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An ethics expert says Sinclair Broadcasting should disclose its business conflicts with Baltimore. I was part of the problem.

Nightly, the local Fox affiliate churns out stories on teen carjackings, students who can’t read, and smashed car windows outside police headquarters, all fodder for an ongoing series with titles like “City in Crisis,” and “Project Baltimore.” The reporting demands transparency from a government often portrayed as hesitant to oblige. It has also been showered […]

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Property developers are exacerbating the housing crisis

Years of meticulous investigation by The Real News reporters Taya Graham and Stephen Janis have shown how the city of Baltimore siphoned hundreds of millions of dollars in public funds to corporate developers over a period of decades. With their findings now available in a full documentary, Taya and Stephen’s investigative reporting has also spawned calls for an investigation from […]

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Union support grows for task force to scrutinize developer tax breaks

One of Maryland’s most powerful unions has urged legislators to pass a bill aimed at tallying the costs and benefits of tax breaks used to spur development within the state. AFSCME, which represents 45,000 government workers across the state, submitted written testimony supporting SB 733, Task Force to Study Transparency in Tax Incentives. The bill […]

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Baltimore touts equality, so why did it lavish tens of millions in tax breaks on a single development: Harbor East?

Baltimore is often maligned as a shrinking city beset by crime and intractable poverty. But take a walk down President Street just south of Little Italy on a Friday night, and you will enter a world that appears far removed from the idea of a city that is terminally in decay.   Past the empty pavilions […]