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Will Rawlings-Blake follow through on pension reform?
Sometimes it seems that Baltimore is politically comatose. As this well written Sun editorial points out ("A wake-up call for the city," Feb. 8), real estate taxes are double that of the next highest municipality, income taxes are higher than any other municipality and at the legal limit, and schools and infrastructure are crumbling. We have a firmly entrenched bloated government bureaucracy which spends 20 percent of its budget on legacy costs and has $3.2 billion of unfunded pension liabilities. Desperate for income, its nickel-and-diming of citizens is legendary, with the latest example being the speed camera money grab.
February 13, 2013