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May 15, 2012
She says they go through the bureau of treasury management.  I don't understand why they would bypass the BOE though.    I'm in the comptroller's office.  They're saying they have no records pertaining to Grant Capital Management because those contracts do not go before the Board of Estimates. Ugh.  
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Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
The robust flavor of Heavy Seas Beer's Plank III -- the Belgian-style Trippel recently named "Best of Show: Best Overall Maryland Beer" by the Brewers Association of Maryland at the Comptroller's Cup competition -- comes from a pimento tree.  “It's the wood that they use in Jamaica to smoke or cook jerk chicken or jerk goat,” said brewmaster Christopher Leonard on Wednesday. “Nobody has made beer with this wood before, as far as we know.” It was a risk of Heavy Seas to use the foreign wood in its beer-aging process, but on Saturday at the Maryland Brewers' Harvest event in Fells Point, it paid off. Out of 192 entries from 23 state breweries, Plank III was named the top Maryland beer of the year.
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NEWS
October 28, 1990
Democrat Louis L. Goldstein, a Maryland institution, has been comptroller since 1958. This longevity gives the revenue office stability and expertise. Mr. Goldstein runs an efficient shop and has kept a close eye on tax receipts, pension-fund investments and Board of Public Works activity. Republican nominee Larry M. Epstein is a spirited challenger but hasn't found any major chinks in Mr. Goldstein's formidable armor. We endorse Comptroller Goldstein's bid for a ninth term.
NEWS
By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2014
A task force assigned to study a post-Labor Day start date for Maryland schools will recommend to Gov. Martin O'Malley that the summer break be extended, a measure that has been embraced by one Eastern Shore school district but opposed by most of the state's superintendents. State officials said that a task force, convened by the Maryland General Assembly last year to study the issue, voted 11-4 this week to recommend that schools open after Labor Day, a move that has been championed by Comptroller Peter Franchot for its economic benefits to local businesses and the state's tourism industry.
NEWS
October 29, 1991
With the retirement of Hyman Pressman this year, the Democratic primary for comptroller became one of the city's most hotly contested elections. The winner of that race, Jacqueline McLean, is a businesswoman and two-term City Council member from the 2nd District who is well qualified to perform the independent oversight role which the job demands. We do not hesitate to endorse her over her Republican opponent, Marshall W. Jones Jr., a local funeral director.
NEWS
July 24, 1995
The last two comptrollers elected by Baltimoreans provided persuasive ammunition for people who argued the city would be better off without the position. But the office was a good idea in 1857 when Mayor Thomas Swann first created the comptroller's post, and it's a good idea now.The comptroller reviews every contract and lease that comes before the Board of Estimates and chairs city pension boards. That person must guard against questionable spending or investments that might otherwise be based on political favoritism.
NEWS
July 29, 1995
It's been a long time since someone who deserved the confidence of the people was elected city comptroller. Hyman Pressman was popular. But before the self-proclaimed "watchdog" ended his 28 years in that post, he was sick and not even going through the motions of fulfilling his responsibilities. Even before Mr. Pressman's health failed, serious questions were raised about his performance.During the 1987 election, challenger Thomas J.S. Waxter Jr. chided Mr. Pressman for not being vigilant enough to prevent the embezzlement of $1.1 million in city funds by John D. Callan, deputy director of the Neighborhood Progress Administration.
NEWS
By William F. Zorzi Jr. and William F. Zorzi Jr.,Sun Staff Writer | March 2, 1994
Rockville lawyer James B. Moorhead kicked off his campaign for Maryland comptroller yesterday with a broadside attack on Louis L. Goldstein, the nine-term incumbent he will face in the September Democratic primary.Resurrecting old news accounts of Mr. Goldstein's lucrative real estate deals, Mr. Moorhead charged that the comptroller has "used his office to enrich himself, making millions of dollars since he was elected in 1958."Mr. Moorhead, 40, a former federal prosecutor and first-time office-seeker, then called on Mr. Goldstein to place his personal financial holdings in a blind trust to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest.
NEWS
September 6, 1991
After 28 years of electing Hyman Pressman as comptroller, Baltimore city voters now find themselves having to take a fresh look at an office many of them have taken for granted. Until age and declining health slowed him down, Pressman's antics gave the post of comptroller a colorful flavor. His retirement, however, is a good opportunity to re-examine the office and its important role in city government. And in an otherwise rather lackluster election year, the controller's race is one of the few contests that is actually generating some excitement.
