Monday, September 10, 2012
Comptroller Peter Franchot will volunteer at Gaithersburg's Manna Food Center to mark Sept. 11 and launch his "Economic Listening Tour."
Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot will make a special appearance as a volunteer at Gaithersburg's Manna Food Center on Tuesday to honor the memory of those who lost their lives in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Franchot's visit also kicks off his "Economic Listening Tour," according to a news release. As part of the tour, the comptroller will hear from Manna's staff and discuss the impact of the economic downturn on the services they provide. He will be joined Tuesday by Minerva Delgado, executive director of Manna Food Center, along with state and local elected officials. Franchot (D) will tour the state to hear directly from businesses, organizations and individuals about economic conditions.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Some Montgomery County Agricultural Fair attendees got more than just a few prizes or bellyaches.
Nearly 130 people found more than $80,000 in unclaimed funds during the nine days of the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair, Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot announced in a statement. “Ensuring Marylanders get the unclaimed funds they are owed is one of my favorite duties as [comptroller],” Franchot (D) said. “Currently, many families are facing difficult financial decisions and we are all living in uncertain times. So, I am delighted when I have the opportunity to tell an individual that my agency is holding unclaimed funds in his or her name.” This year, 740 fairgoers stopped by the comptroller’s booth and searched for unclaimed property, and 132 found that they had money in their name. The largest claim was $12,180. In total, …
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Comptroller Peter Franchot argues the state needs to find a way to build businesses not casinos.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
By Comptroller Peter Franchot For anyone who remains unconvinced that the Maryland economy has lost momentum and is now moving in the wrong direction, the latest unemployment figures released by the U.S. Labor Department should remove all doubt. The State of Maryland lost 11,000 jobs in June – the third highest total in the nation, trailing only Wisconsin and Tennessee. This was our fourth consecutive month of job losses, and it elevated our state’s unemployment rate to 6.9 percent. Disappointing as those numbers are, they don’t tell the full story. Maryland also ranked 48th in Fiscal Year 2012 in both average private hourly and weekly earnings growth, and has actually experienced year-over-year declines in both categories. This means …
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Montgomery County and Maryland state Democratic leaders joined together in Gaithersburg to support John Delaney and President Barack Obama in the November election.
Montgomery County and Maryland state Democratic leaders gathered in Gaithersburg Monday night to show unified support for the state’s Democratic ticket, particularly 6th Congressional District candidate John Delaney and President Barack Obama. A raucous crowd at the Casey Community Center welcomed County Executive Ike Leggett along with Gov. Martin O'Malley, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Attorney General Doug Gansler, among others, to cheer on their Democratic Party representatives. After thanking the crowd for its tremendous support on a rainy evening, O’Malley quickly turned his attention to the 6th Congressional District. “I am 100 percent for John Delaney,” the governor said. “He’s going to be a great congressman not only for the 6th …
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Residents making less than $50K can qualify.
Tax day is less than three weeks away. Rockville residents earning less than $50,000 a year are eligible for free help preparing their state and federal tax returns. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program offers tax preparation appointments from 3 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays at the City of Rockville's Community Services Division office, at 30 Courthouse Square. Walk-ins will be welcome from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 7 at the Twinbrook Community Recreation Center, 12920 Twinbrook Parkway. To receive free preparation assistance, you must live in Montgomery County and present a W-2 and/or 1099 form showing that you earned less than $50,000 in 2011. For more information, call the city's Community Services Division at 240-314-8310. Taxpayers …
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Comptroller Peter Franchot will field taxpayers' questions online on Monday.