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Discusses Shared Concerns Including the State’s Inadequate Transportation and Education Funding

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, President of the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo), spent time this afternoon in Upper Marlboro conferring with members of the Prince George’s County Council as part of his statewide tour to meet with local leaders and discuss MACo’s priorities and advocacy for county governments. 

Kamenetz and MACo Executive Director Michael Sanderson discussed a wide range of topics with the Council members including issues of insufficient state funding for transportation and education, traffic congestion and the need to better link education priorities with economic development opportunities.  Specifically, County Council members brought up the alarming deficiencies in state Highway User Revenues provided to counties for road maintenance, the need for a better integrated transportation network to alleviate commuter congestion between Prince George’s County and Southern Maryland and the challenges of dealing with school overcrowding given the limited school construction allocations from the state.   

“I found it quite remarkable to hear the degree to which leaders in Prince George’s are confronting the exact same issues we deal with in Baltimore County as similar suburban jurisdictions,” Kamenetz said. “At the local level, it really comes down to schools, transportation and jobs, and we simply need more targeted state attention to meet these basic needs.”

In addition to comparing notes on policy and budget issues, Kamenetz and Sanderson also gave an overview of how MACo worked to protect the interests of Maryland counties in Annapolis during this year’s General Assembly session, and they promoted MACo conferences as valuable opportunities for local officials to learn from each other and share best practices.

MACo was founded in 1939, as a non-partisan organization to advocate the needs of local government to the Maryland General Assembly, representing all of Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City. Kamenetz is the fifth Baltimore County Executive to serve as President in the history of MACo, succeeding Christian Kahl, Dale Anderson, Dutch Ruppersberger and Jim Smith. With this new term, Kamenetz also becomes the longest serving current member of MACo, first joining in 1994 as a member of the Baltimore County Council. 


Discusses Collaboration to Advance Priorities of Maryland's Counties

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, President of the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo), visited local legislators in Howard, Montgomery and Queen Anne’s Counties over the past two days. He and MACo Executive Director Michael Sanderson participated in meetings of the Howard County Council, Montgomery County Council and the Board of Commissioners of Queen Anne’s County in as part of an ongoing tour of the state’s major subdivisions.  

Leaders of the three legislative bodies welcomed Kamenetz and Sanderson as they covered a wide range of topics including an overview of MACo’s successful efforts to protect the interests of Maryland counties in Annapolis during this year’s General Assembly session and how statewide MACo conferences offer local officials valuable opportunities to learn from each other and build lasting relationships. Concerns that were voiced by elected leaders in these three jurisdictions included the opioid addiction crisis, transportation funding, overcrowding in local detention centers and funding for K-12 education.

 

“As I travel throughout Maryland, I am continually met with positive energy from of our local leaders and my time in Howard, Montgomery and Queen Anne’s Counties has been no different,” said Kamenetz. “Knowing that the counties are working together to hammer our solutions to similar problems helps us all in our service to the citizens of Maryland.”

MACo, first organized in 1939, is a non-partisan organization that advocates the needs of local government to the Maryland General Assembly, representing all of Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City. Kamenetz is the fifth Baltimore County Executive to serve as President in the history of MACo, succeeding Christian Kahl, Dale Anderson, Dutch Ruppersberger and Jim Smith. With this new term, Kamenetz also becomes the longest serving current member of MACo, first joining in 1994 as a member of the Baltimore County Council. 


Visits are Part of Statewide Maryland Association of Counties Tour

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, President of the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo), traversed a large swath of Maryland yesterday in his effort to meet personally with local leaders in all 24 of the state’s major subdivisions. He attended meetings of the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County, the Board of Commissioners of Calvert County and the Frederick County Council to discuss MACo’s advocacy for Maryland counties in this year’s General Assembly session and other issues of statewide concern.

Kamenetz and MACo Executive Director Michael Sanderson met with the three groups of legislators, discussing a number of topics including an overview of MACo’s positive influence in Annapolis during this year’s General Assembly session and how statewide MACo conferences and programs offer local officials a valuable opportunity to learn from each other and share best practices.

“The more that I meet with local legislators from around the state, the more it becomes clear that we are all dealing with similar challenges and constraints and that it is valuable to take the time to compare notes and find common solutions through MACo and other collaborative groups,” said Kamenetz.   

“I was pleased to welcome MACo to Frederick County,” said Frederick County Executive Jan H. Gardner. “As a past president, I’ve always enjoyed working with the organization. They do a great job of advocating for the common needs of all Maryland counties, such as funding for roads.”

MACo, founded in 1939, is a non-partisan collaborative organization that advocates for the needs of local government to the Maryland General Assembly, representing all of Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City. Kamenetz is the fifth Baltimore County Executive to serve as President in the history of MACo, succeeding Christian Kahl, Dale Anderson, Dutch Ruppersberger and Jim Smith. With this new term, Kamenetz also becomes the longest serving current member of MACo, first joining in 1994 as a member of the Baltimore County Council. 


 
 
Revised September 26, 2016