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Release Date: 07/23/2020

The COVID session and (Merri)weathering a Pandemic show art The COVID session and (Merri)weathering a Pandemic

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The 2021 General Assembly wrapped up an unprecedented 90-day session with pandemic relief and police reform taking top billing. We’re joined by Legislative Director Justin Hayes and Deputy Director Sean Ford to break it down. Then, Ian Kennedy, head of the Downtown Columbia Arts and Culture Commission, which owns Merriweather Post Pavilion, talks about how the music died at entertainment venues during the last year and when concerts may return.

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The Agency’s Leading Women show art The Agency’s Leading Women

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In this special episode, Deputy Comptroller Sharonne Bonardi chats with her predecessor and mentor Linda Tanton about being the first female Deputy Comptroller, the challenges she faced in breaking that barrier and the changed roles of women in leadership over the years.

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Celebrating Women’s History Month show art Celebrating Women’s History Month

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It’s Women’s History Month and St. Patrick’s Day! Accordingly, Alan and Sam chat with Maureen O’Prey about her role in the office and her other passions: history, beer, and the history of beer (10:53). Next up is Karlys Kline, founder of the Women’s Giving Circle and beloved in Frederick and far beyond (40:54). It’s an episode you won’t want to miss!

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The RELIEF Act show art The RELIEF Act

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In four days, the Comptroller’s Office processed roughly 415,000 electronic payments and paper checks to Marylanders who qualified for state stimulus relief, representing 98% of all recipients. How did it happen and what are some of the most frequently asked questions. We go behind the scenes with Ombudsman Dana Buker, who deals directly with taxpayers trying to navigate the sometimes-thorny bureaucratic channels in search of help.

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Fall in Love with an Energy Star Appliance show art Fall in Love with an Energy Star Appliance

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Tax season and Shop Maryland Energy Weekend are almost here! We chat with Robin McKinney of the CASH Campaign about free tax preparation and the Earned Income Tax Credit. Next up, business owners Joe Ochs & Curt Spicher on the huge the tax-free weekend is. Then, Amey Bayes of BGE and Larissa Johnson from the Montgomery County Dept. of Environmental Protection encourage you to save money AND the planet with energy efficient appliances.

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Legislative Look-Ahead show art Legislative Look-Ahead

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With the 2021 General Assembly starting this week, Sam and Alan get a preview from Sen. Craig Zucker, a longtime Comptroller employee, and Justin Hayes, the Comptroller's legislative director. We also get a lay of the land in the COVID-19 era from Sen. Clarence Lam, the chamber's only practicing physician and Nicole Stallings from the MD Hospital Association.

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Leading Women of Maryland's Economy show art Leading Women of Maryland's Economy

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It’s the holiday season, and Alan and Sam are wrapping up the year by interviewing Deputy Comptroller Sharonne Bonardi (09:04) about her influential role in managing the day-to-day of the agency and adapting to such a tough year. We then chat with Ali von Paris (33:33), CEO and founder of Route One Apparel, about starting the company out of her dorm room at UMD ten years ago and the importance of shopping local.

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Thanksgiving & Non-Profits During a Pandemic show art Thanksgiving & Non-Profits During a Pandemic

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In a special Thanksgiving edition, we learn about the Maryland Charity Campaign from agency chairperson Patti Tracey, and talk to a pair of nonprofit leaders – Carmen del Guercio of the Maryland Food Bank and Jeff Griffin of the Franciscan Center – to hear how operations have changed during the pandemic, and their needs heading into the holiday season. We close with a montage of Comptroller employees saying what they’re thankful for this year.

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Shop Maryland for the Holidays show art Shop Maryland for the Holidays

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Special co-host Maureen O’Prey pinch hits today as we talk with the Maryland DC Credit Union Association about their members’ partnership on the Comptroller’s Shop Maryland for the Holidays initiative. Then, we check in with Scott Sanders, founding partner of Tobacco Barn Distillery in St. Mary’s County, to hear about their latest unique venture involving bourbon and a military fighter jet.

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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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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).