Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Gaithersburg mayor Sidney A. Katz and City Council Vice President Ryan Spiegel helped distribute loaves of bread at Manna Food Center on Tuesday, Sept. 11.
Local and state officials visited Gaithersburg's Manna Food Center Tuesday, Sept. 11 for a tour of the facility and to help distribute food to clients. Attending officials included Gaithersburg mayor Sidney A. Katz, Gaithersburg City Council Vice President Ryan Spiegel, Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot, Del. Craig J. Zucker (D-14) and Montgomery County Board of Education District 2 candidate Rebecca Smondrowski.
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. …
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 …
Thursday, April 19, 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 …
Friday, January 27, 2012
State and local agencies offered some free tax advice this morning in Gaithersburg.
It's official, tax season is upon us. Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot visited Family Services, Inc. in Gaithersburg this morning to encourage taxpayers to use all the resources available to them when they file their taxes, including the Earned Income Tax Credit, or EITC. "The EITC is an effective anti-poverty tool," Franchot said. "It helps people move up the economic ladder." Franchot was joined by Gaithersburg Mayor Sidney Katz, Family Services, Inc. Executive Director Thomas Harr and Melvin Hardy, the IRS Territory Manager for Maryland. Together they encouraged Maryland residents to use the Montgomery County Community Action Agency's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program to help get the maximum return on their taxes through…
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Peter Franchot tours Kentlands, meets voters a week before Nov. 2 elections.
It's not everyday that a member of the State House walks through the doors of the Star Diner in the Kentlands to say hello to customers finishing up brunch or just starting on lunch. On Tuesday morning, that's exactly what Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot did. "It was a really nice surprise," said Sharon Kobrin, manager and co-owner of the Star Diner. "It's nice to be able to put a face to the name of where we send our checks." Franchot stopped by Gaithersburg as part of a final countywide tour before the general elections on November 2nd. During a 45-minute tour of the Kentlands that made stops everywhere from Wine Harvest to Starbucks to PetSmart, Franchot met voters and listened to their concerns, mainly with the economy. "I have …