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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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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot says he's running for governor in 2022. Franchot, a Democrat, confirmed his plan to run in a telephone interview Thursday.

Franchot is in his fourth four-year term as the state's tax collector.

He was re-elected in 2018 with more than 1.6 million votes in the statewide race, or about 72% of the vote.

He says he would govern in a similar way to how he has run the comptoller's office and focus on bringing respect, responsibility and results to taxpayers.

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If you visit the old Maryland tax website it will be looking a bit different.

The Maryland Comptroller’s office announced that it has been redesigned to make it more user friendly especially for mobile devices such as laps tops and tablets.

This range from the latest technological advances and new compliance features to integrated social media to help navigate the site more easily.

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Vaping has become a major concern nationwide with incidents of associated deaths and illnesses. Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot is heading up a taskforce that will eventually provide recommendations to lawmakers in the next legislative session on how to handle its growing use. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with the Comptroller about what might be done about the e-cigarette phenomenon.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Congressman and civil rights champion Elijah Cummings is set to receive a final farewell in his beloved Baltimore.

Former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton are among the scheduled speakers for the funeral Friday at New Psalmist Baptist Church, where Cummings worshipped for nearly four decades.

Bishop Walter S. Thomas Jr., the church's pastor, will deliver the eulogy.

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot will be attending the Baltimore service.

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Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot says he is creating a task force to look at the health risks from electronic cigarettes.

The state health department says there have been 38 deaths associated with lung injury related to vaping.

Franchot says little is known about the effects… calling it a Wild West situation.

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Last Friday’s backup on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge caused by deck work on the west bound span drew the skeptical eyes of the Maryland Board of Public Works.

It was the kick off of a $27 million construction project that could take two years to complete.

With travelers stuck in traffic that reached back 12 miles on Route 50 toll fees were suspended to ease the flow of traffic.

But Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot grilled Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn as to the lack of planning as a result of the deck work.

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The Maryland Comptroller’s office has a new study which find that starting school after Labor Day generates significant additional economic activity.

The study found that the net economic impact for the additional six days of summer brought in $58 million dollars.

But the benefit could jump to $115 million for 12 days depending when Labor Day falls on the calendar.

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A battle has broken out between Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver and Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot.

Culver sent a letter to state Senate President Mike Miller charging that the alcohol license approved by the Comptroller’s office for the National Folk Festival in Salisbury was illegal.

Specifically, the county executive said that decision should have been left to the local alcohol commission.

In addition, he wrote that the comptroller’s nonprofit beer and wine festival permits were not proper.

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The September 15th deadline looms for those struggling with student debt to get some relief from Maryland.

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot says the Student Loan Debt Relief Tax Credit is open to any state resident who has at least $5-thousand to pay on their student loans.

He said, “This is a new program and it’s obviously not a cure all. But it’s something that says the state of Maryland wants young people to know who have a lot of college debt that we’re on their side and we’d like to help them out.”

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Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot has called for taking strong action against white supremacists and other hate groups as he reacts to the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush talked with the Democrat about his reaction to the latest shootings and the president's rhetoric that has been widely criticized.

 Wilmington Night Out in Wake of Shootings

Those that gathered for Wilmington National Night Out did so in the wake of the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton leaving 31 dead.

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Maryland passes the $1 billion mark for money paid out under the Unclaimed Property program. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Comptroller Peter Franchot about how residents may pick up some of that money.