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

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

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