Addressing Inequality in Maryland

Addressing Inequality in Maryland

Nyla is a happy, energetic fourth-grader. She lives with her mom in Orchard Beach, a leafy Ann Arundel County neighborhood. She plays with her friends on their tree-lined street. A few years ago, before her family moved there, Nyla was hospitalized every two months...
Report: Closing the Inequality Divide

Report: Closing the Inequality Divide

DOWNLOAD THE REPORT Most Americans didn’t see it coming. Back at the end of 2004, our nation’s leading economic indicator, the Gross Domestic Product, was soaring along at a robust rate of over 4 percent per year. The prospects for continued prosperity,...
Inequality Is Hurting Us All

Inequality Is Hurting Us All

Inequality hurts us all. Imagine if you could go back 45 years to 1968. That year, after three decades of creative policy from President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal through President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society, the United States was one of the...
Shell-shocked Again, this Time because of Aurora

Shell-shocked Again, this Time because of Aurora

The night of Friday, July 20 was destined to make headlines — but never for this. After three years of spiraling anticipation, the premier of The Dark Knight Rises was supposed to be the pinnacle of the American movie-going experience. But, in the aftermath of...
The African-American Swing State

The African-American Swing State

The list of 2012 swing states includes Ohio, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Florida, Nevada, Iowa, Virginia, North Carolina, and Colorado. Whichever candidate carries these “battlegrounds,” where neither presidential candidate currently has a clear lead, will...
Workshop: Genuine Progress Indicator

Workshop: Genuine Progress Indicator

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is widely considered an appropriate measurement of economic prosperity. But GDP rises even when increased production results in bad things, like crime, pollution, nuclear waste and toxins. Is there a better measure? Called the Genuine...
Lockheed Throws Its Weight Around (Again)

Lockheed Throws Its Weight Around (Again)

In Montgomery County, Maryland — just outside of Washington, DC — the county executive recently proposed, as a part of his annual budget, a no-strings-attached grant of $900,000 to Lockheed Martin, the largest military contractor in the world. Citizens of...

A Better Way of Measuring Progress in Maryland

As the 99 percent becomes more aware of America’s scourge of income inequality and its adverse effects, the nation is awakening to the idea that the status quo favoring the wealthy and corporations isn’t in our best interest. The notion that “a...

Maryland’s Air Quality Raises Serious Questions

A few weeks ago, I took my son and one of his friends to a birthday party. As we headed there, I eavesdropped on their conversation. They were comparing soccer skills, and why my son’s friend wasn’t quite as fast as he was on the field. His friend lowered...

A New Set of Tools for Measuring Economic Progress

Maryland’s government is embracing an alternative way to monitor the state’s wellbeing called the Genuine Progress Indicator, which brings depth to the analysis of the state’s economic growth. At the Institute for Policy Studies, we are looking for...
Measuring Progress

Measuring Progress

Tent cities and shacks sprung up on empty lots across the country. Food lines at soup kitchens wrapped around city blocks. Unemployment soared to 25 percent. Farmers watched helplessly as crop prices plummeted, then lost their land. The evidence was clear, yet at the...
A Dagger Pointed at Maryland’s Peace Movement

A Dagger Pointed at Maryland’s Peace Movement

It’s “a dagger pointed directly at the heart of Montgomery County,” warned County Executive Ike Leggett. Huh? Was there a do-it-yourself bomb shop in Bethesda? An open sewer in Silver Spring? An organization dedicated to teaching kids in Chevy Chase...
The Dawning of GDP’s Hegemony

The Dawning of GDP’s Hegemony

Maryland’s government is embracing an alternative way to monitor the state’s wellbeing called the Genuine Progress Indicator, which brings depth to the analysis of the state’s economic growth. At the Institute for Policy Studies, we are looking for...
Diplomas vs. Deportation

Diplomas vs. Deportation

When a group of undocumented young people took the stage at an immigration reform rally outside the White House in late July, they had a catchy chant: “Hey, Obama, don’t deport my mama!” High school students dominated the crowd, which included...