Once Again, Franchot vs. Lawmakers
The feud between Comptroller Peter Franchot and some lawmakers escalated this morning when a state senator asked the Ethics Commission to investigate Franchot's public release of information on 4,600 state workers with salaries above $100,000.
Sen. James E. DeGrange, Sr. (D-Anne Arundel) held a press conference to denounce the release of the payroll data as "unethical and outright wrong." Even though the information is public, DeGrange said Franchot's offer of the information to reporters smacked of politics. Not partisan politics, though, since the feuding parties all are Democrats.
"He has compromised the prestige of his office," DeGrange said of the comptroller, a former colleague in the House of Delegates.
Franchot offered last week to give reporters a list of state workers making at least $100,000 after he accused Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) of prodding legislative analysts to target two of the tax collector's deputies. The Baltimore Examiner took Franchot up on the offer, and ran a story.
DeGrange serves on the Senate's Budget and Taxation committee. It has not recommended eliminating the positions, although Miller and legislative analysts have criticized their salaries, which are as high as those of some members of the governor's cabinet.
Franchot spokesman Joseph Shapiro said in a statement that DeGrange "misunderstands state law and the importance of transparency in government" because the records of state salaries are public information.
Miller, in a statement, called the comptroller's decision to publicize salary information "troubling" and called on him to apologize.
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