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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland panel will consider Gov. Larry Hogan's proposal to cut $68 million from the state's $43.5 billion budget.

The Baltimore Sun reports that the Board of Public Works will vote on the governor's request on Wednesday.

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With Maryland state elections looming next year Republican Governor Larry Hogan is riding high with an approval rating of over 60 percent in the public opinion polls. In our final segment Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush talked with Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot about the prospects for his Democratic party going int0 2018.

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The nation is still reeling from images of Nazi and Klan flags during the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot said he was appalled at the image and the president's response. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush sat down with the the Comptroller in this first segment to talk about these events.

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It’s Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week when qualifying apparel and footwear that cost $100 or less can be purchased without paying the 6 percent sale tax.

Accessories items are not included.

But the first $40 towards a book bag or backpack is discounted.

The tax free week is aimed at giving parents a break as they prepare their children for going back to school in the fall.

The tax free week ends on Saturday.

Comptroller Peter Franchot will be stopping by Salisbury to give the program a boost.

Beginning Sunday, it’s Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week.

Shoppers can purchase everything from clothing to footwear costing a hundred dollars or less and won’t have to pay the 6 percent state sales tax.

For the first time this year the first $40 for a backpack purchase will be tax free.

On line purchases will also fall under the program if the items are purchased and delivered during tax free week.  

The program runs from Sunday August 13th to the following the Saturday August 19th.

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The state of Maryland will buy a tract 16-hundred acre tract of forest and wetlands in Somerset County.

The narrow decision by the Board of Public Works will mean the state will spend $3.4 million.

It’s located west of Route 13 just north of Princess Anne.

But the Salisbury Daily Times reports it was a narrow 2-to-1 vote with Comptroller Peter Franchot saying that he was not satisfied the land needed to be purchased to preserve it.   

He noted that much of the tract is swamp and is not expected to be developed even within the next hundred years.

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Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot says he’s going to fight a bill that he says puts a knife into the backs of local craft brewers.

The Maryland official was on the Eastern Shore yesterday visiting local craft brewers during the Maryland Municipal League.

The legislation would force local brewers to buy back their own products from wholesalers as well as force them to close their doors as early as 10 p.m.

WBOC reports that Franchot says the measure would cost the Eastern Shore economy billions of dollars each year.

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It is baseball and craft beer.

That’s the theme of the latest efforts by the Maryland Department of Tourism.

Officially called the Maryland Baseball and Brew Scorecard the summertime promotion is aimed at encouraging travel across the state.

The scorecards can be picked up at participating breweries and Maryland Welcome Centers.

And when they are all filled out there are prizes.

Comptroller Peter Franchot says it is a way to celebrate to great Maryland traditions.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland board has approved a large contract for the lottery's central monitoring and control system.

The Board of Public Works voted 2-1 Wednesday for the contract, which could run as high as $341 million over 11 years. Gov. Larry Hogan and Treasurer Nancy Kopp voted for the contract for Scientific Games International. Comptroller Peter Franchot voted against it.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has signed a measure to create greater protections for Maryland taxpayers from tax fraud and identity theft.

It was one of the 207 bills the governor signed on Thursday.

The measure strengthens the ability of the comptroller's office to stop tax fraud, protect taxpayer information and hold fraudulent filers and tax preparers accountable.

Comptroller Peter Franchot says: "It's the missing piece of the puzzle for fighting tax fraud."