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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 wi...

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The Baltimore City Property Tax: How much should it be 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...

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The Future of the Purple Line

The Maryland Public Policy Institute and partners will host a nonpartisan debate on the proposed Purple Line and its alternatives on March 2 in Silver Spring. Larry Hogan’s election as Governor of Maryland fundamentally altered policymaking in Maryland and transportation policy...

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A Better Way to Restore the Chesapeake Bay

Maryland officials expect that it will cost 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 a...

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Maryland Public Education: The Challenges Ahead

The Maryland Public Policy Institute hosts a debate on Common Core, universal Pre-K and the role of charter schools. Common Core is a subject of hot debate from all sides of the political spectrum, universal Pre-K is on the platform of a number of gubernatorial candidates as well...

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