2018 Maryland Legislative Session Policy Orientation
Join top elected officials, business executives, and engaged citizens for a high-impact policy orientation on the most pressing issues heading into the 2018 legislative session. With less than a year before Maryland’s next election, the summit will feature government decision-makers and business influencers who are driving critical policy decisions across the state. The summit is hosted by the Maryland Public Policy Institute - a leading nonpartisan public policy research and education organization in Maryland.
Money Bail in Maryland: Should it stay or should it go?
On February 7, 2017, the Maryland Court of Appeals adopted a landmark rule to end the practice of holding criminal defendants in jail before their trial of they cannot afford bail.
The Maryland Public Policy Institute has already influenced the conversation over bail reform with a widely-read and shared op-ed, published in the Washington Post, in December 2016.
Save the Date!
The Maryland Public Policy Institute invites you to the “Improving Maryland's Business Climate” reception and dinner featuring introductory remarks from Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and keynote address by Maryland Department of Commerce Secretary Mike Gill.
To celebrate its 15th anniversary, the Institute will bring together top policymakers, business leaders, and citizens to shine a light on improving the business climate and economic growth in Maryland.
Hon. Steve Schuh
Anne Arundel County Executive
Christine A. Ross
President & CEO
Maryland Chamber of Commerce
The Westin Annapolis
November 3, 2016
General & VIP Reception 6:30 pm | Dinner 7:30 pm
*Limited seating available.
EVENT: The Baltimore City Property Tax: How much should we cut?
Almost everyone agrees that Baltimore City’s property tax rate – roughly twice that of any other jurisdiction in Maryland— is an obstacle to the city’s renewal and its efforts to attract new residents and create greater economic opportunity.
What few can agree on, however, is how much the city needs to cut its tax rate to be competitive, how to achieve such cuts, and where they should be targeted. Current public policy offers tax breaks for developers to promote building. Critics say breaks should be extended to all residents. Still others say targeted rate cuts for families or newcomers or requiring nonprofits, who don’t pay property taxes, to start would encourage more people and businesses to move to the city.
At the Maryland Policy Forum, we think the way to find the best public policy solution to Baltimore City’s tax problem is through vigorous debate. And we know a thriving Baltimore City benefits everyone in the state in terms of higher tax revenue and lower subsidies. Don’t miss the free debate central to the city and state’s future.
EVENT: A Better Way to Restore the Chesapeake Bay
The Maryland Public Policy Institute will host the panel discussion: A Better Way to Restore the Chesapeake Bay, a policy forum on the most sensible policies for addressing Chesapeake Bay pollution and the health of the Bay.
Maryland officials expect to spend over $14 billion in the next decade to meet EPA pollution mitigation targets for the Chesapeake Bay by 2025. Yet Maryland has pointedly ignored a single, enormous source of the pollutants—the massive amount of water-scoured sediment and trapped nitrogen and phosphorus behind the Susquehanna River’s Conowingo Dam. Periodic discharges from the dam, such as the one following Tropical Storm Lee in 2011, spill enormous amounts of sediment and nutrients into the Bay, dwarfing the most optimistic cleanup targets that have been set for the watershed.
What should Maryland do to reduce Chesapeake Bay pollution, and is current policy too much or too little?
Business Summit on Improving Maryland's Economic Competitiveness
Business Summit Breakfast on
Improving Maryland’s Economic Competitiveness
February 21, 2013 from 8-10am
Can Maryland Tax Its Way to Prosperity?
State tax collections are 53 percent higher than in 2000, yet Maryland continues to face $1 billion - plus structural deficits each year with no end in sight.
In the past decade, the state has turned to higher taxes as the only means to span the difference between spending and revenue. Large hikes in 2007 and again this year make the state's tax rates the highest in the region and some of the highest in the country. During this time, a steady stream of high earners has left the state, replaced by fewer people making significantly less money according to IRS and Census data. Is this cycle sustainable?
Join the Maryland Public Policy Institute to discuss whether raising taxes is the key to economic growth or a recipe for fiscal disaster.
Charles Carroll of Carrollton Award Dinner
The Maryland Public Policy Institute is dedicated to promoting the principles of our Founding Fathers. We know that the liberties we enjoy today are the result of their courage and sacrifice.
That is why the Institute believes it is fitting to honor Maryland’s greatest patriot, Charles Carroll, who helped secure the freedom of this country through his thought and action.
Lowering Baltimore City’s Property Tax Rate
Many people love city life. But Baltimore City's property tax rate - at least twice that of the rest of the state - often makes it financially impossible for people and businesses to choose. The situation is so bad the city's chief economic developer said recently that projects would not be built if not for tax and other breaks given to developers.
Hundreds of millions of dollars in incentives to developers has not turned the city around, however. It lost 30,000 people and 53,000 jobs in the past 10 years following decades of outmigration. These figures have made many residents question the city's development strategy and pushed lowering property taxes to the top priority of most mayoral candidates this year.
Please join the Maryland Public Policy Institute at a forum to hear competing plans for lowering property taxes from mayoral candidates and other civic leaders as well as alternative plans for reviving the city.