ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland’s comptroller is calling on schools to start after Labor Day, citing a new report that estimates it could provide an economic boost.

The report released Thursday by the Bureau of Revenue Estimates projects that delaying the first day of school would result in an additional $74.3 million in direct economic activity. That includes $3.7 million in new wages and a separate $7.7 million in state and local revenue.

Comptroller Peter Franchot says the decision to begin school a week or even 10 days before Labor Day has a negative impact on small businesses and deprives families of valuable time together.

Franchot says he’s confident the state’s school systems would be able to adjust their calendars throughout the academic year without reducing the 180-day school year.

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