then President Richard Nixon. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot about the late senator's legacy.

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Shop Local. That's the word from Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot who is urging holiday shoppers to help out their local businesses who have been hit by the economic downturn from the coronavirus pandemic.  Franchot told Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush that he saw this as a citizen effort to help out now that the federal stimulus package has essentially run out.

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The election of Joe Biden to the presidency and the defeat of Donald Trump caused many Democrats to celebrate. Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot, who is expected to run for governor, tells Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush that he hopes there will be more bipartisanship on Capitol Hill.

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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced yesterday that the state would provide $250 million in financial assistance to small businesses as they struggle with the impact of the coronavirus. Comptroller Peter Franchot has been urging the governor to provide $500 million in such relief. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Franchot about what he would like to see before the governor made his announcement.

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There may be a slight bump in Maryland state revenues, but Comptroller Peter Franchot tells Delmarva Public Media' s Don Rush that he worries about what might happen to small businesses and others if additional financial assistance is not provided. (Part 2)

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Maryland state revenues are up. But, Comptroller Peter Franchot urges caution as the governor and state lawmakers ponder what to do with the windfall. (Part 1)

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Maryland wrapped up its fiscal year in June with $585 million in unallocated funds. And, Comptroler Peter Franchot told Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush that he would like to see that go to help small businesses. But, over all, he adds, the state still faces an uncertain financial future.

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Washington's football team is now contemplating what name to choose to replace The Redskins. After years of resistance corporate pressure along with the nationwide protests over  the death of George Floyd has finally moved the team's owner Daniel Snyder to act. Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot, who is looking at a run for governor, says it is about time.

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It's tax time for Marylanders. Comptroller Peter Franchot delayed the filing deadline to July 15th with the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with the comptroller as they hurry to get their taxes filed.

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The Talbot Boys, a statue of a Confederate soldier has been controversial in recent years with efforts by some in the community to have it removed. Now, Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot, who has announced his intention to run for governor, told Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush that he would like to see it removed.

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The large demonstrations that have gone on for more than two weeks now over the death of George Floyd who died after a white officer placed a knee on his neck. And, many political figures have joined those protest. Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot who has announced his intention to run for governor talked with Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush about his reaction to Floyd's death and movement that it has created.

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The Maryland Comptroller's office is reaching out to residents who may very well have unclaimed property.
The 180-page list will be run in 30 newspapers with accounts worth nearly $64 million. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush talks with Comptroller Peter Franchot about this effort as well as his reaction to Governor Larry Hogan's decision to partially reopen restaurants.

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Maryland Comtproller Peter Franchot has called for a partial reopening of restaurants as the state begins easing restrictions that have resulted from the coronavirus pandemic.

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The coronavirus pandemic and the accompanying economic downturn has cut deeply into Maryland state revenues. Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot told Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush that by 2022 it could cut into the state budget by as much as $2.6 billion to $4 billion depending on its severity.

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Most of us would have filed our Maryland tax returns by now. But the deadline has been pushed back to July. State Comptroller Peter Franchot says he hopes this will give residents and businesses some breathing room during the coroavirus pandemic.

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Maryland businesses and residents will get a 90-day extension to file their income tax.

There will be no interest or penalty payments if tax forms are filed by July 15th.

WBOC reports that Comptroller Peter Franchot said it was time for residents and businesses to focus on their health and keeping the lights on.

He said that this will keep the cash flowing through the economy and into employee’s bank accounts.

The move follows a similar action announced by the White House.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is ordering the closure of bars, restaurants, gyms and movie theaters across the state in response to coronavirus.

Hogan announced his order would go into effect Monday at 5 p.m.

Hogan says drive-thru, carryout and delivery service will still be allowed.

Hogan also announced a prohibition on social, community, recreational or religious gatherings of more than 50 people in close proximity.

He also says the state is planning to make up to 6,000 more hospital beds available.

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Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot is warning to expect a decline in economic activity in the state over the coming months due to the impact of the coronavirus. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with the Comptroller about the outlook.

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Disposable flavored electronic cigarettes are disappearing from Maryland store shelves. It comes at the order of Comptroller Peter Franchot who denounced the product as a danger to young people. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with the Comptroller about his move against the electronic cigarette industry.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland official who regulates tobacco is announcing a ban on disposable flavored electronic cigarettes in the state.

Comptroller Peter Franchot said Monday federal regulations that took effect last week don't cover flavored disposable e-cigarettes that are popular among children.

He says he's directed his Field Enforcement Division to take more aggressive action by prohibiting the sale of disposable electronic smoking devices with flavors other than tobacco or menthol.

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It’s tax season.

And the Maryland Comptroller’s office is now processing personal returns.

The office began the processing earlier this week.

Comptroller Peter Franchot says, “We process more than 3 million tax returns. We give almost $3 billion in refunds back to Marylanders. So we encourage everyone who believes they are owed a refund to file early electronically.”

Franchot also boasts of his revamped website which he says makes filing much easier.

In addition, he also warns against scams that would steal your return.

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Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot has launched his bid to become governor in the 2022 election. However, he also butted heads with the previous Democratic Legislative leadership and has had a close working relationship with Republican Governor Larry Hogan. We caught up with Franchot during a visit the Eastern Shore last week to talk about his candidacy and the obstacles ahead.

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