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Baltimore City Council members say budget must include Safe Streets funding

Baltimore City Council members say budget must include Safe Streets funding

Several Baltimore City Council members said Friday they will not support a budget for next year that does not include funding for the Safe Streets violence prevention program.

Safe Streets, credited with curbing violence through mediation at offices in four city neighborhoods, could close if the city does come up with $1.5 million, said Councilman Brandon Scott, chairman of the Public Safety Committee.

He called an emergency hearing Friday at City Hall to discuss Safe Streets because Mayor Catherine Pugh's $2.8 billion budget proposal — released in March — does not include funding for the program.

"We shouldn't be having this discussion with the amount of...

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