tax breaks

Another Massive Tax Break for Developers? One Key Official Says No

April 16, 2018

Baltimore’s latest proposal to overhaul a low income housing project and an abandoned outdoor mall may include a huge tax incentive for developers, but city council president Jack Young says he has “no appetite” for another tax break.

The Black Disinvestment Crisis Pt 3: Gentrification without Representation

March 4, 2018

School Closings and Food Deserts in the African American community of West Dayton while tax incentives are given to build luxury housing downtown are the focus of a conversation with activists from Racial Justice NOW!

Baltimore Councilman Compares Tax Break to ‘Tropical Fruit That I Can’t Pronounce’

March 4, 2018

The glib remark came during a serious debate over the real cost of tax breaks to developers as the city moves forward with new incentives while state analysts warn the final price tag of these expansive private subsidies is unknown by Stephen Janis and Taya Graham

The Black Disinvestment Crisis Pt 2: School Closings, Food Deserts, and Urban Blight

March 2, 2018

In the second installment in the series TRNN speaks to Racial Justice NOW an Ohio based organization that wants to stop the intentional economic dislocation of its community by Taya Graham and Stephen Janis

Baltimore Spends Billions on Corporate Subsidies but Can’t Heat Its Schools

January 21, 2018

Author and political scientist Lester Spence says the discussion around Baltimore’s flagging school system ignores the fundamental priorities of a city that favors corporations over its children

Trump Tax Plan Would Slash Charitable Giving by Almost 40%

December 1, 2017

According to some estimates, there would be between $13-$95B less in charitable giving by individuals, because raising the individual deduction removes the tax incentive to give, says David Callahan, founder and editor of Inside Philanthropy

Residents March Through Baltimore City Hall to Demand Affordable Housing Funds

November 9, 2017

Advocates delivered a petition to Baltimore finance officials to demand $40 million per year to fund affordable housing and fix blight, part of plan they say will restore equity to a city that has doled out big tax breaks to wealthy developers

As Cities Lose, Wall Street Wins Big

October 29, 2017

Mounting losses for the taxpayer backed Baltimore Convention Center Hotel make one thing clear, no matter how bad a deal performs, Wall Street always banks a profit

As the Rich Get Richer, Public Schools Suffer

October 16, 2017

During a hearing on how to create more equitable funding for public schools in Maryland officials revealed how tax breaks for wealthy developers in Baltimore could threaten future funding

Amid Flurry of Tax Breaks for Developers, Equitable Housing Law Languishes

October 4, 2017

A Real News investigation of the city’s inclusionary housing law reveals that despite a consensus change is needed, little has been done to fix it