As protesters decried a cut in library funding, the Baltimore City Council on Monday gave final approval to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's $2.6 billion operating budget — which includes a property tax cut and shrinks city government to its smallest size in decades.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and City Council leaders reached a budget deal Friday, likely averting a threatened government shutdown and preserving $4.2 million in youth funding, a spokesman for City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young said.
The Baltimore City Council is poised to pass new tax credits for low-income seniors on Monday — a move City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young argues is only fair for a government that often provides subsidies for the projects of wealthy developers.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Thursday the City Council's threat to shut down government over a youth funding dispute is "dysfunctional grandstanding" that could result in real harm to residents.
If the Baltimore City Council is serious about boosting funding for youth after-school programs it needs to redouble efforts to negotiate a compromise with the Rawlings-Blake administration and knock off the talk about government shutdowns.
The Baltimore City Council began to undergo a monumental shift Tuesday as a number of younger, novice politicians were poised to win Democratic nominations that historically secure victories in November's general election.
Voters in Baltimore will head to the polls Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. to select a candidate in the hotly contested mayor's race, pick 15 members to serve on the City Council and choose a comptroller.
Months after asking the U.S. Department of Justice to reform the Baltimore police force, Commissioner Anthony W. Batts went before a City Council committee to detail how much force officers used during arrests.
City Council Vice Chairman Edward Reisinger faces three Democratic challengers in the April 26 primary to hold on to his South Baltimore seat that stretches from Carroll Park to Cherry Hill and Curtis Bay.