Each year Maryland ranks among the wealthiest states with the best education system. Unfortunately, there are still great disparities in our state and despite working hard, many families struggle to be self-sufficient. In fact, of the 10 most common professions in Maryland, only two pay enough to fully support a family of three.
On November 13, the Job Opportunities Task Force, along with the Baltimore and Maryland CASH Campaigns and the Maryland Community Action Partnership, hosted a forum to address the true expense of living in such a wealthy state. Inspired by the findings of the “The Self-Sufficiency Standard for Maryland 2012” and the Corporation for Enterprise Development’s “Assets & Opportunity Scorecard,” the forum explored what it takes to get by in different Maryland counties. We examined the challenges low-wage workers face in today’s labor market as well as strategies for increasing the economic security of low-income families.
The event, held at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, featured panelists Dr. Diana Pearce, director for the Center for Women’s Welfare, Dr. Heidi Shierholz, an economist with the Economic Policy Institute and Ethan Geiling, a senior policy associate with the Corporation for Enterprise Development.