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Rawlings-Blake to delegation: I got your back

ANNAPOLIS — Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake assured members of the Baltimore City delegation Friday morning she will support their effort against budget cuts for the city’s public schools.

Gov. Larry Hogan’s proposed budget includes $35.5 million in cuts to city schools. Rawlings-Blake said she sympathized with Hogan about the difficulties of constructing a budget but that hurting Baltimore schools in unacceptable.

Delegate Curt Anderson, D-Baltimore City, said the cuts are the top priority for Baltimore legislators. While Anderson, the chairman of the delegation, said the restoration of the school funding is pivotal, he does not know where the money will come from.

The state had been facing a projected shortfall of hundreds of millions of dollars. Hogan’s 2016 fiscal year budget closes that gap, but left some agencies, like schools, with less money than they had expected based on prior year funding.