We hear over and over again that people feel disconnected from their government and don’t feel like they get the service they deserve. Our neighbors have witnessed corruption and have been frustrated by the lack of sustained results to our most pressing challenges. Some think things will never change, but that’s not Baltimore’s destiny. As Council President, I want to focus the City Council’s work over the next year and a half to deliver for Baltimore’s residents and bring greater transparency to the way we operate.
Yesterday, I rolled out an ambitious policy package focused on cleaning up city government, improving public safety, investing in our youth, embedding equity in our work, and centering public engagement.
We will make necessary reforms to make our government more accountable. We will leverage all of the resources at our disposal to address the disease of gun violence and heal our city with compassion and holistic services. We will press for more serious investment in Baltimore’s youth, from school funding to increased recreational opportunities. We will embed a framework of equity into our local government to ensure all of our communities are supported, invested in, and valued.
The best government is one that invites its residents into the conversation while being responsive to their needs. The priorities, perspectives, and ideas of Baltimoreans must be reflected in this document, too. As such, my team has developed an engagement plan to present this information and solicit feedback. Starting next week, I will be taking these ideas out of City Hall and into our neighborhoods by holding 9 town halls across the city.
So, please, take a look at the document, join us at a town hall, and share your ideas and feedback at email@example.com. I look forward to working with you to improve our city together.
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Let’s do this.
Baltimore City Council President