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Comptroller of Maryland
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.
3 days ago
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).
1 hr 1 min
Apr 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.
1 hr 15 min
Apr 1, 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.
Mar 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!
1 hr 11 min
Feb 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.
Feb 8, 2021
Fall in Love with an Energy Star Appliance
Tax season and Shop Maryland Energy Weekend are almost here! First, we chat with Robin McKinney of the CASH Campaign about free tax preparation and the Earned Income Tax Credit (07:43). Next up, business owners Joe Ochs & Curt Spicher tell how huge the tax-free weekend is for retailers (33:00). 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 (54:47).
1 hr 14 min
Jan 12, 2021
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 (06:46). 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 (40:33).
1 hr 12 min
Dec 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.
Nov 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, (01:28) and talk to a pair of nonprofit leaders – Carmen del Guercio of the Maryland Food Bank (18:46) and Jeff Griffin of the Franciscan Center (36:48) – to hear how their operations have changed as a result of the pandemic and what their biggest needs are heading into the holiday season. And we close with a montage of Comptroller employees saying what they’re thankful for this year.
1 hr 12 min
Nov 6, 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 (07:00). 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 (20:04).
Oct 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).
Oct 2, 2020
Checking The Numbers
We start with an overview of the state’s latest revenue estimates and what they mean (01:16). Then, we talk with Sandy Zinck, director of the General Accounting Division, which drafts the annual reports that drive Maryland’s financial standing and is responsible for keeping track of all the money spent by state agencies (05:13). She also explains how her team has been a saving grace for child care facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Then as Maryland oyster season begins, Paul Schurick from the Oyster Recovery Partnership discusses restoring the state’s oyster population, their importance to the health of the Chesapeake Bay and the Shell Recycling Alliance (30:38).
Sep 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).
Aug 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).
1 hr 13 min
Aug 6, 2020
Shop Local, Save Money
Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week starts on Sunday, August 9 and runs through Saturday, August 15. We talk with Maryland Retailers Association President Cailey Locklair (4:03) about how important the week is for businesses coping with the impacts of Covid-19, and how Maryland college students can win scholarships during tax-free week. Then, we hear from Josh Levinson (18:52), co-owner of Charm City Run, about the origin and growth of the business, the challenges of owning a business during the pandemic and more.
Jul 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 (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).
1 hr 14 min
Jul 8, 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. What returns are due? Can you still file for an extension? How can you reach our office with any questions? We’re then joined by co-owner of Dan’s Taphouse in Boonsboro, Maryland, Charlotte Aufdem-Brinke, to share her story of how the restaurant is surviving COVID-19 and her decision to vocally support the Black Lives Matter movement. It’s a conversation you won’t want to miss.
Jun 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. Later, we’re joined by Sam Hanson, manager of the Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar, to talk about how the COVID-19 pandemic has forced changes to the beloved Sunday market and how both vendors and shoppers have responded. And, we close with our recurring segment with Sam and Alan sharing “The Best Thing We Saw This Week.”
Jun 8, 2020
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 how to search and make a claim, and some other fun tidbits about this program that returns millions of dollars to Marylanders every year. Later, we talk with Erin Cermak, founder and CEO of Revolution Event Design and Production, based in Baltimore, which is unveiling a line of social distancing products for the COVID-19 environment, including their “bumper tables,” which has received global media coverage. Lastly, we share Comptroller Franchot’s remarks on the awful killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the ensuing protests demanding justice and systemic changes that have swept the country.
May 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.”
May 13, 2020
Welcome to Revenews
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. In the opening episode we discuss how COVID-19 has had an affect on tax season and local businesses. We talk with our first guest, none other than the Comptroller of Maryland Peter Franchot, and we talk with Biermi co-founders Brian O’Connor and Brendan O'Leary.