Wednesday, October 05, 2016
Rawlings-Blake asks state for $30 million to help Baltimore pay for DOJ-mandated police reforms
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is asking the state for more than $30 million to pay for staffing increases, new technology and other investments in the Baltimore Police Department that the city expects will be mandated under a pending consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice.
The requests, put to Gov. Larry Hogan in a letter made public Tuesday, break with previous statements by Rawlings-Blake that the consent decree reforms would likely cost the city substantially less and that the city would not look to the state or federal government to pick up the tab.
"Understanding the financial constraints of [the] State, I believe that it is important that you understand what the scope is of some of the City's needs," Rawlings-Blake wrote. She asks Hogan to prioritize the police improvements — along with several education, health and community development projects — as he begins considering his budget proposal for next year.
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