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Maryland will be the first state in the nation to tax digital advertising. Here are 4 things to watch

Feb. 15, 2021 5:48 pm

Maryland will be the first state in the nation to tax digital advertising. Here are 4 things to watch

The tax will raise money for education. It opens a new front in policy toward the big tech companies.
These 6 pandemic fatigue-fighting creative campaigns won University System of Maryland’s Public Health Challenge

Feb. 12, 2021 9:12 am

These 6 pandemic fatigue-fighting creative campaigns won University System of Maryland’s Public Health Challenge

From puppets to a crab, check out the challenge winners.
Direct checks caught support on a national stage. Can cities use them to abolish poverty?

Feb. 11, 2021 2:00 pm

Direct checks caught support on a national stage. Can cities use them to abolish poverty?

Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott joined the national coalition Mayors for a Guaranteed Income, which frames recurring checks to residents as a matter of equity.
The City’s recently-launched dashboard shares COVID-19 vaccination data

Feb. 9, 2021 11:43 am

The City’s recently-launched dashboard shares COVID-19 vaccination data

The data viz tool tracks first and second vaccine doses administered to Baltimore City residents, as well as demographic breakdowns. Officials say it's a move made for transparency.
Mayor Scott to Johnson & Johnson: Sell 300K Baltimore-manufactured COVID-19 vaccine doses to City

Feb. 8, 2021 5:36 pm

Mayor Scott to Johnson & Johnson: Sell 300K Baltimore-manufactured COVID-19 vaccine doses to City

Scott said the company can help the city ensure doses are distributed equitably. The proposal gets at the responsibility of a global industry to a local community where it is working.
City workers are facing missed paychecks after a switch to new HR software. Unions want answers

Feb. 5, 2021 4:10 pm

City workers are facing missed paychecks after a switch to new HR software. Unions want answers

The city implemented Workday software as it sought to modernize systems. In a letter this week, a coalition of Baltimore city public employee unions say problems are compounding.
This open source tool is tracking Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott’s first 100 days

Feb. 3, 2021 5:10 pm

This open source tool is tracking Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott’s first 100 days

The Baltimore Office of Performance and Innovation has created a tracker that the public can use as an accountability tool to see if Mayor Scott reaches goals set for the first 100 days in office.
Power Moves: Former City Councilman Leon Pinkett is the new executive director of BARCO

Jan. 29, 2021 12:47 pm

Power Moves: Former City Councilman Leon Pinkett is the new executive director of BARCO

Plus, Arena Analytics has an AI ethics advisory board, a Baltimore-based growth equity firm is promoting a Millennial Media alum to a leadership role, and Westminster's McDaniel College is adding an entrepreneur-in-residence.
A Maryland bill seeks to create a statewide digital inclusion office. It’s getting support from the local tech community

Jan. 26, 2021 12:28 pm

A Maryland bill seeks to create a statewide digital inclusion office. It’s getting support from the local tech community

Delegate Brooke E. Lierman, a Baltimore City Democrat, is seeking to ensure the state government's work on broadband access supports all Marylanders.
This report has 60+ recommendations for bringing change to the Baltimore City Comptroller’s office

Jan. 26, 2021 7:00 am

This report has 60+ recommendations for bringing change to the Baltimore City Comptroller’s office

Comptroller Bill Henry tapped local leaders to lay out steps for running and modernizing the City's fiscal office.

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