Mayor is exactly right on budget

Kudos to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake for facing the un-glamorous reality in her State of the City address this week ("Mayor takes a risk," Feb. 12).

It pains me as a life-long resident to have grown pessimistic about the outlook for Baltimore City. Despite regional and national trends, city government has become an anchor preventing us from moving forward and making progress. The way the city delivers services is so firmly rooted in the past, and guarded by narrow special interests, that it is out of alignment with the citizens and those most in need.

As Mayor Rawlings-Blake eloquently summed up, we cannot make progress without a foundation of long-term fiscal sustainability and accountability in city government. Let's hope the mayor and City Council can summon the courage to move forward with reform.

Mark Counselman, Baltimore

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