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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Governor Larry Hogan Announces $15.2 Million in New Funding for Baltimore City; Including Baltimore Safe Streets

Also Funds Transportation, Park and Community Center Projects; Part of Historic $5.5 Billion in Local Aid

Governor Larry Hogan today held his sixth Regional Cabinet Meeting at the Shake & Bake Family Fun Center in Baltimore City. The governor was joined by Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, former delegate and Baltimore City Council member Keiffer Mitchell, who served as emcee for the event, as well as more than 40 cabinet secretaries and directors representing agencies across the state, and numerous state and local officials.

At the meeting, Governor Hogan announced $15.2 million in new funding for programs and projects that will directly benefit Baltimore City and its citizens. This includes $5 million in new funding for violence intervention programs, such as the Baltimore Safe Streets initiative; along with $3 million for much needed repairs to the Hanover Street bridge.

“Baltimore City has endured some difficult times, but a strong Maryland depends on a strong Baltimore,” said Governor Hogan. “That’s why, over the past four years, we have been overwhelmingly supportive of the City, providing more than $5 billion in local aid, more than $2 billion for transit projects, and our state investment into Baltimore City’s school system is three-and-a-half times more than the state average.”

The governor allocated $5 million in his upcoming budget for the Maryland Violence Intervention and Prevention Program Fund, which will support effective violence reduction strategies by providing competitive grants to local governments and nonprofits in areas of the state disproportionately impacted by violence. This fund was created by legislation the governor signed earlier this year as part of a comprehensive, bipartisan package of bills aimed at reducing violent crime, including the governor’s historic legislation to toughen sentences for repeat violent offenders and people who commit crimes with a gun.

This funding will be available to support evidence-based programs that use public health principles to prevent gun violence, such as the Baltimore City Safe Streets Initiative. The Safe Streets Initiative employs outreach workers with firsthand experience in the community to intervene with individuals at high-risk of violence and has seen promising results.

“I’m pleased that the Governor has been supportive of the budget priorities we submitted,” said Mayor Catherine E. Pugh. “We have many additional needs and appreciate the Governor’s commitment to working with us as we continue to move our City forward. Without question, the prospects for our success depend on a strong partnership with the State.”

Governor Hogan also announced $4 million in funding to the University of Maryland, Baltimore Campus (UMB) for the UMB Community Engagement Center on Poppleton Street. Funded through the Seed Community Development Anchor Institution Fund, which is intended to provide grants and loans to qualified anchor institutions to support community development projects in defined blighted areas of the state, this center will focus on economic empowerment and leadership, educational advancement and character development, and health, and wellness.

To help address the City’s infrastructure needs, the governor announced $3 million for resurfacing and badly needed repairs to the Hanover Street Bridge (Maryland Route 2), which crosses the Middle Branch of the Patapsco River and connects the City to communities in Brooklyn, Curtis Bay, Cherry Hill and northern Anne Arundel County.

Also announced today was an additional $3.2 million in Project Open Space funding, which will be used to benefit community parks and recreation centers across the City.

Education is the Hogan administration’s top priority, with $3.8 billion committed for K-12 education in Baltimore City since the governor took office - including an additional $15 million in emergency assistance for heating and air conditioning at City schools. In total, Governor Hogan has provided over $47 million above the legislative formulas for Baltimore City Public Schools. The governor has also proposed a lockbox to ensure that billions in casino revenue will go directly into classrooms for the improvements needed to make schools safer, a measure that will be on ballots in November.

“We believe that every single child in Maryland deserves a great education, regardless of the neighborhood they grow up in,” said Governor Hogan. “Every parent should feel confident in their child’s learning environment and their safety when they send them off to school which is why we will continue pursuing innovative approaches to safety, to learning, and to school system accountability.”

In total, Governor Hogan has committed a historic $5.5 billion in local aid to Baltimore City, as well as $3.9 billion for City transportation infrastructure and transit projects in the state’s six-year Consolidated Transportation Plan (CTP). The Hogan administration is steadfastly committed to improving safety, education, and economic opportunity in Baltimore City.


Anonymous said...

This is asinine. Money has been funneled into Baltimore and there has been no accountability which has allowed the Democrat leaders to direct the money to their benefit and not use it for what it was designated for. Hogan robs the State Employee Retirement Fund and take away deny some medical benefits for senior retirees for this garbage BS. This shows Hogan, the Democrat, loves the thugs and drug dealers and hates the State Retirees

Anonymous said...

Get rid of the democratic leadership and you will see more progress for less money.

Anonymous said...

Totally asinine unless it is mandated that every penny be accounted for and going to what it was meant for and even then that won't work. The whole of that city is democrats and that means none have an honest bone in their nasty bodies.
They will steal it like they always have.
But really who cares if that city drowns in their cess pool of crime and poverty. They created it by voting democrat for decades now. Voting has consequences but so far they are too dumb to figure that out. That's because the democrats have kept them in chains. The democrats herded them up and corraled them in the ghettos. They are forced to attend dangerous substandard schools because the democrats won't allow their slaves to have school choice, The democrats are keeping them dumb so they can't think and now they must live with the results they created by voting for democrats.

lmclain said...

Just keep throwing OUR money at these thugs, losers, felons, dropouts, killers, and lifetime welfare queens.
It's worked great so far ---- Baltimore is FAMOUS now for filth, crime, and attacks on tourist in the best (relatively) parts of town.
Keep cheering.

Anonymous said...

You can put A COP EVERY HUNDRED YARDS IN Charm City those street slugs will still kill one another. The girls will still drop 8 kids. They live like animals and blame the white man. Give to money to those who work.

Anonymous said...

Electing accountable politicians who care about the people they represent while enforcing laws with maximum jail times will fix the problem faster and at lower costs. It's commonsense.

Anonymous said...

This must be what they are using the State Employee drug money for. I will vote for anyone who promises to turn that around. NOT FAIR!!!

Anonymous said...

Somerset and Allegheny and Garrett counties would put that money yo better use..the city is a wasteland.. stop investing in a place where no one wants to live anymore and can't balance their books legally.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, take care of those Baltimorons with our tax money, Hogan. You're going to need their votes to get a second term. Everyone knows a Democrat will vote for whoever gives them the most tax dollars.