DAVID: AFTER WEEKS OF NEGOTIATIONS LOTS OF TWISTS AND TURNS AND T RESULT, ALL INTERESTED PARTIES GOT SOMETHING. THE FATE OF HELPING BALTIMORE CITY SCHOOLS REDUCE A $130 MILLION DEFICIT FELL INTO THE HANDS OF STATE BUDGET NEGOTIATORS.>>WE COULD HAVE GONE EITHER WAY. PLAN A, PLAN B. WE ACCEPTED THE GOVERNOR’S. DAVID: PLAN A,REDUCE MANDATORY PENSION PAYMENTS FOR BALTIMORE CITY BY $24 MILLION. PLAN B TAKE THE GOVERNORS OFFER OF $ 23.7 MILLION WHICH IS TIED TO HIS DEMAND REQUIRING AN INDEPENDENT AUDIT OF CITY SCHOOLS FINANCES. BUT THE INDEPENDENT AUDIT ISN’T NEW. IT IS PART OF LEGISLATION INTRODUCED AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SESSION CHANGING SCHOOL FUNDING FORMULAS PROVIDING MORE MONEY TO DISTRICTS EXPERIENCING DECLINING ENROLLMENTS LIKE BALTIMORE CITY AND CARROLL COUNTY. THE GOVERNOR ALSO DEMANDED ACTION ON HIS BILL PROVIDING MANUFACTURERS A TAX CREDIT FOR SETTING UP SHOP IN HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT AREAS. THE MEASURE IS MOVING IN THE SENATE BUT NOT IN THE HOUSE. OBVIOUSLY IT WASN’T TIED THAT>>OBVIOUSLY IT WASN’T TIED THAT TIGHT. DAVID: STATE BUDGET NEGOTIATORS AGREED TO GIVE CITY SCHOOLS OTHER FORMS OF FINANICAL RELIEF AS WELL. $6 MILLION TO IN TRANSFERS FROM $7 MILLION PENSION FUNDING. A PORTION OF CITY BOTTLE TAX PROCEEDS, AND ALLOWING CITY HIGHWAY USER FEE MONEY TO PAY FOR FREE MTA BUS RIDES FOR STUDENTS. THE MAYOR, WHO IS STILL PUTTING TOGETHER HER 1ST CITY BUDGET, IS SUGGESTING TRANSFERRING 5.5 MILLION IN POLICE FUNDING TO THE SCHOOL SYSTEM AND TAPPING INTO THE RAINY DAY FUND TO HELP CLOSE