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By PHILLIP MCGOWAN and PHILLIP MCGOWAN,SUN REPORTER | May 3, 2006
Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens, who has been hinting at a congressional bid for months and recently bought a new home that makes her a resident of Maryland's 3rd Congressional District, now says she is also considering a run for state comptroller. Owens, 62, has long stated her interest in the state office - but only if the incumbent, fellow Democrat William Donald Schaefer, decided against running for a third term. A two-term county executive who cannot seek re-election, Owens has concentrated for months on pursuing a congressional seat that will be vacated by Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin, a Baltimore County Democrat who is running for U.S. Senate.
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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.
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By Fred Rasmussen and Caitlin Francke and Fred Rasmussen and Caitlin Francke,SUN STAFF | April 21, 1996
Hazel H. Goldstein, a Calvert County lawyer and the wife of state Comptroller Louis L. Goldstein, died yesterday morning of cardiac arrest at Calvert Memorial Hospital in Prince Frederick. She was 79.As the longest-running political wife in Maryland's history and perhaps the most famous, Mrs. Goldstein was known throughout the state as her husband's "wife Hazel," the subject of numerous stories in which Mr. Goldstein would evoke her name to address a particular issue.Mr. Goldstein yesterday remembered his wife of 48 years as his sweetheart, his law partner and his business partner.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | October 23, 2013
When Amazon.com opens a huge distribution center next year in Southeast Baltimore, consumers across the state who buy books, electronics, toys or anything else from the online seller will no longer be able to avoid the state's 6 percent sales tax. Consumers might not like it, but that's just fine with many retailers in Maryland, who say the online giant enjoyed that competitive advantage for too long. Seattle-based Amazon announced plans Tuesday to open a 1 million-square-foot warehouse that will employ 1,000 full-time workers at the site of the former General Motors plan on Broening Highway, a move welcomed by city and state officials.
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By John W. Frece and John W. Frece,Annapolis Bureau of The Sun C. Fraser Smith of The Sun's metropolitan staff contributed to this article | October 22, 1990
After days of introducing himself to voters at the Maryland State Fair, the Republican Party's candidate for state comptroller buttonholed a potential backer and reminded him to be sure to vote for Larry M. Epstein on Nov. 6."Oh, yeah, I always vote for Louis Epstein," the voter replied, apparently confusing Larry Epstein with the similar sounding name of his much better-known opponent, eight-term Democratic Comptroller Louis L. Goldstein.It is hard enough for a challenger to unseat an incumbent, but Mr. Epstein, a 42-year-old political novice, is up against the closest thing in Maryland to a political colossus.
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January 27, 1999
MARYLAND has never had an activist state comptroller before. It does now.On Monday, William Donald Schaefer, the former two-term governor and four-term Baltimore mayor, was sworn in as state comptroller before a giant crowd in the House of Delegates chambers. Today, he begins what should be a fascinating cohabitation in the Annapolis power structure with his successor as chief executive, Gov. Parris N. Glendening.Yes, the weekly Board of Public Works meetings should be lively with two governors on the three-member panel.
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By Tim Craig and Tim Craig,SUN STAFF | July 31, 2002
In a decisive show of support, most of Maryland's elected Democratic leaders endorsed state Comptroller William Donald Schaefer's bid for re-election yesterday. Schaefer, 80, is seeking a second term, but Secretary of State John T. Willis is challenging him for the Democratic nomination in the September primary. About a dozen elected officials - including both of the state's U.S. senators, the leaders of the General Assembly and several Democratic county executives - spoke at a breakfast rally in Baltimore yesterday and declared they are supporting Schaefer.
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July 4, 1998
WHAT CAN you write about Louis L. Goldstein that hasn't been recorded numerous times during his 60-year career in public service?He was truly a legend in his own time, the best-known and best-liked Maryland politician of the last four decades.Call him "Mr. Maryland." Or as one speaker put it at a fund-raiser last year, our "state fossil." Up until his death last night at age 85, Mr. Goldstein could -- and did -- run lesser-aged politicians ragged on the campaign trail and in the hallways of state government.
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By Gary Dorsey and Gary Dorsey,SUN STAFF | October 15, 1999
State Comptroller William Donald Schaefer, who has increasingly been hobbled by bad knees, underwent joint replacement surgery yesterday at Kernan Hospital.The former governor had surgery on his right knee to address what had become a debilitating problem with osteoarthritis. His surgeon, Dr. Claude Moorman, a University of Maryland orthopedist and head physician for the Baltimore Ravens, said the left knee also needs to be replaced and may be operated on in the next year.Schaefer, 77, will spend three days in a post-surgical unit at the hospital to convalesce and then spend the next week in therapy in a rehabilitation area there named in his honor in 1996.
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By DAVID NITKIN and DAVID NITKIN,SUN REPORTER | November 11, 2005
Del. Peter Franchot, a Montgomery County Democrat and outspoken critic of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., is scheduled to announce his candidacy tomorrow for state comptroller in 2006. Franchot, 57, plans to challenge incumbent William Donald Schaefer, 84, in the Democratic primary. The longtime former Baltimore mayor and governor is a reliable vote-getter who has alienated many members of his party's left wing through support of the Republican governor and recent comments critical of non-English speakers and the state's minority business program.
