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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's top tax collector says his office accidentally misdirected $21.4 million of local income tax payments for years.

In September, auditors reported that the comptroller's office sent $8.7 million to the wrong Montgomery County municipalities. But media outlets report that Comptroller Peter Franchot told lawmakers Wednesday that his office found another $12.7 million has been misdirected since 2010 and the problem affects nearly every municipality in the state.

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Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchnot says the state is facing a potential $1 billion decline in revenue over the next 18 months. As a result, he wants a moratorium on tax increases and tax cuts for the next five years to ease the state through a sluggish economy. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush talked with Franchot about his concerns during an appearance on the campus of Salisbury University.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan signed an executive order Wednesday to start Maryland public schools after Labor Day.

As he stood on the boardwalk in Ocean City Hogan said that this would help extend the tourist season for Marylanders and local businesses.

In addition, he said that it would help schools avoid the hot weather of August – especially for those without air conditioning and would save on energy costs.

The change is set to take effect next year. It requires public schools to complete the 180 days required under state law.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan and Comptroller Peter Franchot will be in Ocean City to make an announcement about the starting date of Maryland schools in future years.

A news conference is scheduled for Wednesday. The governor declined to discuss details about the announcement when asked Tuesday, and a spokesman for the comptroller also wouldn't elaborate. However, both officials have supported starting school after Labor Day.

Franchot released a YouTube video on Monday with Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan talking about the positive aspects of a later school start.

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Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot says Governor Larry Hogan is popular for such a Blue state. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush caught up with the state official after last week's summer conference of the Maryland Association of Counties.

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It's back to school and Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot says it is time to begin the term after Labor Day throughout the state. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush caught up with the Comptroller during last week's summer conference of the Maryland Association of Counties to talk about the idea and down signs for fiscal health of the state.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland has reached a settlement with the family of a Frostburg State University football player who died from a head injury he suffered in practice.

The agenda for the Board of Public Works' meeting set for Wednesday shows Maryland's attorney general is seeking approval for a payment of $50,000 to settle a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of fullback Derek Sheely.

Sheely's parents alleged negligence by three football staff members, the NCAA and others.

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SYKESVILLE, Md. (AP) - Comptroller Peter Franchot is taking a walking tour of Sykesville.

The comptroller's visit on Friday comes after the town was named "Coolest Small Town in America" by Budget Travel magazine.

Franchot will visit several local businesses.

Mayor Ian Shaw, Town Manager Dawn Ashbacher and Economic Development Director Steven Colella will join Franchot at all stops.

It's the second time in three years that a Maryland town has won the magazine's "Coolest Small Town" contest. Berlin on the Eastern Shore won in 2014.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The state of Maryland will be holding a bond sale.

The sale is scheduled for Wednesday in Annapolis during the state's Board of Public Works meeting.

During the competitive sale, bids will be transmitted electronically by underwriting syndicates.

The winning bid will be ratified at the meeting. Final pricing is incorporated in the bond purchasing agreement, which must be approved by the board, which is made up of Gov. Larry Hogan, Treasurer Nancy Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland revenue estimates have been revised down by $51.4 million for fiscal years 2016 and 2017.

The state's Board of Revenue Estimates announced the revisions Wednesday. Officials say the less-than-expected revenue indicates consumers are still being cautious.

Comptroller Peter Franchot says the state continues to see "lackluster growth in wages and minimal growth in high-paying jobs." He says "very weak sales" during the holiday shopping season are part of the reason for the revenue drop off.

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CAMBRIDGE, Md. (AP) - The Eastern Shore Innovation Center is opening.

Comptroller Peter Franchot is scheduled to speak Monday at the facility.

The new 13,500-square-foot facility is designed to spur economic development in the region through high-growth entrepreneurship and innovative practices.

The $2.4 million project was funded by the Maryland Department of Commerce, the Maryland Technology Development Corporation and Dorchester County.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Comptroller Peter Franchot will discuss ongoing efforts to fight tax fraud and identity theft at tax preparation businesses.

Franchot is holding a forum on Friday in Annapolis.

Since the end of January, the comptroller's office has suspended processing of electronic and paper tax returns from 23 Liberty Tax Service franchises and from 14 private tax preparers at 18 locations due to a high volume of questionable returns received.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland has stopped processing tax returns from 16 more Liberty Tax Service franchises over questionable returns.

Comptroller Peter Franchot said in a news release on Tuesday that his office has also suspended processing of returns from three private tax preparers. The comptroller said last week that his office had stopped processing tax returns from seven Liberty franchises.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Comptroller Peter Franchot says Maryland needs to strengthen its laws to fight rising cases of tax fraud.

Franchot said Tuesday he will ask lawmakers in the upcoming session to improve his agency's ability to enforce the tax code and protect taxpayers from identity theft. He says legislation is needed to keep up with "rapidly-increasing fraud schemes and fast-changing threats to sensitive data."

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland board has approved a wetlands license needed to build more than 1,000 homes for senior citizens on Kent Island.

The Board of Public Works voted 2-1 Wednesday for a license needed for the Four Seasons development, a project that has sparked debate for years.

Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford and Treasurer Nancy Kopp voted for it.

