Revenews is produced by the Office of Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot to bring you the latest tax and financial news, as well as a closer look at the people, places and organizations that make Maryland special.
info_outline Revenue Recap, Fiscal Forecast 10/08/2021
Revenue Recap, Fiscal Forecast Thanks largely to the success of federal relief, Maryland has an extra $5 billion in the bank. Bureau of Revenue Estimates Director Andy Schaufele joins us to break down the recent Fiscal Year 2021 Closeout Report and updated revenue projections for FY 2022 and 2023. Then we chat with Janice Shih, director of the Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic at Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service about their work and how a new law allows them to help more taxpayers.
info_outline Alongside President Bush on 9/11 09/10/2021
Alongside President Bush on 9/11 Community Affairs and Outreach Manager Kia Baskerville, then a CBS News producer covering the White House, shares her recollections of travelling in Florida on September 11, 2001 with President George W. Bush when news broke of the terrorist attacks in New York and the Pentagon. Kia takes us behind the scenes of what it was like on Air Force One and back in the Oval Office on such a tumultuous day and the bond she developed with the First Family.
info_outline Back to School 08/31/2021
Back to School Summer is nearly over and many schools are back in session. We discuss youth activism, political involvement and college in the age of COVID with two of our summer interns, Megan Moulsdale and Tim Jones (05:29). Afterwards, a riveting conversation with Dr. Steven Thomas, founder of the HAIR Campaign, which has achieved national attention for its work enlisting black barbershops and beauty salons in the fight to achieve health equity (40:29).
info_outline Shopping, Savings, Scholarships 08/06/2021
Shopping, Savings, Scholarships Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week runs August 8-14 and we’re joined by Sarah Price of the Maryland Retailers Association to talk about how businesses have managed to survive during the pandemic and the scholarship contest that has become an annual highlight of the tax-free week. Afterwards, Fells Point Surf Co. owner Ali Schuch gives us a firsthand perspective of running a business in challenging times.
info_outline Maryland’s Media, Three Years Since The Capital Tragedy 06/28/2021
Maryland’s Media, Three Years Since The Capital Tragedy In this special episode, Alan and Callie remember the June 28, 2018, Annapolis Capital shooting with Communications Director Susan O’Brien, who worked for Mayor Gavin Buckley at the time and shares what that tragic day and the days that followed were like. Then, we talk about the broader state of the media, both locally and nationally with Lucy Dalglish, dean of the Phillip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland.
info_outline PROTECT Week and Juneteenth 06/10/2021
PROTECT Week and Juneteenth June 13-19 is PROTECT Week, highlighting elder financial abuse. The Comptroller’s Office is a lead partner in the campaign and guest host Maureen O’Prey joins Alan to talk about it with Sydney Palinkas from ElderSAFE. Then, Chris Haley, who heads the Study of the Legacy of Slavery in Maryland at the State Archives talks about Juneteenth and the quest for racial justice in America.
info_outline Fueling Up For Summer 05/28/2021
Fueling Up For Summer New co-host Callie Pfeiffer joins Alan to talk with Chuck Ulm, deputy director of the agency’s Field Enforcement Bureau, to find out why the Comptroller is in charge of motor fuel regulation and what role the office had to keep gas flowing in the wake of the Colonial Pipeline hack. Then, we look forward to summer with Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan, who’s preparing for the unofficial start of tourist season this Memorial Day Weekend.
info_outline One Year – We Made It! 05/17/2021
One Year – We Made It! It’s a bittersweet episode as we celebrate the first anniversary of Revenews while saying goodbye to Sam, who is taking her talents to Boston University’s Global Development Policy Center. Alan and Sam reflect on highlights from the past year, then chat with Julie Verratti, Associate Administrator for the SBA’s Office of Field Operations, about the federal programs available to small business owners. Finally, a few colleagues say farewell to Sam.
info_outline College Savings & Summer Shopping 05/03/2021
College Savings & Summer Shopping This week, Alan and Sam break down college savings plans with Maryland 529 Executive Director Erin Layton to help you prepare for the future (07:50). Then they catch up with Amie McCaslin, a resilient business owner who faced both floods in Ellicott City and is opening a new storefront in Ocean City called Salt & Co (36:20).
info_outline The COVID session and (Merri)weathering a Pandemic 04/15/2021
The COVID session and (Merri)weathering a Pandemic 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.
info_outline The Agency’s Leading Women 04/01/2021
The Agency’s Leading Women 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.
info_outline Celebrating Women’s History Month 03/18/2021
Celebrating Women’s History Month 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!
info_outline The RELIEF Act 02/25/2021
The RELIEF Act 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.
info_outline Fall in Love with an Energy Star Appliance 02/08/2021
Fall in Love with an Energy Star Appliance 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.
info_outline Legislative Look-Ahead 01/12/2021
Legislative Look-Ahead 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.
info_outline Leading Women of Maryland's Economy 12/18/2020
Leading Women of Maryland's Economy 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.
info_outline Thanksgiving & Non-Profits During a Pandemic 11/25/2020
Thanksgiving & Non-Profits During a Pandemic 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.
info_outline Shop Maryland for the Holidays 11/06/2020
Shop Maryland for the Holidays 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.
info_outline Hispanic Heritage Month 10/20/2020
Hispanic Heritage Month 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).
info_outline Checking The Numbers 10/02/2020
Checking The Numbers 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.
info_outline The Importance of the Census 09/11/2020
The Importance of the Census 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).
info_outline The Digital Divide in Urban and Rural MD 08/27/2020
The Digital Divide in Urban and Rural MD 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).
info_outline Shop Local, Save Money 08/06/2020
Shop Local, Save Money 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.
info_outline Baseball is Back! 07/23/2020
Baseball is Back! 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.
info_outline Maryland Tax Deadlines 07/08/2020
Maryland Tax Deadlines 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.
info_outline COMPASS - The New Tax Management System 06/22/2020
COMPASS - The New Tax Management System 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.
info_outline Unclaimed Property 06/08/2020
Unclaimed Property 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.
info_outline BRE Breakdown and Donating DJ 05/26/2020
BRE Breakdown and Donating DJ 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.”