City Union of Baltimore President Antoinette Ryan-Johnson explaining why she’s in Annapolis lobbying for a property tax credit for her members. pic.twitter.com/bkLrUN2A3O— AFT-Maryland (@AFT_Maryland) February 6, 2018
Delegate Bilal Ali was the sponsoring legislator who convened the panel that also included Baltimore City Councilman Ryan Dorsey. Ali defended the cost of the bill for Baltimore city by highlighting that the state and municipalities routinely find ways to fund projects that help the wealthy and should not now be quibbling over cost for something that will help lower-earning city employees.
ICYMI: Baltimore city councilman Ryan Dorsey @ElectRyanDorsey on why he’s in Annapolis lobbying on behalf of City Union of Baltimore members and all city employees whom he calls the “most vital workers in Baltimore city” pic.twitter.com/UtNKUfLCva— AFT-Maryland (@AFT_Maryland) February 8, 2018
Councilman Dorsey said his support for this bill is to provide a subsidy to front line city employees who are vital to the economic health of the city. During his testimony he explained to the House Ways and Means Committee how the property tax credit for these CUB members and Baltimore city employees would be a direct injection of that money back into the city. Councilman Dorsey argued while this would be a short term financial setback for the city, the credit would result in financial benefits for both the city and its employees.