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2017 Annapolis Report

By Marc Kilmer

Published on Wednesday, August 16, 2017

No Need To Interfere in Prescription Drug Market

By Marc Kilmer

Published on Monday, October 17, 2016

2016 Annapolis Report

By Marc Kilmer, Marco Orsimarsi

Published on Thursday, June 16, 2016

Introduction The 2016 General Assembly is notable more for what did not happen than for what did. In many cases, legislators failed to advance major legislation, which in the cases of tax relief or redistricting reform, did not serve the people of Maryland. In other cases, however, Maryland is better off because legislators declined to enact policies such as a sick leave mandate that would have placed yet another hidden tax on workers. This report attempts to sum up and evaluate legislators’ actions and inactions in major policy areas. The mission of the Maryland Public Policy Institute is to promote public policies at all levels of government based on principles of free enterprise, limited government, and civil society. Our analysis of legislative sessions has been consistent with that mission. We note cases when legislation reduces the freedom of Marylanders or expands government intervention in our lives, and praise legislation that is consistent with our mission. Methodology Assigning grades to legislation is a subjective process. We cannot consider every bill passed by the General Assembly, much less every bill introduced by legislators. We have tried to give an overview of the most important bills considered in certain broad subject areas, as well as some lower-profile bills that we believe merit attention. We judge the actions of Maryland legislators based on whether they are promoting free enterprise, limited government, and civil society.

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2014 Annapolis Report

By Marc Kilmer, John J. Walters

Published on Tuesday, September 16, 2014

In the 2014 session of the General Assembly, legislators passed hundreds of bills. As in past years, legislators introduced many more bills that would have made both large and small changes to Maryland law. Much of the legislation that did pass dealt with minor areas of law or changed local laws. However, legislators did approve some bills that will bring significant changes in the coming decades.

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The Affordable Care Act will make insurance less affordable

Originally published in the Baltimore Sun

By Marc Kilmer

Published on Monday, August 5, 2013

With full implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) less than two months away, Marylanders may expect their health insurance to become more affordable. It's right there in the title of the law, after all. However, if you plan on buying an individual insurance plan through Maryland's state exchange, you will probably be paying more for insurance, thanks to the ACA.

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How often should the referendum be used?

Originally published in the Daily Times

By Marc Kilmer

Published on Monday, June 24, 2013

Let the voice of the people be heard clearly and often The ultimate source of authority in our political system lies with the people.

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Myth versus Fact on the Gas Tax Increase

By Marc Kilmer

Published on Friday, March 22, 2013

MYTH:  The money raised through the higher gas tax would only be used for transportation projects. FACT: In recent years, governors and legislators have diverted $1 billion from the Transportation Trust Fund to pay for other projects. Absent a constitutional ban on doing so, ongoing deficits make it likely legislators will be tempted to take more money from the Transportation Trust Fund in the future.

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Delegate Conway needs to focus on spending cuts

Originally published in DelmarvaNow.com

By Marc Kilmer

Published on Wednesday, February 27, 2013

I have no doubt that Delegate Norman H. Conway is a man of great integrity and character, as a recent Daily Times story says, but he has been responsible for spending policies that are harmful to Maryland and the Lower Shore.

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