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A big crowd that included state and local leaders showed up for the swearing of Salisbury Mayor Jake Day and the newly elected city council members last night at the Cypress Street Fire Station.

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With the terrorist attacks on Paris last week that saw around 130 people killed many others injured many are trying to take in the meaning the events. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with local officials to get their reactions and their concerns.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Comptroller Peter Franchot are urging state residents who paid income taxes in another state between 2011 and 2014 to apply for a tax refund against the county portion of their income taxes.

The Republican governor and the Democratic comptroller made the announcement Monday.

Hogan says an estimated 55,000 taxpayers are eligible, due to a Supreme Court ruling earlier this year. Hogan says it could add up to more than $200 million.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland board has revised the state's revenue estimates up by $212 million for fiscal years 2016 and 2017.

The Maryland Board of Revenue Estimates approved the estimates Monday. The estimates went up $80.6 million for fiscal year 2016, which began in July. Revenue estimates increased $131.6 million for fiscal year 2017.

The revisions come after Maryland ended fiscal year 2015 with a fund balance of $295 million.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Board of Public Works has delayed its consideration of whether to abolish 63 positions in the state's Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Board of Public Works is scheduled to consider whether to abolish 63 positions in the state's Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.

The board, which includes Gov. Larry Hogan, Treasurer Nancy Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot, is scheduled to take up the proposal on Wednesday.

Hogan, a Republican, made the proposal to the board to save roughly $3 million.

The proposal was delayed at the board's last meeting at the comptroller's request to provide more time for review.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Comptroller Peter Franchot is highlighting the upcoming tax-free week in Maryland.

Franchot will be in Baltimore to meet with retailers and local officials to discuss Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week.

It begins Sunday and runs through Aug. 15.

Qualifying clothing and foot wear prices $100 or less will be exempt from Maryland's 6 percent sales tax.

Franchot will be promoting the upcoming tax-free week at various events throughout the week in Queenstown, Annapolis, Bethesda and Waldorf.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Board of Public Works has delayed a vote on whether to abolish 63 positions in the state's Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.
 
Gov. Larry Hogan made the proposal to the board, which considered it at Thursday's meeting in Annapolis.
 
Abolishing the positions would take a majority vote of the three-member board. The members include Hogan, Comptroller Peter Franchot and Treasurer Nancy Kopp.
 

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The new alcohol is now coming in a powdered form.

And Maryland officials aim to keep it from being sold in the state.

Comptroller Peter Franchot has already gotten an agreement from distributors and wholesalers not to offer the powdered form.

But the sale of Palcohol is still legal in the state.

So, Maryland lawmakers are considering a ban on the powdered stuff with one piece of legislation calling for a two year moratorium.

Legislators say the accessibility to powdered alcohol could encourage  children to try it.

"Let Summer Be Summer"

Mar 12, 2015
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Could students begin to start the school term a little later in the year?

Yes, says Maryland State Comptroller Peter Franchot who backs the initiative known as Let Summer Be Summer.

The state official was up before a state Senate committee hearing yesterday for legislation that would have all Maryland school begins the fall semester after Labor Day.

The petition has more than 13-thousand signatures including Governor Larry Hogan.

Backers hope that the later date would help generate an additional $74 million in revenue.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - New revenue estimates for the state of Maryland won't require a downward adjustment of projections, but there aren't any extra dollars, either.

The Maryland Board of Revenue Estimates released unchanged revenue estimates on Wednesday.

Board members say that's positive compared to the last two revisions last year, which required them to note Maryland didn't bring in as much revenue as they had projected.

General fund revenues are expected to be about $15.7 billion for fiscal year 2015 and $16.2 billion for fiscal year 2016.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland lawmaker says he will introduce a bill to start Maryland public schools after Labor Day.

Sen. James Mathias, a Worcester Democrat, made the announcement at a Thursday news conference with Comptroller Peter Franchot and Gov.-elect Larry Hogan, who both support the idea. Ocean City Mayor Richard Meehan also appeared at the Annapolis news conference to support the later start date.

Supporters say prolonging summer vacation by between five and 10 days would create more family time and help Maryland businesses.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Comptroller Peter Franchot is scheduled to announce results of a petition drive gauging support for starting Maryland public schools after Labor Day.

Franchot is scheduled to hold a news conference Thursday with Gov.-elect Larry Hogan, state Sen. James Mathias and Ocean City Mayor Richard Meehan.

A state task force recommended in May that schools delay opening until after Labor Day, while continuing to end by the current time in mid-June. The task force voted 11-4 in favor of the later start date.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley is bringing a proposal to the Board of Public Works to address more than $400 million of a budget shortfall.

The outgoing Democratic governor is planning to bring about $211 million in spending reductions to the board Wednesday morning. The plan also includes about $199 million in fund transfers and revenues to help fill the gap.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Board of Public Works has approved a contract renewal for the state to spend up to $200 million to lease and maintain slot machines over five years.

The board voted 2-1 Wednesday, with Gov. Martin O'Malley and Treasurer Nancy Kopp voting in favor of the renewal. Comptroller Peter Franchot voted against it.

Maryland law initially required the state to own slot machines at the state's five casinos. However, the law was changed in 2012.

Next March, three of the state's casinos will acquire their own slot machines.

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