Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake sent a letter to Governor Hogan requesting $150 million over the next five years to help revitalize the City. The funds would be used to address vacant properties. economic development efforts, transportation needs, and schools.
As reported by the Baltimore Sun,
“Today I wrote to put forth a partnership proposal based not only on my experiences of successes and challenges running the City; but more importantly, based on the first-hand knowledge of what my City needs right now,” the mayor wrote. The $150 million in state aid would be dedicated to workforce training and re-entry services; economic and community development; public transportation; health; and recreation and parks, said Rawlings-Blake, a Democrat.
The Governor has not commented on the letter, but a spokesman, Doug Mayer, has indicated they have the same goals.
“Clearly the governor and the Mayor are committed to many of the same goals, whether it is much needed blight reduction, economic development, lasting improvements in the city’s transit system, addressing the heroin epidemic or working to support public charter schools to ensure that every child has access to a great education,” Mayer said in a statement. “For Maryland to be successful Baltimore has to be successful and the governor is dedicated to moving forward with affordable, common sense solutions to the city’s challenges.”