The Maryland Public Policy Institute
In 2010, after grappling with a decade of structural deficits and two years of recession, Maryland's Spending Affordability Committee (SAC) questioned its 30-year record on limiting state spending.
This paper examines the primary taxpayer subsidies for the initial phase of Baltimore City’s State Center, a project proposed to replace the current state facilities in mid-town Baltimore bordering Preston Street. Led by a public-private partnership, the project envisions a mixed-use complex containing state and private office space, retail and dining space, mixed-income housing, and a parking garage. The project has attracted significant attention as well as litigation due to its scope and expense. Lost in the debate, however, is a careful accounting of the project’s potential cost to the public. In what follows, we estimate and report this cost.
A request from the Maryland Department of General Services and the Maryland Department of Transportation that we withdraw our State Center, Phase 1 report.
A response from Jeff Hooke and Gabriel J. Michael -- authors of the State Center, Phase 1 report -- to the letter from the Maryland Maryland Department of General Services and the Maryland Department of Transportation that we withdraw our report.
The nation's health care sector undertook a massive overhaul with the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) in early 2010. One of the areas ACA affected most was the sale of health insurance. The law imposes a variety of new regulations on the sale of insurance and also directs states to establish new marketplaces for consumer purchase of insurance. These new marketplaces, called health insurance exchanges, are supposed to be operational by 2014.
Our current governor has paid no attention to the severe problem of youth unemployment in Maryland. The national rate of youth unemployment is about twice the general rate of unemployment, and the rate among blacks twice that among the total youth population: 40 percent, resembling London’s neighborhoods where there were major civic disturbances among the Afro-Caribbean population. The proposition that “idle hands do the devil’s work” is familiar: “flash mobs” have organized on the Internet in American cities like Philadelphia.