General Assembly Sails Smoothly Toward Finish

Mar 20, 2013
Mr. T in DC via Compfight

Last year’s cantankerous General Assembly has been replaced this session by a cooperative, almost well-oiled legislative machine with top Democratic priorities on target for success. The same trio of leaders who last year couldn’t even complete their fundamental job of passing a budget on time, appear likely to reap a rich bounty of political goals.

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Why Some Homeless Students Travel 2 Hours to School

Mar 14, 2013
Gwendolyn Glenn / WYPR

Baltimore city school officials say the number of homeless students enrolled in the district so far, 1,900, is higher than it was last year at this time. What’s just as worrisome for officials is that 44 percent of those students are chronically absent from school.

Residents of I-83 Encampment Get New Home

Mar 7, 2013
Bret Jaspers / WYPR

It’s been almost a month since the people who live in a homeless encampment under the JFX in Baltimore learned the city was planning to force them out. They sought help, but were still living in tents until yesterday when the last of them began moving out. For four years, Richard Martin, 62, has been living outside, across from the city jail, in a tent next to a highway ramp.   Last night, his tent and those of his neighbors were surrounded by puddles and mud.    

“I don’t wanna come back to this dump.” 

City Residents May Pay for Trash Pickup

Feb 12, 2013
Bret Jaspers / WYPR

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake delivered her fourth State of the City address yesterday, five days after her administration released a dire 10-year fiscal forecast done by the consultant firm PFM. The report, which cost the city $460,000, said that even though Baltimore currently has a balanced budget, expenditures will consistently outpace revenues and lead to a cumulative shortfall of more than $740 million by fiscal year 2022.