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’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

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