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BALTIMORE SUN MEDIA GROUP | April 3, 2013
Harford County Del. Mary-Dulany James said Tuesday she received a pledge from the state comptroller he will not to penalize businesses who have become victims of alleged financial fraud by a the Bel Air payroll company Accu-Pay. Accu-Pay is being investigated for collecting payroll taxes but allegedly not directing those taxes to the state and federal governments, according to prior news reports by The Aegis and The Baltimore Sun . After hearing from a large number of her constituents concerned that back taxes unpaid by the payroll company would be pursued for collection by the State of Maryland, James said in a news release she has been working with numerous state officials, including Comptroller Peter Franchot, to potential victims are protected from further financial burden.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | December 23, 2012
Robert Shipley Auerbach, one of the founding members of the Maryland Green Party and the party's three-time nominee for the U.S. House of Representatives, died Dec. 12 from injuries suffered in a hit-and-run accident that evening in Greenbelt. He was 92. Born in New York City in 1919, Mr. Auerbach became involved in politics, particularly election reform, in the 1930s. He was active in such groups as the Congress of Racial Equality and the War Resisters League. Mr. Auerbach moved to Greenbelt, where he ran for City Council, more than 50 years ago. A founder of the Green Party's Maryland affiliate, he was nominated for the state's 5th District seat, for the third time, this year.
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By Erin Cox | December 20, 2012
If any bureaucratic hurdles remain to implementing same-sex marriage, Gov. Martin O'Malley wants them identified and resolved quickly. The governor sent a directive to his cabinet Thursday requesting all state agencies "work expeditiously" to give equal marriage rights to same-sex couples in Maryland.  "Many areas of Maryland law address marital status - including insurance, taxes, governmental benefits, and property - and many State...
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2011
The Baltmore County Register of Wills has tightened up procedures in response to a state audit that found that during a three-year period it did not report all estates valued at greater than $1 million to the office of the state comptroller, as required by law. The law is intended to help the comptroller to identify estates that should file a state tax return. In a report released Monday, the state Office of Legislative Audits found that in five cases the county register counted the estate's probate assets only, failing to add these to non-probate assets to arrive at a gross value to report to the Comptroller.
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April 21, 2011
Like most Marylanders, I'm deeply saddened by the death of Gov. William Donald Schaefer. He and I were both "freshmen'" in Annapolis in 1987, when he became governor after 15 years as one of America's most acclaimed mayors and I was a first-time state delegate. What I saw from the first day through his final tenure as state comptroller 20 years later was a man totally devoted to public service who understood that he had the power and responsibility to change government for the benefit of ordinary people.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen | April 2, 2010
Philip G. Martin, who spent nearly four decades in the computer industry and had been data processing chief for the state comptroller's office, died March 19 of complications from muscular dystrophy at his Pasadena home. He was 77. Mr. Martin, the son of farmers, was born and raised in Quinter, Kan. He attended a one-room school in the rural west Kansas farming community and earned a bachelor's degree in music education in 1954 from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kan. Mr. Martin taught music education in Texas for a year before enlisting in 1956 in the Army, where he received computer training.
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By LYNN ANDERSON and LYNN ANDERSON,SUN REPORTER | January 31, 2006
Upset by a recent report that showed that Maryland was missing out on millions of dollars in uncollected tax revenue as a result of illegal video gambling, a Montgomery County lawmaker and candidate for state comptroller announced yesterday that he will introduce legislation to improve regulation of the industry. "What we are faced with here is honest businesses have to pay their taxes but those with illegal machines are allowed to slide by," said Del. Peter Franchot, a Democrat from Takoma Park who has announced that he will run against Comptroller William Donald Schaefer.
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By David Nitkin and David Nitkin,SUN STAFF | August 26, 2005
As the regional economy chugs forward, the state of Maryland finished the past budget year with a $1.2 billion surplus, according to figures released by Comptroller William Donald Schaefer yesterday. The final accounting for the 2005 fiscal year, which ended June 30, provides the governor and state lawmakers with the best news they've had since taking office in January 2003. At the time, a financial downturn prompted a state hiring freeze and some program cuts. Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s office reaffirmed yesterday that he hoped to return some money to Marylanders through a tax reduction.
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March 27, 2010
An 18-year-old Baltimore County man is seeking the Republican nomination for comptroller. Brendan Madigan said he filed last week after considering a run for more than a year. Madigan said he could not "stand on the sidelines" while Maryland is run "into the ground." The Sparks resident said his campaign will focus on ending the "tax-and-spend mentality of those in Annapolis." Madigan served as the Baltimore County coordinator for Ron Paul's Campaign for Liberty and recently founded the blog GOP Resurgence.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,mary.gail.hare@baltsun.com | July 7, 2009
Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Jr. on Monday ruled out running for state comptroller next year, but gave no indication what he would do after his term expires 18 months from now. Smith, a Democrat, cannot seek re-election, and had been widely expected to oppose the incumbent comptroller, Peter Franchot, in the Democratic primary. He acknowledged to The Baltimore Sun in May that he was looking closely at statewide offices for a possible run. He has been traveling the state and building a campaign chest; finance reports show he raised more than $1 million during the four-year election cycle that began in January 2007.
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