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February 7, 2011

Rawlings-Blake talks economic development

Julie Scharper reports:

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced plans Monday afternoon to restructure the city's economic development agency, increase funding for new technology and create a youth cabinet.

In her second State of the City speech since taking office a little over a year ago, Rawlings-Blake also proposed creating a "Ten Year Plan for Baltimore" to chart out a longterm economic develop strategy.

She vowed to fund core services while grappling with an estimated $80 million shortfall in the city's $1.2 billion budget for the coming year.

She pledged to continue to fund all school-based community health centers and libraries and increase funds for youth workforce initiatives.

Rawlings-Blake laid out plans to create a "Recovery Corps" of 100 former addicts to help counsel those with drug and alcohol problems. She also said she would compile statistics to track domestic violence cases.

Read the text of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's 2011 State of the City address.

Posted by Matthew Hay Brown at 2:31 PM | | Comments (6)


Did she say anything about reducing the property tax rate?

So - she basically said nothing.

Compile statistics to track domestic violence cases? I hope that she plans to do something about the issue - not just track the problem.

More of the same. More of nothing...

Ms. Blake..I'll see you at the polls.

With her background as a successful businesswoman in the private sector, having started numerous companies from the ground-up and made them work, I think she is the right person for this job. On the other hand, if she was just some cog in a MaryLand liberal Democrat political family, then I would say that Baltimore City is going turn into an even fouler sewer of drugs and crime.

what companies? she is a career government employee. family cog. we need a risk taking, visionary entrepreneur who will bring start up and small frms into the city. we need some who will focus on improving the schools and keeping young families in the city.

she has been going through the motions of whatever. It is very important that people with substance and passion are voted into positions.

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Annie Linskey covers state politics and government for The Baltimore Sun. Previously, as a City Hall reporter, she wrote about the corruption trial of Mayor Sheila Dixon and kept a close eye on city spending. Originally from Connecticut, Annie has also lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she reported on war crimes tribunals and landmines. She lives in Canton.

John Fritze has covered politics and government at the local, state and federal levels for more than a decade and is now The Baltimore Sun’s Washington correspondent. He previously wrote about Congress for USA TODAY, where he led coverage of the health care overhaul debate and the 2010 election. A native of Albany, N.Y., he currently lives in Montgomery County.

Julie Scharper covers City Hall and Baltimore politics. A native of Baltimore County, she graduated from The Johns Hopkins University in 2001 and spent two years teaching in Honduras before joining The Baltimore Sun. She has followed the Amish community of Nickel Mines, Pa., in the year after a schoolhouse massacre, reported on courts and crime in Anne Arundel County, and chronicled the unique personalities and places of Baltimore City and its surrounding counties.
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