Why Baltimore Can’t Force Companies to Hire Local

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Bernard C. "Jack" Young
Bernard C. “Jack” Young

City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young floated a bill back in November that would require businesses to find local residents for at least a bare majority of jobs financed by big contracts with the city — which would be great if it weren’t unconstitutional.

According to Baltimore Business Journal, the city’s law department determined that they cannot approve the law, as the U.S. Constitution’s Privileges & Immunities Clause (which “prevents local governments from discriminating against residents of a different state”) has been used to strike down similar laws in other areas.

Come on, Baltimore. Don’t give up yet! There’s got to be some way to legally force businesses to solve our unemployment problem.



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