ACLU Pushes For Tax Increases To Fund Schools

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — There is talk of tax increases in Baltimore and it’s coming from the ACLU.  They say the sales tax and the meal-beverage tax need to go up to help fix city schools.

Kai Jackson explains close to $3 billion is needed.

The ACLU already outlined its vision for Baltimore City schools.  Now the organization says it has come up with a plan to pay for it.

Baltimore City schools are in dire need of help.  Many buildings are old and in need of repair or, in some cases, new schools are needed altogether.

“We think they’re in very poor condition,” said Bebe Verdery, ACLU Maryland.

The ACLU Maryland already gave an outline of the problem and its vision to fix city schools.  Now the Maryland Budget and Tax Policy Institute has a plan to pay for it.

The school system estimates it will cost $2.8 billion to fix, upgrade or even build new schools.  To pay for it, the ACLU proposes a one percent sales tax and a one percent meal and beverage tax in the city.  Revenue from slot machines in Baltimore,  if that ever happens, would also help fund schools.  Increased state funding is also proposed.

A spokesperson for the mayor issued a statement, saying, “The mayor’s task force on school construction will review and fully examine the recommendations as part of the effort.”

Wealthier jurisdictions like Montgomery, Prince George’s, Howard and Baltimore counties have more money to spend on school construction.

  • TJN

    Need your comments How can a great city like Baltimore be so poor?

  • KottaMan

    While you are at it, ACLU, how about fixing a lot of parents? You know, the ones who are not involved in their childrens’ school day, homework, or anything else. You know, the parents who do not value education and are sentencing their children to a lesser standard of living. You know, the ones who want the school system to raise their children.

  • Mike

    How about the ACLU paying for it.

  • james

    Has come to a point that the ACLU will start crafty policy without benefit of being an elected official and not accountable. I like Baltimore , I question it’s politicians and some of it’s policy but this is clearly in there realm. Who crafted this initiative talk about a cloak of secrecy it makes you wonder is this how we will craft unpopular public policy

  • Dallas Duvall

    Go right ahead tax whatever you want, as long as it’s in Baltimore City. I go to the city very seldom now, I would be even less likely to do so if this happens.

  • TISH


  • whatnow

    We already spend too much money trying to educate people who DO NOT WANT TO LEARN!!!!! Change the culture that “learning makes you whitey” and then come talk to me about taking more of my hard earned money.

  • CityParent

    I’m a city resident with a newborn and already looking at school options. I’ve spoken to some principals and I’m actually encouraged. But the school is decrepit and looks like a prison. If anything should be fixed in this city, it should be the schools b/c they are everywhere, they are beacons of hope, and they are either an asset or a detriment to the neighborhood. I’ll pay the tax.

  • Chichi

    There’s the ACLU again, sticking its nose where it doesn’t belong.

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