Now It's Your Turn: Should Mayor Dixon resign?
Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon has issued a statement saying her conviction on a charge she took gift cards intended for the poor "does not impact my responsibility to continue serving." Should she resign -- or fight to stay in office?
Share your thoughts by posting a comment below.
Here is the complete text of Dixon's statement:
Today, I thank God for the strength He has given me. I want to thank my family for their undying support, and all of my staff, supporters, and friends for the countless prayers and encouraging words. Thank you for standing by me.
The jury's verdict today does not impact my responsibility to continue serving and I remain focused on keeping Baltimore on course in these trying economic times.
I want the people of this great city to know that my administration is fortunate to have a talented and dedicated team of professionals running city agencies and departments. Like me, my team remains focused on the everyday business of this city.
I am blessed with opportunity to serve the people of Baltimore.
On Monday, we asked what programs you would seek to cut if you were a member of the Maryland legislature.
The most detailed (if not entirely realistic) plan came from VikingRider on our Web site:
"First, I would cut state funding of public schools by 10-15 percent to start.
Second, cut out all funding for the widening of 270.
Third, cut funding for the Medicaid, Older Adult Waiver program, waste of millions.
Fourth, cut funding for the Baltimore Red line.
Fifth, mandate slots be allowed in National Harbor, got to put the slots where the people are.
Sixth, cut funding for Maryland Legal Aid, the poor can be represented pro bono by Robin Ficker.
Seventh, stop all funding for the planning mega building project on Preston Street in Baltimore of the state office complex.
Eighth, end the tuition freeze at Maryland colleges and universities, let the market set the rates. Increase out of state tuition drastically.
Ninth, sell off any surplus state lands and buildings.
Tenth, cut the funding for legislative scholarship program, this is just a sleazy slush fund for the elite.
Eleventh, pass the combined reporting legislation that has been stalled for years, make out of state corps pay their fair share here."
December 1, 2009; 4:14 PM ET
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