Budget and Tax

Both the state budget and federal budget are tools that residents and lawmakers use allocate resources to key priorities and make investments for their future. 

MDCEP conducts research and analysis on budgetary decisions and policy proposals. We advocate for policies that foster broad prosperity at both the state and federal level, particularly investments in education, infrastructure, and access to affordable health care. 


Budget First Look: Governor’s Proposed 2019 Budget Makes Few New Investments

Last week, Gov. Larry Hogan released his proposed budget for the next fiscal year, which

Federal Aid Supports Essential State and Local Investments in Maryland

As weak revenues continue to make it challenging for Maryland’s state and local governments to

Proposed Budget Moves Maryland Backwards by Cutting Key Investments in Health, Education, Housing

As a whole, the governor’s proposed budget for fiscal 2018 fails to make the investments

Maryland’s Budget Leaves Unmet Needs

Investing in Maryland supports a healthier state economy Maryland’s budget is perhaps its most important

Tax-free Shopping Week is a Bad Investment for Maryland

Photo by Mimzy Creative Commons When Maryland parents head to stores this sales-tax-free shopping week

Women in Maryland Pay More in Taxes as a Share of Their Incomes

Because women in Maryland typically earn less than men, they are more likely to pay

Maryland’s Poor Taxed More Than Rich; Communities of Color Feel Biggest Pinch

Note: This report has been updated to correct the axis labels on some graphs, and
Recent Budget and Tax Publications

Budget First Look: Governor’s Proposed 2019 Budget Makes Few New Investments

January 26, 2018 by MDCEP
Last week, Gov. Larry Hogan released his proposed budget for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1. As a whole, the governor’s budget maintains the status quo for many… read more

Big Questions to Ask About the Governor’s Budget

January 16, 2018 by Kali Schumitz
Tomorrow is the deadline for Gov. Larry Hogan to propose his budget for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1. In the coming weeks, we’ll be breaking down what… read more

Federal Policy Threatens to Undermine State Investments, Deepen our Unmet Needs

December 27, 2017 by Christopher Meyer
The General Assembly committee that makes annual recommendations about the state’s budget made two things clear at its final meeting of the year last Tuesday: The state currently underinvests in… read more

There is No Evidence that Maryland’s R&D or Biotechnology Tax Credits Work

December 13, 2017 by Ellen Hutton
Evaluations of Maryland business tax credits continue to show that the state’s investments are not working as legislators intended. A recent state-mandated evaluation of the research and development (R&D) tax… read more

State Needs to Fill Vacant Positions to Maintain Public Services

December 7, 2017 by Shamekka Kuykendall
In order to have a government that is open, accountable, and responsive to Marylanders’ needs, the state needs adequately staffed government agencies. Right now, many state agencies aren’t functioning at… read more

Paying for Tax Cuts for the Wealthy by Blocking Immigrants from Receiving Tax Credits Will Leave Children Living in Poverty

November 21, 2017 by Ellen Hutton
The tax proposal that passed the U.S. House of Representatives would make it harder for families and students from low-income immigrant families to access tax credits they are legally entitled… read more

‘Trickle-Up’ Economic Policies Put People to Work

November 9, 2017 by Shamekka Kuykendall
Maryland’s success as a state is built on the past policy choices we have made that allow us to invest in the things that make Maryland a good place to… read more

Eliminating Federal Deduction to Fund Tax Cuts for the Wealthy and Corporations is a Bad Deal for Maryland

October 23, 2017 by Kali Schumitz
Eliminating the deduction for state and local taxes, as proposed in Republican leaders’ tax plan, would be a bad tradeoff for Marylanders. This deduction allows taxpayers who itemize deductions on… read more

Maryland’s Local Governments Shouldn’t Put Themselves on the Clearance Rack for Amazon

October 3, 2017 by Christopher Meyer
Amazon’s increasing dominance of the retail sector has helped squeeze traditional retailers and local businesses, prompting many to offer deep discounts before ultimately closing their doors. Maryland cities and counties… read more

Needless Cuts Underscore Need for Budget Reform

September 8, 2017 by Christopher Meyer
The governor and the Board of Public Works cut already approved funding for state services by $61 million on Wednesday. Midyear cuts like this are ordinarily used to plug holes… read more