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Baltimore’s Shadow Government.

Who’s in control of the city?

The city of Baltimore has roughly 612,000 people. It’s a number that continues to decline because, let’s be honest, the city has very serious deficiencies. For most of its residents, particularly those without money, it is not a good place to live and work.

Unemployment is 5.6% compared to 4.3% statewide and only 4% in Baltimore County. Many lower income residents have jobs, but aren’t paid enough to make a living. Underemployment – when people have no choice but to take jobs below their potential – may be an even bigger problem.

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Squandered Promise

It’s a good bet that Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh will be running for re-election in 2020. Why shouldn’t she? Incumbents are always hard to beat. She’ll have plenty of developer and other business money to fund her campaign. She’ll win the Democratic Primary and that will be that.

What’s striking is that the people who should be tossing Mayor Pugh to the curb in favor of someone new who really knows how to turn the city around aren’t old enough to vote. They’re not old enough to vote, nor do most of them realize the fundamental truth of Mayor Pugh’s

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Real Emergencies

Our President has recently called into question the common sense understanding of what constitutes an emergency or crisis. Is, for example, the lack of a wall across our southern border really as disconcerting as, let’s say, the abuse of opioids? Or the fact that 1 out of 8 women in the United States will develop breast cancer in her lifetime?

Unfortunately, a similar “misunderstanding,” we’ll call it, is happening in Baltimore City where a situation seems to have been elevated to crisis level at the expense – in terms of expressions of persistent outrage and concern, not to mention real

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No-brainer.

Some choices are difficult for our legislature to make. This one is a no-brainer.

On one hand we have two counties ¬– Prince George’s and Baltimore City – that are desperately short of the funding they need to give their children even a minimum quality education. Of the 24 counties in the state, including Baltimore City, their public education systems are ranked 23rd and 24th respectively.

These counties need money, but from where? Well, the voters of Maryland approved casinos to generate additional funding for education. See the pie chart below.

As you can see, in Fiscal 2018 alone, casino

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The pie chart.

Given a choice between investing in horse racing or our children’s education, which one do you pick?

I don’t know about you, but I like pie. Cherry pie, in particular, apple and key lime, but also pizza and charts.

Hey. As you may know, we did some work recently having to do with the MGM National Harbor casino.

“So what? …I’m hungry and I thought this post had something to do with pie.”

It does. …So we were responding to inquiries from good people who live in Prince George’s County who have some serious questions and, in the process

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