Either way, the costs for the city could go up, he warned.

"It's a much more complicated thing than people tend to believe," he said. "You have to build fairly robust relief valves if you're going to work with contractors."

Ryan O'Doherty, a spokesman for Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, said the administration looks forward to "looking closely at the bill as part of the legislative process."

"Mayor Rawlings-Blake and the City Council have worked hard to increase job opportunities for City residents on contracts through the Mayor's Employ Baltimore initiative," he said in an email. "It requires contractors to work with the City's Office of Employment Development [to] match employment with qualified city residents. And there's always room for improvement."

Joann Logan, a spokeswoman for the Baltimore Development Corp., said the organization has not yet reviewed Young's proposal, and couldn't comment on it.





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