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The Baltimore County Council adopted Thursday a $2 billion budget for the next fiscal year that held the line on property taxes even though one revenue source declined.

Fraser Smith and John Lee, of the WYPR news team, talk about Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz's relationship with Democratic mayoral nominee Catherine Pugh, her relationship with Gov. Larry Hogan and how that could change things for the city and the county.

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Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz has shaved two years off his plans for central air conditioning in the county’s schools. But that doesn’t mean the feud between him and state Comptroller Peter Franchot is cooling off. In fact, Franchot, who wants Kamenetz to speed up the process by putting in window units, is promising to let it boil over at next week’s state Board of Public Works meeting. 

Baltimore leaders: Hogan all rhetoric, no funding

Feb 3, 2016
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Gov. Larry Hogan emphasized bipartisan cooperation in his state of the state speech Wednesday. But the Democratic leaders of Baltimore City and Baltimore, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties said that was all talk.

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Hogan hasn’t made good on his promises to the city.

Just before the governor’s speech, she criticized the Republican executive for holding onto nearly $70 million slated for schools across the state and for canceling the proposed Red Line light rail project in Baltimore.

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The State Board of Public Works put the heat on Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz Wednesday, voting to allow state school construction money to be used to pay for portable air conditioning units.

It was the latest volley in the political battle between Kamenetz and State Comptroller Peter Franchot.

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Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz took aim Monday at Governor Larry Hogan’s handling of appointments to the county school board. 

    

Fraser Smith and WYPR's John Lee talk about air conditioning in Baltimore County Schools and how that relates to the 2018 governor's race.

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz says the Baltimore region has the fifth worst traffic congestion in the nation.  On Thursday, Kamenetz told state officials that a comprehensive transit system needs to be developed.  WYPR's John Lee gives Nathan Sterner a closer look at what Kamenetz had to say.

For three weeks, Comptroller Peter Franchot has been criticizing Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz for not air conditioning all the county’s schools fast enough. It wasn’t a question of money, Franchot said, but of leadership.

But at the Board of Public Works meeting Wednesday, State Treasurer Nancy Kopp suggested air conditioned schools may not be just a Baltimore County issue. She said it might be a good idea to do a statewide survey to see where else there are problems with sweltering classrooms.

Last month, Governor Larry Hogan and Comptroller Peter Franchot summoned Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz to appear before the Board of Public Works Wednesday. They want to question him about why some Baltimore County schools don’t have air conditioning.

But Kamenetz won’t be making the trip to Annapolis.

Kamenetz instead has a “Coffee With Kevin” meeting with constituents at the Essex Senior Center.

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