maryland public policy institute

Mar 10, 2017

Maryland has a budget problem — but no one can agree on why

ANNAPOLIS — Despite Maryland’s apparent prosperity, the state has a perennial budget problem. Maryland is in the top 10 for average annual wage and an unemployment rate a half-percent below the national average. But it also has a structural deficit expected to reach $1.2 billion by fiscal year 2022. And on Thursday, the state’s Board […]

Jul 28, 2014

State pension system doubles up on expected returns

State pension officials are lauding returns on investments that are nearly double the target for the retirement fund for about 331,000 retired and active state employees and teachers.

Nov 3, 2013

State dismisses report on underfunded pensions

The state pension system continues to be inadequately funded, according to a report released by the Maryland Public Policy Institute.

Sep 16, 2013

Maryland’s richest of rich staying in the state

Eight of America’s richest reside in Maryland, representing a combined $20 billion in net worth, according to the Forbes 400 list of wealthiest Americans released Monday.

Jul 29, 2013

Eye Opener: Former Ehrlich aide turned author

A few government and politics headlines for Monday.

Jul 28, 2013

Policy group: Some jurisdictions going about implementing rain tax the wrong way

A Maryland policy think tank says new stormwater fees imposed by Baltimore and nine counties could theoretically help reduce development’s negative impact on Chesapeake Bay water quality.

Jul 10, 2013

In new study of state economies, Md. brings up the middle

Depending on one’s party affiliation, Maryland is either an economic powerhouse or a national laggard with serious business-climate issues.

Dec 19, 2012

Group says casino license is a steal

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland’s casino operators are licensed at a fraction of the fair market value for such an award, according to a report released Wednesday by policy analysts. The Maryland Public Policy Institute and Maryland Tax Education Foundation calculate that the Prince George’s County casino license approved by the General Assembly and Gov. Martin O’Malley […]

Oct 8, 2012

Dueling studies released on proposed gambling expansion

Up to $1.6 billion in Maryland money has been spent at a West Virginia casino in the last decade, according to a study paid for by proponents of expanding gambling in the Free State, making it vital that voters approve table games and a sixth casino.

Sep 30, 2012

Maryland benefit systems in peril

Maryland counties are funding only about 50 percent of their retiree pension and benefit systems, according to a study by the Maryland Public Policy Institute, in part because almost no local money is being spent on some post-employment benefits.

Jul 5, 2012

Marc Kilmer: What now for health care reform in Maryland?

The Supreme Court found no constitutional objections to most of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or, as some prefer, “Obamacare”). The constitutional question may be settled, but the policy debate remains, at least on the state level. State policymakers are still tasked with implementing this law. In light of the court decision, what should they […]

Aug 30, 2011

The property tax shuffle

One of the top questions in this year’s mayoral race is how to lower the city’s residential property tax rate, the highest in Maryland at $2.268 per $100 of assessed value. All of the candidates have a plan. And those plans are repeatedly bashed on the campaign trail by the candidates in a round robin […]

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