A Home for Immigrant Women in the Sustainable Energy Economy

A Home for Immigrant Women in the Sustainable Energy Economy

The Wizard of Oz was one of my favorite movies as kid growing up in Trinidad. I liked thinking that a magical storm could take you somewhere new, where you could meet fun new friends and even take your pet dog along. Heck, even a new pair of shiny red shoes awaited...
When Travel Means Putting Your Life on the Line

When Travel Means Putting Your Life on the Line

Millions of Americans travel overseas every year, whether it’s across the border to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls or Tijuana or to more exotic locales. But nobody expects to die violently while abroad, and especially not a 17-year old. That’s what happened to...
The Millennial Generation’s Literacy Crisis

The Millennial Generation’s Literacy Crisis

Summer is a time of endings and beginnings. For most of the approximately 1.8 million people who just graduated from college, this season marks the end of at least 17 years of formal education and the launch of their careers. My career started a little sooner than...
Solar-Powered Friars

Solar-Powered Friars

If you visit the Franciscan Friars Conventual of Ellicott City, Maryland, you’ll notice a large solar array standing in one of their fields. The friars have dramatically reduced their electricity bill, but that’s not the primary reason they invested in renewable...
Re-entering Society — and the Voting Booth

Re-entering Society — and the Voting Booth

Following the recent uprising in Baltimore, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan promised that he’d work to reduce crime in the state. He also affirmed that Marylanders who’d been convicted of felonies and done their time should be able to reenter society as free citizens....
Hogan’s Maryland: Open for Big Business

Hogan’s Maryland: Open for Big Business

  Driving home to Baltimore from a meeting with a potential new customer one cold February afternoon, my wife and I chuckled when we crossed the state border. In addition to “Maryland Welcomes You,” our state’s “Enjoy Your Visit!”...
Taxing the Chesapeake Bay

Taxing the Chesapeake Bay

Growing up in Jarrettsville, I didn’t realize how lucky I was to live close to many wonderous parks, farms and other natural wonders. And I remember becoming a Brownie in the Girl Scouts by crossing the bridge at Friendship Park in Forest Hill. It symbolized growing...
Film: The Truth About Our Youth Premiere

Film: The Truth About Our Youth Premiere

The Institute for Policy Studies proudly joins Just Kids Maryland to invite you to a free screening of the original film, The Truth About Our Youth, a look at Maryland’s youth in the adult criminal justice system. The film examines this practice through the...
Maryland Legislative Review

Maryland Legislative Review

Governor O’ Malley and our representatives in the General Assembly will be gathering in Annapolis in January to deal with serious state budget problems and address statewide policy needs in an election year. The 2014 legislature must also be ready to react to...
Spending is Not Growth: The Case Against GDP

Spending is Not Growth: The Case Against GDP

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is a measure of final market value of goods/services produced by a country in a specific time period—nothing more, nothing less. It is easy, however, to fall under the misconception that GDP is a reliable indicator of economic growth or of...
Advancing Genuine Progress

Advancing Genuine Progress

Note: The McClatchy-Tribune News Service distributed this op-ed, which appeared in newspapers across the United States. To many Americans, the recession seemed to come out of nowhere. In late 2004, the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was soaring at a robust rate of over...