Bernard "Jack" Young

    

Fraser Smith and Luke Broadwater, of the Baltimore Sun's City Hall bureau, talk about the possibility of a city government shutdown if city council members don't get what they want.

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Bernard “Jack” Young was made Baltimore City Council President by his colleagues in 2010 when then-President Stephanie Rawlings-Blake became the mayor.  Winning his own term in a landslide the following year, Young is running for re-election.

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  Baltimore City Councilman Carl Stokes agrees with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake that her bill to sell four city-owned downtown parking garages deserves a hearing.  However, he is not sold on her plan.

“We should have a conversation about it,” said Stokes, who is skeptical that the sale proceeds will go towards recreation centers, as the mayor is proposing.

“This bill is not about rec centers,” he added, “The mayor has tied it to rec centers for political speak.”

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The city Board of Estimates agreed Wednesday to pay $150,000 to settle a civil suit alleging police brutality. It was the second time the city paid to settle a suit involving the same officer and City Council President Jack Young was not happy.

“I think they should alert me and the comptroller when officers have multiple cases against them,” Young complained after the board’s meeting.

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Eric Costello was easily confirmed Monday by the Baltimore City Council to represent the 11th district in spite of objections from some of his neighbors and a call for a “re-do” of the nominating process by nine other candidates for the seat.

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When it meets Monday, the Baltimore City Council is expected to confirm Eric Costello to fill the seat representing the 11th District -- which covers parts of south and west Baltimore, including downtown.

Costello would finish the term of Bill Cole, who left the Council earlier this year to head the Baltimore Development Corporation.

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Baltimore City Hall was filled last night with both supporters and opponents of a bill that would provide $107-million in "Tax Increment Financing" (TIF) for the controversial Harbor Point development project.

The TIF was the subject of a meeting of the City Council’s taxation committee.

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The Baltimore City Council unanimously approved Monday a bill requiring some city contractors to make a majority of jobs created by the contracts filled by city residents.

The law would require city contractors with deals worth at least $300,000 or contractors who receive at least $5 million in tax benefits to fill 51 percent of all new jobs created with city residents.

Baltimore property taxes are going down in the coming fiscal year, but will still be the highest in Maryland. Senator Barbara Mikulski holds a round table meeting aimed at reducing the backlog of disability claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs. WYPR Senior News Analyst Fraser Smith looks at open meetings and transparency in government. Plus: more on the "local hiring mandate" proposed for Baltimore, the opening of MD's 4th casino, Ocean City's "Walk Smart" campaign, and more.

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Luke Broadwater of the Baltimore Sun talk about the Baltimore City Council's passage of a bill  that mandates the hiring of city residents by certain businesses, and why some question its constitutionality.

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