Best Hard Lesson in Political Reality: New City Council members

Newcomers comprise more than half of the City Council, a change of the guard like Baltimore has seldom seen before.

Newcomers comprise more than half of the City Council, a change of the guard like Baltimore has seldom seen before. The new members are young, progressive, and enthusiastic, pushing for undocumented immigrants and the city’s low-income neighborhoods

Newcomers comprise more than half of the City Council, a change of the guard like Baltimore has seldom seen before. The new members are young, progressive, and enthusiastic, pushing for undocumented immigrants and the city’s low-income neighborhoods. But change doesn’t come easy: They passed a $15 minimum wage bill but couldn’t override the mayor’s veto. They completed a budget, but it’s not much different from previous city budgets. They gutted a mandatory minimum gun sentence bill, but it’s hard to imagine the old council would have done much different. Councilman John T. Bullock (9th District) just introduced a styrofoam ban that’s pretty much like the one former 1st District City Councilman Jim Kraft pushed for years. Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.

About Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce

The Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce is the voice of, and chief advocate for the City’s business community.  Through education, strategic communications and stakeholder engagement, the Public Affairs & Policy Committee empowers Chamber members with a shaping influence among elected officials, and the means for advocating a pro-business agenda.

As the voice of Baltimore businesses, the Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce’s focus is to serve as a forum through which members are able to grow their respective businesses. Programs and initiatives foster collaboration long-term growth, and development, and each campaign is designed to promote both members and the City’s core value propositions. The Chamber is committed to advocating for the continuing adoption of a pro-business agenda by the City of Baltimore and the region on behalf of its members.

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