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 …
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Emerging scam uses fradulent email address displaying .mil domain, according to Maryland Comptroller and the IRS.
Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot and the IRS warned residents Tuesday about an emerging scam using fraudulent email accounts targeting military personnel, military retirees and civilian employees. The emails appear to offer up additional funds from the IRS for those receiving disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs. They are sent from the "Defense Finanance and Accounting Services," and even display a .mil email domain. But Franchot and the IRS warned that the emails are a fraud and do not come from a legitimate government email address. “We want to inform every Marylander of this scam,” said Franchot in a statement. “In these tough economic times, unscrupulous people prey on the vulnerabilities of others. While…
Friday, May 25, 2012
Inspections help ensure consumers are buying the type of gas advertised, officials said.
When you head to the gas station to fuel up this holiday weekend, will you be purchasing the type of gas that’s advertised? Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot hopes so. Thursday, ahead of Memorial Day, Franchot joined state field enforcers during a routine inspection of a Bethesda Exxon station near the Westfield Montgomery Mall. State inspectors regularly perform tests at Maryland stations to determine whether the gasoline grade that’s advertised matches the fuel’s octane level, Franchot said. “We want to make sure when someone comes into a gas station in Maryland and pays money for high octane gas, that it is in fact high octane gas,” Franchot told reporters. Of the 2,300 gas stations in Maryland, more than 2,000 have been inspected …
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot says Maryland's families and economy would benefit from a later school year start. Do you agree?
Should public schools open after Labor Day? Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot says they should. Citing the benefits to Maryland families, small businesses and tourism, Franchot called for a policy change to have all school systems in the state begin classes after Labor Day weekend, according to a press release. Most state school systems now begin classes a week to 10 days before the end-of-summer holiday, which takes place this year on Monday, Sept. 3. For the 2012-2013 school year, Montgomery County Public Schools will begin classes on Monday, Aug. 27. Nearby, in Prince George's County, students will begin classes on Monday, Aug. 20. Teachers generally report back to school a week before the students. "The chance for families to spend …
Thursday, January 19, 2012
The state senator from District 21 said he has formed an advisory group of nearly 80 people as he considers a potential run for the office in 2014.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Jim Rosapepe, Democratic State Senator for District 21 and a College Park resident, announced Tuesday that he has formed a team of advisers to prepare for a possible bid for Maryland comptroller in 2014. Rosapepe said he has gathered more than nearly 80 supporters to advise him if current Comptroller Peter Franchot chooses to run for governor. Read more on Odenton Patch.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
There's really no turning back now, with the University of Maryland mansion already demolished. But what do you think of the project anyway?
Buying, building or renovating a campus president’s home is considered a sure way to ignite controversy, The Washington Post reported over the weekend. It has at least ignited questions at the University of Maryland. State officials approved the demolition of the president’s home and campus event center and the rebuilding of it for a cool $7.2 million. What about the athletic teams that could be cut at UMd. because of an athletic budget deficit, Comptroller Peter Franchot asked at the Board of Public Works meeting. It just seems like a bad time for it, he told university officials. Others agree. “The big question that I’ve heard is, ‘Why is the money being used there instead of for athletics?’” Staci Armezzani, a senior criminology and …