Baltimore City Council Overrides Mayoral Veto to Fund Youth Programs

The Baltimore City Council has overturned the Mayor’s veto of Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young’s bill to create a special account to fund enrichment programs for youth.

The charter amendment to authorize the program will now go before voters in November. This is the first veto in override in 34 years.

As reported in The Baltimore Sun:

Young’s legislation authorizes an amendment to the city charter requiring 3 percent of the city’s discretionary spending to be earmarked for youth programs. If the charter amendment is approved by voters, Young projects it would generate about $30 million a year for programs for children and teens.

Young expects to draft legislation to create a panel to recommend how to spend the money. The administration has estimated the amount would be closer to $11 million, depending on how discretionary spending is defined.

The council voted 15-0 to override the veto Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake issued this month. Political observers attributed the vote to Rawlings-Blake’s decision not to seek re-election.

For more information read the full article in The Baltimore Sun.

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