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Pugh delivers State of the City address

Posted at 6:53 PM, Mar 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-13 07:05:41-04

Mayor Catherine Pugh promised funds for Baltimore schools, called for teamwork to improve communities and noted success of crime reduction during her State of the City address Monday.

Pugh pledged more funding to the city school's capital budget. This comes after a number of school closed in early 2018 due to a lack of heat. 

"This year, we will add another $2 million to the city schools capital budget bringing our contribution to $19 million," Pugh said.

According to the mayor, previous funds from the city went to the construction of new schools. Fort Washington Elementary/Middle School and Frederick Elementary School opened in 2017. Two more schools are expected to open in April, Pugh said.

The mayor also addressed rebuilding neighborhoods saying it was a top priority of her administration, but it will take a collaborative effort to tackle rundown areas of the city.

"The city needs the business community to help us develop a billion dollar investment fund over the next five years and join us in tearing down, rehabbing neighborhoods that have endured neglect and under investment for decades," Pugh said.

When it comes to crime, Pugh touted the success of numerous efforts, including her Violence Reduction Plan and the expansion of Safe Streets.