Economic Opportunity

Maryland can encourage economic prosperity by making purposeful investments in good schools, quality infrastructure and access to affordable health care.  These investments can help workers and families succeed and achieve economic security.  

MDCEP conducts research and analysis on how Maryland’s workers are faring in the economy and advocates for effective policies that foster broadly-shared prosperity.

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Maryland’s Safety Net Reduces Poverty, Helps Children Succeed and Boosts Our Economy

Nutrition assistance, tax credits, and other economic supports are working to keep thousands of Marylanders
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Bursting the Bubble: The Challenges of Working and Living in the National Capital Region

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Recent Economic Opportunity Publications

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

Maryland Lawmakers Can Improve Economic Security for Women

March 8, 2017 by Kali Schumitz
While women in Maryland are better off financially than their counterparts in other states, on average, they still only earn about 85 cents for every $1 men earn. The wage… 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

Struggling Maryland Families Get Less Child Care Help than Other States

February 15, 2017 by Christopher Meyer
The cost of child care is on the rise around the country, and Maryland families have it especially hard. Our child care costs are the fifth highest in the country,… read more

Healthy Working Families Act Protects Twice as Many Workers as Governor’s Proposal

February 2, 2017 by Christopher Meyer
Each time they get sick or need to care for a sick child, more than 700,000 working Marylanders are still forced to choose between their health and a day’s pay.… 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

Raising Local Minimum Wages to $15 Brings Big Benefits, Statewide Action Would Do More

January 18, 2017 by Christopher Meyer
Despite several years of modest growth since the Great Recession, the benefits of our state’s improving economy are still out of reach for the majority of Marylanders. Since 2007, hourly… 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

Maryland’s Fight Against Hunger is Not Over

December 7, 2016 by Natalie Neill
In the wealthiest state in the wealthiest country in the world, no one should go hungry. Yet, too many Maryland families still struggle to afford enough to eat. Federal- and… read more