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. 

Spotlight

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

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

How Immigration Policy Shapes Maryland’s Communities, Economy

January 31, 2017 by MDCEP
The Maryland we know today exists because of people who came here, and continue to come here, from around the world to build their lives and raise their families. In… read more

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

January 24, 2017 by MDCEP
As a whole, the governor’s proposed budget for fiscal 2018 fails to make the investments we need to continue to move our state forward. While the proposal makes some efforts… read more

Will the Governor’s Budget Address the State’s Unmet Needs?

January 17, 2017 by Natalie Neill
This morning, Gov. Larry Hogan set the stage for another year of missed opportunities for investing in Maryland’s future as he promised his next budget will provide even less money… read more

Maryland’s Budget Leaves Unmet Needs

January 17, 2017 by MDCEP
Investing in Maryland supports a healthier state economy Maryland’s budget is perhaps its most important policy document – a reflection of our values as a state. The spending decisions that… read more

Shortsighted Cuts Won’t Solve Maryland’s Budget Woes

January 4, 2017 by Christopher Meyer
The governor’s budget proposal, expected later this month, is likely to include some cuts to the public services that Marylanders rely on. This move won’t change the fact that, in… read more

Job Creation Tax Credits Fail to Deliver

January 2, 2017 by Natalie Neill
A pair of Maryland job creation tax credits is doing little to boost the state’s economy, at the expense of state investments that would support economic growth. The Job Creation… read more

What the Election Results Mean for Maryland

November 22, 2016 by Benjamin Orr
  This election cycle has been hard on everyone. But now that it is over, we must look ahead to how potential changes in federal policies will affect Maryland. The… read more

Maryland Must Preserve Critical Investments When Addressing Budget Shortfall

October 28, 2016 by Natalie Neill
Without major changes in the economy or state fiscal practices, Maryland policymakers will continue to face small budget shortfalls each year, the Department of Legislative Services told the General Assembly’s… read more