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Rawlings-Blake vetoes bill aimed at reducing small-business fees
Rawlings-Blake vetoes bill aimed at reducing small-business fees

In Baltimore, some business owners say they're constantly nagged by city fees for making improvements to their stores. Add a bike rack outside? There's a fee for that. Put up a security camera? Another fee. Add more lighting? There's a fee for that, too. That's why some are expressing disappointment that Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake used her first veto since taking office in 2010 to strike down a bill aimed at reducing or eliminating many of the so-called "minor privilege" fees the city charges. In all, the annual fees generate $2.7 million a year. "I don't think there was any justification for the mayor vetoing the bill," said City...

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