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Comptroller Peter Franchot

Oct 21, 2022

Franchot says decision striking Md. digital ad tax shouldn’t be appealed

Maryland's chief tax collector said a decision striking down the state's digital ad tax should not be appealed.

Jun 23, 2022

Franchot calls for removal of inflation link for state gas tax

Maryland should repeal a 2013 law that links automatic gas tax increases to inflation and other factors, according to the state’s top tax collector, who is also a candidate for governor. Maryland is a week away from an 18% increase in the state gas tax based on a formula set in 2013. Comptroller Peter Franchot […]

May 24, 2022

Franchot urges Hogan, lawmakers to hold special session to curb gas tax

Maryland's top tax collector is urging Gov. Larry Hogan and Democratic legislative leaders to call a special session to address the largest gas tax increase in a decade.

Apr 28, 2022

Franchot urges counties, city to reduce local property taxes

Maryland’s top tax collector is calling on local and municipal governments to reduce their property taxes in the coming year. With the close of the General Assembly session, many of the state’s 24 major political subdivisions are finalizing their respective budgets for the coming fiscal year. In part, those budgets will be funded by assessments […]

Oct 20, 2021

Franchot, Hogan clash over issue of police funding

Gov. Larry Hogan and Comptroller Peter Franchot, who often have been allies on the Board of Public Works, are at sharp odds over the governor’s comments last week about police funding. Hogan, in an announcement last week and subsequent fundraising email, described calls to defund or abolish police departments “left-wing lunacy.” Franchot, a Democrat running […]

Jun 23, 2021

Maryland work group questions how COVID-19 pandemic aid was parceled out

Law firms and other professional services received pandemic aid disproportionate to the number of jobs actually lost in those professions, Maryland officials said in an oversight hearing.

Apr 3, 2019

Appellate court upholds dismissal of class action over ‘piggyback tax’

An intermediate appellate court has upheld the dismissal of a $38 million lawsuit filed by a class of Maryland taxpayers who sued the state comptroller after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the state’s “piggyback tax.” The Court of Special Appeals found, in an opinion filed last week, that the taxpayers must exhaust administrative remedies […]

Feb 18, 2019

Ground Up Podcast: Talking ‘bipartisan bro show,’ $15 minimum wage and tax cuts in Annapolis

Bryan P. Sears, The Daily Record’s government reporter, updates us on the Maryland General Assembly’s 2019 session. We talk about Comptroller Peter Franchot fighting with Democratic lawmakers in Annapolis, the cost of school funding, tax cuts and a lot more. Sen. Bill Ferguson also talks about his bill to improve transparency in Opportunity Zone investments.

Jul 19, 2018

$60M expansion, renovation of BWI’s Southwest terminal approved

A request for a $60 million expansion and renovation of the Southwest Airline terminal at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport led to a rare public disagreement between the governor and comptroller on the handling of a controversial change in landing patterns at the airport.

Jul 11, 2018

Franchot blasts prospects of special session for sports betting

Maryland’s top tax collector blasted lawmakers over a potential special session to lay the groundwork for legalized sports betting, saying the prospect of such a meeting is “a big mistake given the election year we’re in.” Comptroller Peter Franchot, a Democrat who has frequently butted heads with legislative leaders of his own party, took to […]

Apr 26, 2018

Hogan, Franchot play greatest hits on latest tour stop

An unsuccessful attempt to unfetter the state's craft brewing industry will return to Annapolis in 2019 "with more bells and whistles,” if Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot has his way.

Mar 19, 2018

Md. House unanimously OKs new sex harassment policy

ANNAPOLIS —  A law creating a new sexual harassment policy in the Maryland General Assembly is headed to the Senate after a unanimous vote Monday. The passage of the bill by a 138-0 comes as both the House and Senate rush to give final approval to bills in their respective chambers in order to give them […]

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