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

Scheduled Minimum Wage Bump Helps Working Marylanders, Doesn’t Go Far Enough

June 29, 2017 by Christopher Meyer
Many of Maryland’s lowest-paid workers will get a pay raise Saturday thanks to a scheduled increase in the state’s minimum wage to $9.25 per hour (though tipped workers will still… read more

Maryland Families Would Lose Access to Affordable Housing Under Trump’s Budget

June 16, 2017 by Ellen Hutton
President Trump’s budget proposal includes significant, damaging cuts to housing and community development programs. These programs help seniors, veterans, individuals with disabilities and families afford decent housing, and work to… read more

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

Expanding Home Care Options in Maryland

May 24, 2017 by Christopher Meyer
Paying Independent Home Care Aides Appropriately Would Bring Real Benefits at an Affordable Price Introduction and Summary Home care aides provide vital care to thousands of Marylanders who have difficulty… 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

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