, which is that Baltimore Housing doesn't have the money to pay the judgments. "It's only been within the last couple weeks that the Housing Authority has made clear that they will never pay, voluntarily, any of the judgments," says David Albright, a lawyer representing people who say they have been injured by lead paint exposure. Baltimore City was the first in the nation to prohibit the use of lead-based paint mixes inside dwellings. That was in 1951. But in the six decades since then, the city did little to enforce lead abatement codes in the city's housing stock—or clean up the lead in its own buildings. The nation's fifth-largest housing authority—with a budget totaling $300 million annually—had other priorities. The authority has spent some $3.8 million during the past four years on legal maneuvering to escape the judgments, by Calvert's count. The legislators offer to help the city find the money to pay, while scolding Rawlings-Blake and Graziano. "Every dollar spent on frivolous and delaying legal tactics is also one less dollar available for the capital and operating budget needs of HABC," the three legislators write. "Clearly, HABC needs to get its priorities straight." Says Albright: "The key thing is the Housing Authority can't forget about the children who have been brain damaged because of lead paint."