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. 

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Federal funding in the state budget

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
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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

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

Trump Tax Framework Would Give Away Trillions in Tax Breaks to Millionaires

August 24, 2017 by Christopher Meyer
The Trump administration and congressional leaders are gearing up to overhaul the federal tax code this fall. While many of the details remain fuzzy, one thing is clear: the administration’s… read more

Trump Budget Proposal Threatens Needed Investments in Western Maryland

June 28, 2017 by Christopher Meyer
The President’s budget calls for deep cuts to federal services that support Maryland’s economy and the economy of Western Maryland in particular. These cuts will fall especially hard on the… read more

Federal Aid Supports Essential State and Local Investments in Maryland

June 12, 2017 by Christopher Meyer
As weak revenues continue to make it challenging for Maryland’s state and local governments to provide the services we all rely on, policy developments in Washington threaten to make things… read more

Trump’s Education Budget: Less Support for Schools, Heavier Student Debt Burdens

June 9, 2017 by Christopher Meyer
The Trump administration’s budget proposal calls for deep cuts to K-12 and higher education that would hamper the state’s ability to provide an excellent education to all Maryland children. These… read more

President’s Budget Doubles Down on Massive Medicaid Cuts

June 5, 2017 by Natalie Neill
Despite campaign promises to leave Medicaid untouched, President Trump’s proposed budget doubles down on harmful cuts included in the House Republican healthcare bill passed in May. On top of the… read more