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Maryland delegate to get $427K to preserve farm

Franchot criticizes state’s payment to Beitzel for preservation easement

ANNAPOLIS — The state will pay a Western Maryland lawmaker $427,000 to preserve his Garrett County farm under a conservation deal that has drawn sharp criticism from a top state official. Del. Wendell R. Beitzel defended his participation in the Rural Legacy Program, but Comptroller Peter Franchot said the Beitzel deal “stuck out like a sore ...

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