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December 26, 2011
Did we miss the press release announcing that Peter Franchot had joined the tea party? The comptroller certainly sounded like he'd gone over to the side of anti-government activism Monday when he cast the lone vote against a proposal at the Maryland Capital Debt Affordability Committee to accelerate some of the state's planned borrowing in hopes of spurring the economy through infrastructure spending. The Montgomery County Democrat opined that attempting to create jobs through such public works was "failed policy," adding, "Let the private sector create jobs.
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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.
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April 28, 2008
At least Franchot listens to parents Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Jr.'s attack on state Comptroller Peter Franchot was an insult not just to the comptroller but to thousands of Towson-area families ("Franchot joins school fray," April 24). The verbal assault he launched through a spokeswoman only shows how incredibly out of touch Mr. Smith is regarding Towson's overcrowded schools. The group I lead, Towson Families United, invited Mr. Franchot to visit because the county executive has so far refused to step up to the plate and fund a new elementary school in Towson.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | April 22, 2012
We think we know what Peter Franchot will be next year for Halloween. Just a guess, but Maryland's Comptroller seems to have a bit of an Indiana Jones fantasy -- one that he lived out Sunday morning in a weighty special section delivered with The Baltimore Sun. The 184-page publication features a grinning Franchot on the cover, trying to look as Harrison Ford-y as possible. There's the Indiana Jones whip in one hand, what looks to be an artificact in the other and atop his head, of course, is the archeologist's signature fedora.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,Sun reporter | October 10, 2007
State Comptroller Peter Franchot has agreed to cull state income tax records to identify Howard County families who might qualify for health care assistance and then send them letters offering help, county officials said yesterday. "Who knows better than the state comptroller who is making less than 300 percent of [the federal] poverty [level]?" asked Dr. Peter L. Beilenson, the county health officer, referring to the income cutoff to qualify for federally funded health care programs for children.
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By Bradley Olson and Bradley Olson,Sun reporter | April 14, 2008
A rift has developed over Comptroller Peter Franchot's role in the campaign against legalizing slot machines in Maryland, with some in the anti-gambling coalition unsure whether his high political profile will help or hurt the effort. It is a problem that both sides face as the multimillion-dollar campaign takes shape in the months leading to November's referendum on legalized gambling. Gov. Martin O'Malley acknowledged recently that his ability to enact his agenda over the coming years is strongly tied to the passage of the slots referendum, and he said he will campaign for it. The prospect that the public face of the anti-slots campaign could be Franchot, who has frequently clashed with the governor, has already led to Annapolis buzz that the vote could shape up as a quasi- gubernatorial primary between the two Democrats, a perception that could inject the issue of conflicting loyalties into the debate.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | March 13, 2012
Democratic House candidate John Delaney secured the support of state comptroller Peter Franchot on Tuesday, the latest in a series of high-profile endorsements for the Potomac businessman in his bid for the nomination in Maryland's 6th Congressional District. Franchot arrived at Delaney's campaign headquarters in Gaithersburg to deliver the news to several dozen volunteers and prominent Democrats, including former Montgomery County executive Doug Duncan, who has long backed Delaney in the race.
NEWS
June 21, 2007
Treasury to intercept taxes from vendors State and federal contractors have a new reason not to fall behind on their taxes: Their next payment for government work could be garnished. The state has started working with the U.S. Treasury Department to collect back taxes from companies that do business with the government, Comptroller Peter Franchot said yesterday. Under the reciprocal program, the state intercepts federal vendor payments and takes the amount owed in taxes before the rest of the payment is passed on to the company; the federal government does the same with state contract payments to collect federal taxes owed.
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By Stephanie Desmon and Sun Reporter | September 14, 2006
For the first time in more than 50 years, William Donald Schaefer - Baltimore's legendary mayor, two-term governor and state comptroller - conceded defeat yesterday. "The best man won," he told reporters gathered in Annapolis after he learned midmorning that Montgomery County Del. Peter Franchot had bested him in the Democratic primary. "I would have liked to have won. " Schaefer, 84, acknowledged his loss in a performance that was at turns playful, sarcastic, bitter and silly - everything Marylanders have come to expect from the defiantly proud Baltimorean who first won election to the City Council in 1955.
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By Andrew A. Green and David Nitkin and Andrew A. Green and David Nitkin,SUN STAFF | November 23, 2004
IT'S BECOME routine for Comptroller William Donald Schaefer to complain in jest that his frequent ally, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., is too nice. But the refrain had some bite when Schaefer used his opening monologue at last week's Board of Public Works meeting to berate the governor for being too nice to the General Motors executives who had flown into town the day before to announce the closing of their Baltimore plant. He said Ehrlich should have been tougher on GM, should have insisted the plant stay open, and, if he failed, should have had an immediate plan for what to do with the land and how to help the workers.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | March 13, 2012
Democratic House candidate John Delaney secured the support of state comptroller Peter Franchot on Tuesday, the latest in a series of high-profile endorsements for the Potomac businessman in his bid for the nomination in Maryland's 6th Congressional District. Franchot arrived at Delaney's campaign headquarters in Gaithersburg to deliver the news to several dozen volunteers and prominent Democrats, including former Montgomery County executive Doug Duncan, who has long backed Delaney in the race.
