Glendening meets O'Malley over funding needs

`Frank' conversation avoids specific figures

March 18, 2000|By Ivan Penn | Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF

Gov. Parris N. Glendening and Mayor Martin O'Malley emerged from an almost hourlong meeting yesterday in Annapolis with promises from the governor that the state would provide more financial support for Baltimore.

But no specific dollar amounts were given, and the governor said the state could not afford to meet all of O'Malley's requests, which would cost state taxpayers about $120 million.

"It was a very good meeting, very productive, very professional," Glendening said. "There will be increased funding in his four major areas, for education, the court system, substance abuse and community revitalization. I could not go into specifics because of the tight budget."

Glendening also said that O'Malley asked him what he could do to help the governor's agenda, including his "smart guns" and prevailing wage bills. Glendening said he would like the mayor's support on those initiatives.

O'Malley has said that he would likely support the governor's programs, but he is looking for a stronger commitment in the state budget for Baltimore.

The meeting yesterday -- even without specific figures -- appeared to give O'Malley a lift. He left the meeting smiling.

"He assured us that the city's important to him and that he would be getting us significant help" in the governor's supplemental budget, O'Malley said. "He assured us he knows that we're a jurisdiction with special needs.

"The tone of it was very good. We had a very frank discussion."

Pub Date: 3/18/00

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