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.


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

Bursting the Bubble: The Challenges of Working and Living in the National Capital Region

Living in the national capital region looks like it has its advantages. Employment levels are
Recent Economic Opportunity Publications

After Major Victory on Paid Sick Days, a Minimum Wage Increase is the Best Way to Support Working Marylanders

January 19, 2018 by Shamekka Kuykendall
Hundreds of thousands of Marylanders will soon be able to earn sick days, thanks to state lawmakers that overturned the governor’s veto. This is a major victory for working Marylanders… read more

Ending Protections for Honduran and Salvadoran Immigrants Would be a Blow to Maryland Communities

December 21, 2017 by Ellen Hutton
Thousands of immigrants from El Salvador and Honduras have made their homes in Maryland communities over the last two decades. Many of them are now able to work, go to… read more

Guaranteeing Earned Sick Days Is the Right Choice for a Healthy Economy

December 1, 2017 by Christopher Meyer
Each time they get sick or need to care for a sick child, 750,000 working Marylanders are still forced to choose between their health and a day’s pay because they… 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

State Should Act Swiftly to Guarantee Modestly Paid Workers Fair Pay for Long Hours

October 31, 2017 by Christopher Meyer
Every year, 233,000 Maryland workers with modest salaries put in long hours without getting paid for it. A regulation originally slated to take effect last year would have changed that… 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

Maryland’s Economy Is Making Progress, but Too Many Are Still Locked Out

September 20, 2017 by Christopher Meyer
Many families in Maryland saw their standard of living improve in 2016, according to census data released last week. At the same time, the damage from the Great Recession is… read more

For Many Marylanders, Prosperity is Still Out of Reach

August 28, 2017 by Ellen Hutton
Marylanders overall tend to fare better financially than the average American, according to the latest Prosperity Now Scorecard. However, even as prosperity increases in Maryland, the racial wealth gap continues… read more

Tenants Facing Eviction Deserve a Level Playing Field in Court

August 7, 2017 by Ellen Hutton
For low-income families throughout Maryland, finding an affordable place to live is an uphill battle. Rent has skyrocketed, three-quarters of people who qualify for housing assistance vouchers can’t get them… read more