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Board of Public Works approves funding for clean water, Chesapeake Bay

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Board of Public Works on Wednesday approved more than $16 million in grants to reduce pollution and improve water quality. The board is composed of Governor Larry Hogan, Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp, and Comptroller Peter Franchot. Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford chaired Wednesday’s meeting. “These are smart investments to protect public health and prevent water pollution in …


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Bengies Drive-In Theatre not allowed to reopen as other U.S. drive-ins make comeback

UPDATE 2: Bengies will reopen on Wednesday, June 3, 2020. UPDATE: Bengies has been allowed to reopen but no date has yet been announced. Original story below… —— MIDDLE RIVER, MD—Maryland’s only drive-in movie theater remains closed, even as others across the U.S. are experiencing a renaissance in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Local elected officials have made a …


Department of Public Works warns residents of new COVID-19 scams

UPDATE: Comptroller Peter Franchot is also warning residents to be wary of stimulus scams.  More in the tweet embedded below. Original story below… —— BALTIMORE, MD—Department of Public Works Acting Director Matthew W. Garbark on Monday advised Baltimore-area water customers to be aware of scams being done during the COVID-19 pandemic. DPW advises that scammers may call customers on the …

Maryland income tax payment deadline extended to July 15, 2020

UPDATE: The federal government has extended the tax filing deadline to July 15, 2020. Original story below… —— ANNAPOLIS, MD—Following this week’s White House press conference where it was announced that there would be a 90-day extension of the April 15th deadline for federal income tax payments, Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot has announced that Maryland business and individual income taxpayers …

Franchot announces extension of business tax filing deadlines

ANNAPOLIS, MD—To assist businesses affected by the economic impact of COVID-19, Comptroller Peter Franchot on Monday announced he will extend business-related tax filing deadlines. The June 1st extension applies to certain business returns with due dates during the months of March, April and May 2020 for businesses filing sales and use tax, withholding tax, and admissions & amusement tax, as …

Governor Hogan introduces legislation to return schools to post-Labor Day start [VIDEO]

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Wednesday announced that he is introducing the Universal School Start Act of 2020 requiring Maryland public schools to start after Labor Day, and ending the confusion of having Maryland’s counties each starting on different dates. This confusion was created by the General Assembly’s actions in 2019, when it overturned Hogan’s executive order requiring that school …

Anne Arundel County educator named 2020 Maryland Teacher of the Year

BALTIMORE, MD—Teresa Beilstein, a teacher at South Shore Elementary School in Anne Arundel County Public Schools, has been named the 2020 Maryland Teacher of the Year. Dr. Karen Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools, made the announcement at the 29th Annual Teacher of the Year Gala. The event attracted an audience of more than 1,000, including educators and dignitaries such as …

Comptroller Franchot announces task force to examine effects of electronic smoking devices

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Citing a growing number of reports about serious illnesses, lung disease, and deaths that are attributable to vaping, Comptroller Peter Franchot on Wednesday announced that he would create a task force to examine the public health and safety implications of electronic smoking devices (ESD). “As Maryland’s chief tobacco regulator, my job is to safeguard public health, protect consumers and …