STARTUPS

Baltimore has fallen among the worst cities to start a new business, according to a recent WalletHub study. The city was ranked 156th out of 182 American cities due to expensive business costs, undesirable work environments and lack of access to resources. Read more at Patch Baltimore.

 

TAXES

Maryland governor Larry Hogan signed measures to prevent tax increases in his last bill-signing ceremony of the term. The legislation blocked what would have been about $3 billion in new tax increases over the span of five years. Read more at CBS Baltimore.

 

HEALTHCARE

Health care company Kaiser Permanente, which has offices in Baltimore, has established a pilot program called Integrated Care that allows patients to connect with physicians by computer or phone and efficiently save both time and money. Patients are able to avoid the in-person costs of medical visits while receiving professional help with problems that can be addressed through a virtual medium. Read more at WMAR Baltimore.