Will taxpayer dollars be used to pay for students to attend rally?

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Outside Baltimore’s City Hall this week, students called for action on gun control. They were answered directly by Baltimore’s Mayor Catherine Pugh. She pledged the city would provide 60 buses to send students to Washington for the March for our Lives rally.

“We want your voices to be heard in Washington, D.C.,” she said into a megaphone.

But reports show the cost - which could reach 100 thousand dollars - would be covered in part by Baltimore City, drawing criticism that taxpayers would be funding a political issue.

“Just imagine if somebody proposed that the city spend $100,000 to send students to the March for Life rally or the Tea Party rally. Nobody would even think about that,” said David Boaz, the executive vice president of The Cato Institute.

Last month's “Rally in Tally” was attended by many Florida students who survived the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, who were provided transportation and lodging.

Florida’s former Democratic chairwoman said on social media that a Democratic state senator picked up part of the tab.

Cynthia Busch, Broward Democratic chairwoman, denied any wrongdoing.

“The Democratic Party is not financing anybody to go to Tallahassee. This is about community people stepping up saying if you want people to go to Tallahassee we’ll help you get there,” she said.

As for the trip from Baltimore, Mayor Catherine Pugh now says the city is trying to bring in outside funds to help.

“We’re trying to get as much private dollars as well can our effort is around organizing and getting them there,“ she said during a press conference following the Board of Estimates meeting.

Organizers of the March 24 rally March for Our Lives rally in Washington are estimating at least 500,000 people will attend.

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