The House of Delegates approved legislation Tuesday that would provide a predictable flow of increased funding for neighborhood revitalization in metropolitan Baltimore.
The House voted, 97-39, in favor of financing the Baltimore Regional Initiative Program, though several Republicans said they mistakenly voted yes and later changed their vote.
The measure would add $12 million to the capital budget starting in the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2017. The legislation is a mandated appropriation — the type opposed by Republican Gov. Larry Hogan.
Sponsored by Baltimore Democratic Del. Pete Hammen, the bill is a top priority of House Speaker Michael E. Busch, an Anne Arundel County Democrat.
The program's stated goal is to provide strategic investment in housing and businesses in neighborhoods in need of revitalization. The program is targeted at Baltimore and neighborhoods inside the beltway in Baltimore and Anne Arundel counties.
The program was launched as a pilot in 2013 and received $3 million in funding in 2014 but has not received more than $4 million a year since then. This year's legislation would more than triple the funding of the program.
The legislation now goes to the Senate, where a companion bill is awaiting committee action.