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Baseball is Back!

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Release Date: 07/23/2020

Hispanic Heritage Month show art Hispanic Heritage Month

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In honor of the just-concluded Hispanic Heritage Month, Alan and Sam chat with the Comptroller’s Hispanic Affairs Outreach Manager Adriana Lee about how our office is engaging with Hispanic communities across the state to foster better awareness of tax issues (9:23). Next up, Jimmy Vargas, a Silver Spring accountant, provides some helpful tips and advice on how to get your taxes done right (29:30).

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Checking The Numbers show art Checking The Numbers

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We look at the state’s latest revenue estimates and what they mean. Then, we talk with Sandy Zinck, director of the General Accounting Division, which drafts the annual reports that drive Maryland’s financial standing. Then, Paul Schurick from the Oyster Recovery Partnership discusses restoring Maryland’s oyster population, their importance to the health of the Chesapeake Bay and the Shell Recycling Alliance.

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The Importance of the Census show art The Importance of the Census

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The Census is more than a once-every-10-years population count. We talk with State Planning Secretary Robert McCord to learn how it determines the amount of federal funding Maryland gets and how the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted collection efforts (6:50). Then, we hear from Laura Gaver House, whose family farm in Mt. Airy is a popular fall destination for apples, pumpkins and fun for all ages (29:20).

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The Digital Divide in Urban and Rural MD show art The Digital Divide in Urban and Rural MD

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Most Maryland students will start school this year virtually. We discuss the digital divide in urban and rural communities with Rick Gordon, director of the Governor's Office of Rural Broadband, and Andrew Coy, a co-organizer of the Baltimore Digital Equity Coalition (6:40). Then we talk to Charelle James, executive director of Urban Teachers, a Baltimore-based nonprofit that trains career educators through an immersive 4-year program (39:45).

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Shop Local, Save Money show art Shop Local, Save Money

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Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week is Sunday, August 9 throughSaturday, August 15. We talk with Maryland Retailers Association President Cailey Locklair (4:03) about how important the week is for businesses during Covid-19, and how Maryland college students can win scholarships. Then, we hear from Josh Levinson (18:52), co-owner of Charm City Run, about the origin and growth of the business, the challenges during the pandemic and more.

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Baseball is Back! show art Baseball is Back!

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Opening Day is here. We step away from our usual tax talk to focus on America’s pastime. Batting leadoff is Len Foxwell, Comptroller Franchot’s chief of staff and a Washington Nationals megafan. On deck is Jennifer Grondahl, a top Baltimore Orioles executive. In the 3-hole is Ben McDonald, the No. 1 selection in the 1989 MLB Draft and a current O’s broadcaster. And hitting cleanup is Jon Meoli, the Orioles beat writer for the Baltimore Sun.

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Maryland Tax Deadlines show art Maryland Tax Deadlines

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With the extended tax deadline of July 15 fast approaching, we talk with Gary White, Director of the Taxpayer Services Division, and Wayne Green, Director of the Revenue Administration Division to answer all your tax questions. We’re then joined by co-owner of Dan’s Taphouse in Boonsboro, Maryland, Charlotte Aufdem-Brinke, to share the restaurant's story during COVID-19, and her decision to vocally support the Black Lives Matter movement.

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COMPASS - The New Tax Management System show art COMPASS - The New Tax Management System

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The Comptroller’s Office is about to launch a new, state-of-the-art tax management system called Compass. What is it and how will it help make filing and managing your taxes easier? We talk with Robin Aro, Compass Program Manager, and Porter Ledford, program manager for the contractor implementing the Compass system, to get an overview. We also talk to Sam Hanson, manager of the Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar.

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Unclaimed Property show art Unclaimed Property

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Is the state holding money that might be owed to you? We talk with Jason Sobel, director of the Unclaimed Property Section, to get the lowdown on this program that returns millions of dollars to Marylanders yearly. Later, we talk with Erin Cermak, CEO of Revolution Event Design & Production, which is unveiling a line of social distancing products. Lastly, we share Comptroller Franchot’s remarks on the awful killing of George Floyd.

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BRE Breakdown and Donating DJ show art BRE Breakdown and Donating DJ

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact Maryland, we go deep on the economic impact with Bureau of Revenue Estimates Director Andy Schaufele. We also talked with an Ellicott City DJ who turned an effort to entertain his young kids into a repeat dance party that has raised more than $1 million in donations to charities and first responders. To close the show, Alan and Sam kick off our new recurring feature, “The Best Thing I Saw This Week.”

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Opening Day is here. We step away from our usual tax talk to focus on America’s pastime. Batting leadoff is Len Foxwell, Comptroller Franchot’s chief of staff and a Washington Nationals megafan (03:25).  On deck is Jennifer Grondahl, a top Baltimore Orioles executive (28:43). In the 3-hole is Ben McDonald, the No. 1 selection in the 1989 MLB Draft and a current O’s broadcaster (43:09). And hitting cleanup is Jon Meoli, the Orioles beat writer for the Baltimore Sun (59:38).