-Stops in all 24 Maryland Jurisdictions Provide Valuable Feedback-
Annapolis, Md. (June 23, 2010) –Comptroller Peter Franchot concluded his statewide economic listening tour Tuesday in Carroll County after making stops in all 23 counties and Baltimore City to hear directly from business leaders, government officials and private citizens about current economic conditions.
“Through this tour, I was able to hear from Marylanders from every sector,” said Comptroller Franchot. “The feedback across the board was both pragmatic and practical, which confirms my belief that governments at all levels should reach out and be as inclusive as possible. There is a lot we can learn from our citizens and from our diverse and dynamic private sector as we continue to climb our way out of this historic economic recession.”
Since early May, Comptroller Franchot has met with representatives from vital Maryland industries including agriculture, labor, life sciences, information technology, health care, mining, wineries, real estate, banking, military contracting and hospitality. Additionally, he heard from senior citizens, students, clergy, small business owners and municipal government leaders.
While listening was the main focus, Franchot had a brief message that was consistent at each stop: develop a stronger partnership between government and business communities, end partisanship contention, reform state spending, avoid the introduction of new taxes, and emphasis on financial literacy.
Since taking office in 2007, Franchot has fostered a stronger working relationship between the Comptroller’s Office and the business community. Along with creating the Comptroller’s Business Advisory Council to meet quarterly, he also established the first Economic Advisory Panel, consisting of business leaders across the state, to advise the Board of Revenue Estimates on economic conditions. The listening tour was another step toward embracing all Marylanders in the state’s economic recovery.