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Community groups criticize city plan to divert $3 million in casino impact funds

Community groups criticize city plan to divert $3 million in casino impact funds

Baltimore officials plan to divert $3 million in anticipated casino revenue that had been earmarked for community improvements to replace a major artery in the city's underground steam pipe system.

The proposal has drawn criticism from local elected officials and community leaders who say it is a misuse of the funds to be generated by the new Horseshoe Casino Baltimore. They want the money to be used for neighborhood-oriented projects, such as walking trails or efforts to connect unemployed residents with jobs.

"Snatching $3 million from our neighborhoods to fix a steam pipe for noncommunity use is just wrong," said Keisha Allen, president of the Westport...

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