Comptroller Peter Franchot watched last year as his No. 1 legislative priority — increased enforcement powers to combat tax fraud — was killed on the final day of the General Assembly session.
This year he has a powerful new ally in Republican Gov. Larry Hogan. Hogan bolstered his bipartisan alliance with the Democratic comptroller by making Franchot’s Taxpayer Protection Act part of his 2017 legislative package. Franchot has also lined up an array of backers, from Attorney General Brian E. Frosh to the trade association for the state’s certified public accountants.