Edward L. Reisinger III

Baltimore's strong mayor remains stronger than the City Council

The City Council failed to override Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's veto of two bills calling for charter amendments that would allow the City Council to increase the city's budget and revamp the Board of Estimates, which controls city spending. 

"This is an opportunity for the people to vote its opinion, and the council says no," City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young, who backed the proposed charter amendments, said afterward. "We get an opportunity to stand up, and we sit down!"

The first bill would allow the City Council to add money to the budget the mayor prepares each year. Currently, the council can only cut the...