NEWS
December 26, 2011
Did we miss the press release announcing that Peter Franchot had joined the tea party? The comptroller certainly sounded like he'd gone over to the side of anti-government activism Monday when he cast the lone vote against a proposal at the Maryland Capital Debt Affordability Committee to accelerate some of the state's planned borrowing in hopes of spurring the economy through infrastructure spending. The Montgomery County Democrat opined that attempting to create jobs through such public works was "failed policy," adding, "Let the private sector create jobs.
NEWS
May 15, 2009
The news that fewer millionaires have filed tax returns in Maryland so far this year has produced the predictable response: the claim that we've taxed our wealthiest citizens right out of the state. Conservatives - and some liberals from wealthy Montgomery County - warned us that this would happen when Gov. Martin O'Malley proposed higher income taxes for top earners in 2007, and they did it again when he and the legislature approved a temporary "millionaires tax" in 2008. To hear them talk, you'd think Potomac and Chevy Chase are ghost towns and that tumbleweeds are rolling down the stately lawns of Guilford.
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By Gadi Dechter and Gadi Dechter,SUN REPORTER | August 21, 2008
The Board of Public Works approved two waterfront development proposals yesterday over the objections of environmental activists in Talbot and St. Mary's counties, though Gov. Martin O'Malley issued sharp rebukes to state officials for their handling of community relations. The board - consisting of O'Malley, State Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot - voted unanimously to approve a wetlands license needed for the development of a 30-slip "community marina" at a major new residential development in Easton.
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By Laura Smitherman and Laura Smitherman,Sun reporter | August 7, 2008
Before Gov. Martin O'Malley gavels the Board of Public Works to order, he and Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp regularly meet outside the public's view in a separate conference room. These days the third board member - Comptroller Peter Franchot - is conspicuously absent. That's because Franchot thinks the meetings are illegal. The so-called "pre-meetings," a tradition in Annapolis dating to at least the 1970s, are a chance for board members to go over the agenda and to catch up on their personal lives.
NEWS
April 28, 2008
At least Franchot listens to parents Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Jr.'s attack on state Comptroller Peter Franchot was an insult not just to the comptroller but to thousands of Towson-area families ("Franchot joins school fray," April 24). The verbal assault he launched through a spokeswoman only shows how incredibly out of touch Mr. Smith is regarding Towson's overcrowded schools. The group I lead, Towson Families United, invited Mr. Franchot to visit because the county executive has so far refused to step up to the plate and fund a new elementary school in Towson.
NEWS
By C. Fraser Smith | December 3, 2006
You want something big in politics? You have to take big risks. You have to be willing to know that people are laughing at you and avoiding your fundraising calls because they think you're delusional. This year's exemplar of the implausibly bold would be Del. Peter Franchot of Montgomery County, who thought he could topple one of Maryland's political icons, William Donald Schaefer - a former two-term governor, savior of Baltimore and comptroller. Dream on, people said. But there he was Nov. 8, with more than a million votes and one of Maryland's most important offices.
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By Bradley Olson and Bradley Olson,Sun reporter | April 24, 2008
Comptroller Peter Franchot injected himself into the growing controversy over crowded Baltimore County schools yesterday, calling the situation in the Towson area "unacceptable." "We need an entirely new school" in the area, he said after touring Rodgers Forge Elementary, which is more than 50 percent over its enrollment capacity. "The situation here is one of the worst I've seen in the state. I can't imagine anybody visiting this school" and concluding there wasn't a problem. The comptroller denied his visit had anything to do with politics, but a spokeswoman for County Executive James T. Smith Jr. disagreed.
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By Bradley Olson and Bradley Olson,Sun reporter | April 14, 2008
A rift has developed over Comptroller Peter Franchot's role in the campaign against legalizing slot machines in Maryland, with some in the anti-gambling coalition unsure whether his high political profile will help or hurt the effort. It is a problem that both sides face as the multimillion-dollar campaign takes shape in the months leading to November's referendum on legalized gambling. Gov. Martin O'Malley acknowledged recently that his ability to enact his agenda over the coming years is strongly tied to the passage of the slots referendum, and he said he will campaign for it. The prospect that the public face of the anti-slots campaign could be Franchot, who has frequently clashed with the governor, has already led to Annapolis buzz that the vote could shape up as a quasi- gubernatorial primary between the two Democrats, a perception that could inject the issue of conflicting loyalties into the debate.
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