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Baltimore Council Passes Mayor’s $2.3B Budget

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BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore City Council has passed the mayor’s $2.3 billion budget plan, rejecting millions of dollars in budget cuts that it had endorsed earlier in the week.

The Baltimore Sun reports that the council voted for Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s spending plan on Thursday. The move derailed $6 million in cuts that Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young had proposed in an effort to prevent the closure of recreation centers and fire companies.

Young said the vote against the amended budget was a “loss for the people of Baltimore.”

Councilmember James B. Kraft, who had supported many of Young’s amendments, says he realized it was pointless to vote for the amendments because the mayor would not agree to increase funding in areas identified by the council.
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(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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