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Bernard C. Young

Rawlings-Blake vetoes youth fund, council president pledges to override

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake vetoed legislation Monday that would create a special account in Baltimore's budget for youth programs, citing an uncertain economic future.

The City Council is expected to override the veto — the first such action since 1982 — to give voters a chance to approve the charter amendment in November. The Children and Youth Fund would earmark 3 percent of the city's discretionary spending for programs for children and teens, amounting to $30 million in the current spending plan.

Rawlings-Blake said, however worthy the cause, earmarking a pot of money is bad fiscal policy that would tie the hands of future mayors. She warned that the city...