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The Digital Divide in Urban and Rural MD

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Release Date: 08/27/2020

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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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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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).