The Baltimore City Council is expected to vote today in favor of a $660 million financing package for Under Armour CEO's massive Port Covington project — one of the most hotly debated issues the lawmakers have faced in years.
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.
Retiring City Councilwoman Helen Holton sees "passion and compassion" in Kristerfer Burnett, and she believes he is the best person to represent the West Baltimore communities she has served for the last 20 years.
Candidates running for Baltimore City Council say they are surprised and concerned after seeing they were endorsed by a political action committee that has been distributing negative materials against former Mayor Sheila Dixon, a leading mayoral candidate.
The Rawlings-Blake administration is scaling back the amount it would pay lawyers this year to represent the city in the federal investigation of the Baltimore Police Department — part of a compromise that also untangles money promised to Freddie Gray's family.
For the first time in a generation, the Baltimore City Council overturned a mayoral veto Monday, asking voters to decide in November if the city should create a special account to fund enrichment programs for children and teenagers.
Reginald "Reggie" Fugett — brother-in-law of Orioles center fielder Adam Jones and son of former Redskins tight end Jean Fugett Jr. — is jumping in the crowded City Council race to serve West Baltimore.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Wednesday accused City Council members of playing "political" games with money for outside lawyers in the federal investigation of the Baltimore Police Department — putting in jeopardy the $6.4 million settlement for Freddie Gray's family.
A key Baltimore City Council panel refused Tuesday to hear the Rawlings-Blake administration's plans to spend $2 million for legal help in a police probe — leaving the $6.4 million settlement for Freddie Gray's family hanging in the balance.
In a combative appearance before the Baltimore City Council, Baltimore Schools CEO Gregory Thornton said Monday that the district is having difficulty retaining principals — but chided the city for not providing more money for its public schools.
When it comes to women's representation in politics, particularly African American women, Baltimore City is queen. Take the 2011 Baltimore City mayoral election, where not only was the winner an African American female (then-appointed Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake), so was her closest competitor (state Sen. Catherine Pugh).
City Councilman Carl Stokes held a hearing Wednesday calling on the Department of Public Works to halt water shut-off efforts against residential customers until the agency has shut off water or collected past-due bills from the commercial customers that owe millions of dollars in unpaid bills.
The City Council's budget committee signed off Friday on the Baltimore public school system's spending plan for next year after grilling CEO Gregory Thornton about 59 layoffs nobody wanted. Thornton said he had done all he could to keep the council informed and to minimize the number of layoffs. "This is not a slash-and-burn budget," he said.
A City Council committee on Tuesday declined to approve hundreds of millions of dollars for Baltimore's schools, saying education officials had misled them to believe layoffs would be limited to central office staff — then sent pink slips to 59 school-based employees.
A City Council committee on Thursday declined to endorse a $58 million subsidy for a mixed-use development in West Baltimore's Poppleton neighborhood, but advanced the deal anyway for the full City Council to consider Monday.
Stores near Baltimore schools would be banned from selling menthol cigarettes or flavored cigars, under legislation being considered by the City Council to discourage underage kids from picking up the habit.