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November 3, 2011
Ask elected officials to name their top 10 concerns these days, and ethics probably doesn't crack the list. Budget shortfalls, jobs, schools, public safety, taxes, development, employee pensions and even trash collection are far more likely to make the cut. That's why Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz deserves a shout-out for recognizing a problem and taking on the thankless task of doing something about it. The ethics reform bill that...
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By Michael Dresser | August 26, 2014
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz ended the most recent campaign finance reporting period with just over $1 million in the bank. His Republican rival, George Harman, reported just under $3,000. What the two have in common is that they both filed their reports well before Tuesday night's midnight deadline. This year's executive race was never expected to be particularly close, but Kamenetz'  roughly 333-1 advantage illustrates the power of incumbency in an increasingly Democratic-leaning county.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | October 14, 2012
Baltimore County officials say they can close a gap in pension funding while saving taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. But their planned strategy is one that carries considerable risk, experts say. County Executive Kevin Kamenetz has proposed borrowing $255 million through pension obligation bonds and repaying the money over the next three decades. Administration officials have acknowledged the bonds would carry risk because the borrowed money would be invested in the stock market.
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June 9, 2014
I am deeply troubled by the hate mail from Connie DeJuliis that comes to my home every day. For years, Sen. Jim Brochin has come to the yearly neighborhood meetings in my community to tell about his accomplishments after each legislative session, and he has been on the side of the community. I have not always agreed with him, but I know that he is at least honest and willing to engage in a dialogue with others. As Mr. Brochin told The Sun last month, "my job isn't to do what Martin O'Malley tells me to do. My job isn't to do what Kevin Kamenetz tells me to. My job is to do what my constituents want me to do" ( "Brochin, DeJuliis square off in redrawn north county district," May 17)
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
Merreen E. Kelly, a former Baltimore County administrative officer who earlier had been an associate superintendent of Baltimore County public schools, died of lung cancer Sunday at University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center. He was 79. The son of Earl Linwood Kelly, a Koppers Co. foundry man, and Helen Marie Wilhelm Kelly, a homemaker, Merreen Earl Kelly was born in Baltimore and raised in Arbutus. A 1953 graduate of Towson High School, he earned a bachelor's degree in education from what is now Towson University in 1957.
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By Liz Bowie and Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2012
In the crowded glass and steel lobby of the Houston school headquarters, Principal Susan Monaghan paused briefly to touch the shoulder of her boss, a man with far less experience in the education field and young enough to have been her student. "I am OK, right?" she asked, searching his face for reassurance. S. Dallas Dance told her everything would be fine. Dance had initiated an audit after she discovered money missing from her budget in a case that has been referred to authorities, ending her ordeal.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
A grievance filed by Baltimore County teachers last fall over having to work extra-long hours because of new education initiatives has been resolved, school and teacher's union officials announced Friday. The grievance, filed in November on behalf of the county's 8,700 teachers, complained that their workload had ballooned, in large part because lesson plans had not been provided until just weeks before they were to be taught. Abby Beytin, president of the Teachers Association of Baltimore County, said that county school Superintendent Dallas Dance addressed teachers' concerns by giving them more notice of changes this academic year in curriculum and other educational initiatives.
NEWS
April 22, 2013
In Baltimore County, like much of Maryland, tax revenues have flat-lined. State aid for such things as road resurfacing is not much better. County workers won't be receiving cost-of-living increases for the fifth year in a row. Yet amid all this austerity, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz last week proposed a budget that finances new schools and retrofits many others with air conditioning. There are millions of dollars for new school security systems, for a new family resource center on the east side of the county and for new technology for police.
NEWS
February 25, 2013
Todd Huff isn't the first Baltimore County councilman to be arrested for drunk driving, and if he's convicted of the crime, he won't be the first in that regard either. And we will not delude ourselves by expecting him to be the last to face such charges - at least not in a nation where 1.4 million people are arrested annually for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. But the circumstances of Mr. Huff's arrest are disappointing to say the least and raise serious questions about his judgment - not only in his choice to get behind the wheel of his county-owned vehicle after drinking enough at the Towson Elks Lodge to record a .20 on an alcohol breath test but in telling police after his arrest that he wanted to call "Jim Johnson," an obvious reference to the county's police chief.
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