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. 


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

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Recent Budget and Tax Publications

Trump Budget Proposal Would Slash Investments in Anti-Poverty Programs, Shift Costs to Maryland

May 25, 2017 by MDCEP
The budget proposal President Trump released this week threatens the economic and social well-being of low- and moderate-income Marylanders. The budget slashes important anti-poverty programs that help more than 1… read more

Federal Estate Tax Repeal Could Cost Maryland Resources, Harm Services

May 11, 2017 by Natalie Neill
President Trump’s proposed tax reform package includes a harmful provision to repeal the federal estate tax on large inheritances. The repeal would put a revenue stream Maryland relies on to… read more

An Unregulated Tax Preparation Industry Harms Maryland Families

April 18, 2017 by Natalie Neill
Last Saturday, I was finishing preparing a client’s tax return at the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site in west Baltimore that I run. As we were completing the signature… read more

Tax Day: Our Shared Investments in Maryland

April 14, 2017 by Christopher Meyer
What kind of state do you want Maryland to be? For most of us, the answer is straightforward. We want to live in safe neighborhoods with reliable roads and amenities… read more

Maryland Made Progress in the 2017 General Assembly Session

April 12, 2017 by Kali Schumitz
Maryland’s 2017 General Assembly Session came to a close Monday night. While there were also plenty of good ideas left on the table, lawmakers took some important steps that will… read more

Supplemental Budgets Fund Addiction Treatment, Law Enforcement, Relief to Schools

March 29, 2017 by Christopher Meyer
As this year’s budget process nears its conclusion, Gov. Hogan has released two supplemental budgets to address needs not covered by his original January proposal. The first supplement included new… read more

Budget Update: House Restores Some Harmful Cuts

March 13, 2017 by MDCEP
Maryland’s legislative session is a little more than halfway through, which means the Appropriations Committee in the House of Delegates is making decisions about changes to the state’s budget. Last… read more

Cleaning Up the Tax Code Would Protect Needed Investments and Strengthen Maryland’s Economy

March 10, 2017 by Christopher Meyer
As one disappointing revenue estimate after another came in last fall, it became increasingly clear that this would be a difficult year for Maryland’s state budget. Governor Hogan’s proposed budget… read more

Earned Income Tax Credit Leaves Single Taxpayers Behind

February 24, 2017 by Natalie Neill
Over the next couple of months, as Marylanders file their income taxes and many anxiously wait for state refunds, legislators will be considering whether to expand the state’s Earned Income… read more

Maryland’s State Tax Policies Reduce Some Inequality but Have a Long Way to Go

February 7, 2017 by Ellen Hutton
State tax policies often are a culprit in increasing income inequality. Maryland now ranks 24th in the nation for income disparity between the richest 5 percent of households and the… read more