Schools, Guns and Transportation Top Kamenetz 2013 Agenda

The Baltimore County executive asks legislators for $128 m in school construction money and presses for his gun control requests.

School construction, gun control initiatives and transportation projects will be the focus of County Executive Kevin Kamenetz's 2013 General Assembly priorities.

The county executive is expected to announce a list of priorities later today and dicuss them during a noon appearance on the Midday with Dan Rodricks show on WYPR radio.

The priority list is expected to include $128 million in school construction projects including air conditioning requests for eight schools:

  • Timonium Elementary
  • Fort Garrison Elementary
  • Middleborough Elementary
  • Franklin Elementary
  • Sussex Elementary
  • Hebbville Elementary
  • Woodmoor Elementary
  • Middlesex Elementary

Gov. Martin O'Malley announced that his budget for the year begining July 1 would include a proposed $336 million for school construction and renovation projects. The announcement at Overlea High School included $25 million for air conditioning projects in schools around the state.

Baltimore County is unlikely to receive state funding for its entire request. Last year, the county received about $50 million or 12.8 percent of the total amount of state funds available in the current budget year.

Kamemetz is also asking legislators to address legislation dealing with background checks for firearms, military-grade assault weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines.

The county executive also is expected to ask state legislators for transportation funding geared toward three areas:

  • Expanded MARC Train Station in Middle River
  • Improvements to Reisterstown Road and its associated intersections
  • Improvements to I-695 and I-83
Steve January 12, 2013 at 12:03 AM
This Gomer isn't uneducated, he had to take a class before Kansas would issue him his Concealed Carry Permit.
Eastsider January 12, 2013 at 12:07 AM
So your saying everyone that graduates is educated? NO He took a class and passed doesn't make him educated.....
Eastsider January 12, 2013 at 12:30 AM
A weapon has multiple purposes as well. Yes it's main purpose is to kill but me and my family gets great enjoyment shooting at the range or taking to the woods.
FIFA January 12, 2013 at 12:35 AM
Eastsider, here is the simple non abrasive answer to you We, liberals, don't give a single hoot about you wanting to hunt or target shoot. But when you arm yourself with an AR15 firing military ammunition with high capacity magazines or 30 round magazines in handguns like a Glock, you don't even care. You want to hunt with a bolt action rifle, that's not for me, but go for it. You want a revolver in your home for protection, go for it. But when you want weapons that can be easily used for mass killings of innocents, like Emilie Parker, we have a problem with your "2nd Amendment rights". What is it that you don't understand
Eastsider January 12, 2013 at 12:52 AM
What I understand is that you and others are wanting a ban semi auto weapons and that's fine and I as well as many others enjoy the use and protection they give. So who will win? I would say the best lobbyist will and you or I will lose. I will agree with you I don't need a 30 round magazine for my weapon. Why doesn't the people have a problem with the 21st amendment, alcohol kills more people then guns? Speed on highways and roads kill thousands every year but car manufactures build faster and faster cars and no one complains.


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