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Baltimore's crane drain

Baltimore's crane drain

Hats off to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and other top city officials for not blowing their tops when word came down last week that language included in the Senate's version of the state budget package would give a $2 million tax break to Ports America Chesapeake — all of it coming straight out of the city's coffers. Considering other budgetary setbacks the city has suffered in recent weeks, from the nine-figure schools deficit to a $9.2 million shortfall in anticipated revenue from the Horseshoe Casino, such restraint must not have come easily.

Here's what happened. Ports America, which has operated the Seagirt Marine Terminal for the state under a private-public...