Baltimore County News
Says Governor is not factually correct
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz responded to a form letter that he received last week threatening the completion of transportation projects in the County. The full text of the County Executive’s response is below:
Dear Governor Hogan,
I am in receipt of your form letter of February 2, 2017, seeking support of a repeal of the Maryland Open Transportation Investment Act. Your attachment asserts that the Act will result in the cancellation of six transportation projects in Baltimore County, five of which involve major improvements to the Baltimore Beltway. I am dismayed that you continue to assert a position that is not factually correct.
As you are aware, the plain language of the Act states: "nothing in this Act may be construed to prohibit or prevent the funding of the capital transportation priorities in each jurisdiction." The law simply requires the Governor to provide an advisory scoring process, letting the public understand how decisions are made when road projects are funded. The law even allowed your office to create the scoring mechanism.
I've previously requested that your Administration provide the data behind your scoring calculations. Since you still refuse to provide that data, I can only assume that the "scores" are simply a scare tactic. I urge you to inform us of the real reasons why you believe there would be a shortfall of transportation funds to complete the needed Beltway improvements. In the meantime, my constituents still remain stuck in traffic.
Very truly yours,
Baltimore County Executive
c: Honorable Michael E. Busch, Speaker of the House
Honorable Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., Senate President
School construction and transportation funding top the list
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz unveiled a wide-ranging agenda for the upcoming 2017 General Assembly session that begins this Wednesday. “Funding of school construction and transportation projects remain an important priority for the county,” said Kamenetz. “In addition, I look forward to working with legislators on several statewide issues such as sexual assault, fracking, and bail reform that have implications for Baltimore County but also the rest of the state.”
Pledges regional cooperation
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz issued the following statement on the eve of Mayor-Elect Catherine Pugh's inauguration:
“With congratulations to my good friend Catherine Pugh as she becomes Mayor of the great City of Baltimore, I also reaffirm Baltimore County’s commitment as a regional partner to address issues of job growth, education, transportation, housing and public safety. The future of Baltimore City is bright and I look forward to working with Mayor Pugh to build that future.”