NEWS
August 24, 1994
From time to time, voters decide that the best cure for government's ills is to throw the rascals out. Many politicians have weathered episodes of anti-incumbency, but few have been as successful at rising above it all as Maryland's Comptroller of the Treasury, Louis L. Goldstein. After nine terms -- 36 years -- in the office, Mr. Goldstein is now asking Democratic voters to nominate him for one more term. They should.Mr. Goldstein is 81, and some suggest his legendary energy is lagging a bit. But there is no evidence that he does not remain in firm control of his office, or that his vigilance in his various duties has slipped.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | May 11, 2014
Ober S. Herr Jr., a retired Carroll County banker and community activist, died Thursday of renal failure at his Westminster home. He was 87. Ober Samuel Herr Jr. was born and raised in Westminster, where he grew up in a home on Ridge Road. He was a grandson of William Roberts McDaniel, who had spent 65 years at Western Maryland College as a student, professor, administrator and trustee. In 2002, college trustees changed the name to McDaniel College in his honor. Mr. Ober was a 1944 graduate of Westminster High School and interrupted his college education at Western Maryland College to enlist in 1945 in the Navy, where he served as an aviation machinist's mate.
NEWS
By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | April 23, 2014
The drama over Baltimore's dysfunctional phone system began its next act Wednesday, with the city authorizing a private attorney to defend Comptroller Joan M. Pratt amid an ethics investigation — and Pratt leveling more accusations that the Rawlings-Blake administration is wasting taxpayer dollars through inaction. The Board of Estimates approved $2,000 for Pratt to hire an attorney as the city's ethics board investigates whether she should have accepted free legal work from Orioles owner Peter G. Angelos' law firm in 2012, when she sued the administration alleging illegal practices.
NEWS
By Jon Meoli, jmeoli@tribune.com | February 12, 2014
Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Dallas Dance faced questions last week from the Baltimore County Planning Board and Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot regarding the controversial central area elementary school construction plan. "The reason we're asking the questions is before the county and state spend $31 million when all we're hearing is community upset about the scenario, we want to make sure we've explored every option for spending the right way," said Scott Jenkins, a member of the Baltimore County Planning Board.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | February 7, 2014
The state comptroller's office says Baltimore-based Constellation Energy owes more than $2.5 million in back taxes, interest and penalties. The comptroller's office filed a lien in December for money it says the energy company owes for the 2006 and 2008 tax years. Most of the amount is interest - the taxes claimed come to just under $440,000. "It hasn't been paid, and this is part of our normal process, to file a lien," said Christine Feldmann, a spokeswoman for the comptroller's office.
ENTERTAINMENT
Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | October 29, 2013
Every now and again, Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot will dash off a Certificate of Recognition for a meritorious Maryland business.  Today, Franchot is scheduled to stop by Koco's Pub up on Harford Road where he'll be presenting one of those certificates to Koco's owners John and Joanna Kocovinos and their daughter Marcella Knight. The certificate will recognize Koco's "for its reputation as a wonderful, neighborhood gathering place, its welcoming and friendly atmosphere, its award-winning Koco's Crab Cake -- made with a secret family recipe -- and award-winning chicken wings," according to a media alert from the comptroller's office.
NEWS
By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2013
Chronic mistakes in Baltimore's tax bills commanded attention at City Hall Monday as the mayor said her administration is fixing the problems and the comptroller ordered an audit nonetheless. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said the city is implementing an automated system to reduce mistakes - which officials acknowledged have cost the city $11 million in the past decade - and she asked citizens to give finance officials "a chance to work. " But a City Council chairman called for an audit, and Comptroller Joan M. Pratt said her office has asked for the documents needed to perform one. "I want to make sure the citizens are being billed properly," Pratt said.
NEWS
By Michael A. Fletcher and Michael A. Fletcher,Staff Writer | December 18, 1993
The Baltimore comptroller's office should be stripped of its power over city real estate transactions and the purchase of insurance, according to a commission studying the structure of city government.The proposal, offered in a draft report of a panel that has been studying the city charter for nearly three years, would limit the comptroller's role in city government mainly to the oversight of city audits.The recommendations come as Comptroller Jacqueline F. McLean is under fire for setting up a city contract that resulted in $15,000 being sent to the address of her sister's hair salon for public relations work that apparently was never done.
HEALTH
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2013
Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot and the Maryland Health Care For All Coalition are encouraging small businesses in Anne Arundel County to use federal tax credits available through the Affordable Care Act to cover some of the costs of providing employee health insurance. Franchot will kick off a campaign Thursday to reach more than 5,000 of the county's businesses through mailings. The health reform law requires businesses with 50 or more employees to offer health insurance by Jan. 1, 2015, but businesses with fewer than 50 workers are not required to offer insurance.
NEWS
August 19, 2013
Between Egypt and disgraced politicians, August has proven itself a more robust month for news than usual this year, yet there's always room in the summer doldrums for the wacky and off-beat. And for generations, few individuals have proven themselves better suited to provide that brand of comic relief than the men who have served as Maryland's comptroller. Whether it was Louis L. Goldstein's tireless campaigning or his cheerful but grammatically-challenged signature send-off, "God bless y'all real good," or even William Donald Schaefer's diatribes against the world or generally bizarre behavior, Maryland comptrollers have a tradition of quirky entertainment.
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