Baltimore County News
Kamenetz pledeges to fight for school funding
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz will address education leaders at the annual legislative breakfast hosted by the Teachers Association of Baltimore County (TABCO) and the Education Support Professionals of Baltimore County (ESPBC) on Saturday morning. The meeting will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Radisson Hotel North Baltimore, 2004 Greenspring Drive, Lutherville-Timonium, 21093.
“I’ve attended this breakfast for many years,” said Kamenetz. “There is nothing more important in our county than the education of our children. The challenges facing teachers and support staff are significant, and I look forward to working with their representatives in Annapolis to protect public education in Maryland.”
“The opportunity for our members to talk directly with elected leaders prior to the General Assembly is very important,” said Abby Beytin, President of the Teacher’s Association of Baltimore County. “I am delighted that the County Executive will join us for what is always an informative dialogue.”
Leading by Example
(Towson) – As we prepare for a new year, enjoy this look back at 2016. “The accomplishments chronicled in this video are a true testament to the hard work of the dedicated employees in our county, and the thousands of individuals and families all around the beltway who make Baltimore County a wonderful place to live and work,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.
Watch the 2016 year in review video below.
Says governor is dishonest about transportation scoring bill
Today, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz characterized as "dishonest" Governor Hogan’s claims that a recently enacted transportation scoring bill would threaten every major road project in the state.
"Governor Hogan's claim that this advisory scoring bill would shut down Beltway widening projects is simply dishonest," said Kamenetz. "This isn't governing; it's fake news."
Last week, Governor Hogan held a press conference stating that the Maryland Open Transportation Investment Decision Act of 2016 “will literally kill more than 90 percent of the major priority transportation projects in every single jurisdiction across the state.”
Attorney General Brian Frosh has advised that the scoring bill is advisory only, since the governor can still fund projects with lower scores if he "provides, in writing, a rational basis for the decision." Kamenetz also noted that the bill clearly states that it cannot be used "to prohibit or prevent the funding of the capital transportation priorities in each jurisdiction."
At his recent press conference, Governor Hogan displayed a poster that threatened every major Baltimore County road project, including the widening of the Baltimore Beltway (below).
"When Governor Hogan claims that 'one billion dollars in much needed transportation improvements will be lost' because of this bill, he is not telling the truth. I challenge him to follow through on his threat to shut down Beltway improvements and see how frustrated drivers might respond."
The General Assembly scoring bill is an effort to require transparency in transportation funding decisions made by the governor, in response to the Hogan's decision to abruptly cancel the Red Line in Baltimore. It is modeled after similar legislation passed by Republican-controlled legislatures in Virginia and North Carolina.