Maryland Center on Economic Policy is a left-of-center organization in Maryland focused on primarily fiscal matters. Though the organization claims to be non-partisan, it has generally supported liberal positions. The organization has been vocal in support of tax increases to support the recommendations of the Kirwan Commission, a commission of 26 members who were to develop a new public-school funding formula.
Benjamin Orr, a veteran of other left-of-center think tanks, is the executive director of the Maryland Center on Economic Policy. 
Taxes and Spending
The center generally supports initiatives that increase government spending and taxes.
In February 2020, the center released a fact sheet alleging that Maryland missed 2.8 billion dollars in taxable revenue. This fact sheet suggested that legislators attempt to “close the gap” by taking certain measures to increase tax revenue, such as levying a four percent tax on large businesses, increasing capital gains taxes higher than the federal level, and making the estate tax apply to a broader swath of Marylanders. 
In a February 2019 blog, the Center’s Christopher Meyer wrote a blog arguing against a proposal by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R) that would have given additional tax breaks to companies participating in the federal Opportunity Zones program. 
The center has aligned with teachers’ unions in supporting the recommendations of the Kirwan Commission along with broad tax hikes to support increased public K-12 and higher education funding. 
In a March 2018 blog post, the Center’s Christopher Meyer applauded the preliminary report of the Kirwan Commission as “ambitious” with special nods towards recommendations of the Commission to increase funding towards before/after school programming, summer learning, and mental health initiatives alongside raising teacher pay despite Maryland teachers being among the highest paid in the country.  
Maryland Fair Funding Coalition
Maryland Center on Economic Policy is a key leader in the Maryland Fair Funding Coalition which claims to “ensure that the state has the resources it needs to make significant new investments in education funding.” 
The coalition has provided the most resources in gearing grassroots supports for the goals of the Kirwan Commission which has supported dramatic tax hikes and increased spending towards low-performing public schools. The commission, established in 2016, was compromised of teachers, legislators, businesspeople, and county leaders to create a new funding scheme for public schools across the state to replace one that had been in use for roughly 20 years. The commission recommended a scheme that increased government spending by $3.8 billion and would be funded primarily by tax increases.  
Along with numerous labor unions representing teachers and other public-sector employees, the coalition includes a number of left-wing organizations such as Progressive Maryland, pro-illegal immigration group Casa De Maryland, left-of-center activist group Common Cause, left-wing Jewish activist organization Jews United for Justice, and racial reconciliation group Communities United. 
Maryland Center on Economic Policy has received $150,000 in grants from the Annie E. Casey Foundation and over $50,000 in grants from Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation, Eugene and Agnes E Meyer Foundation, and the Consumer Health Foundation. The center has also received over $40,000 in grants from the Greater Washington Community Foundation. 
Benjamin Orr is the executive director of Maryland Center on Economic Policy. Prior to his role with the Center, Orr worked for the Maryland Budget and Tax Policy Institute as a policy analyst and eventually the interim director. He has also previously worked for the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program on policy issues affecting the DC Metropolitan area, CUNY Institute for Demographic Research, New York Census Research Data Center, and John Jay College. He holds a graduate degree from Baruch College in New York.