Welcome to an early iteration of Maryland Matters, a website providing news and information about state and local government and politics in Maryland.
For the first few months of our existence, as we raise money and build an infrastructure to provide aggressive, comprehensive coverage of state and local government, we will post items on this website every day or so. Our goal is to eventually hire a staff consisting of five reporters, along with editors, web designers, business people and tech support. We will ramp up later this year.
Doing so won’t be easy — and we need your financial support. We plan to offer coverage from Ocean City to Oakland, from Capitol Hill to the State House to Baltimore City Hall. We will cover all the important issues: education and transportation, poverty and health care, energy and the environment, the business community and organized labor, and of course, politics. With media outlets shrinking and disappearing, there is increasingly little accountability for our elected leaders, policymakers and powerbrokers. Maryland Matters intends to fill that gap.
Maryland Matters is a nonprofit entity, meaning we can solicit and accept tax-deductible contributions through the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, which is serving as our fiscal agent. We are members of the Institute for Nonprofit News, and eventually, we will create our own 501c3 for tax purposes. When we are functioning at full strength, we will list all of our donors.
You can make a secure, online tax-deductible contribution by clicking here, or you can mail a contribution, made out to the Maryland Matters Fund, to Maryland Matters, P.O. Box 11121, Takoma Park, MD 20913.
We also welcome news tips, gossip, and all feedback.