May 13, 2016 11:09 am ET
Sun headline says “funds frozen;” I say county/city let them melt away
Folks, the battle to be cool is heating up, as this edition of the Sun (5/12/16) reports that the state Board of Public Works has voted to hold back a couple million dollars in funding for both Baltimore County and its counterpart in mismanagement, Baltimore City.
I can hear the cries now; “How can you write that? How dare you question the leadership of these two institutions?” (And, no, I’m not referring to asylums.)
Simply put, I am going to point to the absolute facts, as I always do in my due diligence, to tell the truth.
Fact one: Baltimore has (or at least had) a lot of money to accomplish some important goals, but what happened to that money? The city gave it away to fat-cat developers, as this article clearly demonstrates:
Despite the spin, the one fact remains—the developers that already get a lot of “dough,” i.e. John Paterakis Sr. of H&S Bakery fame, are getting huge tax breaks that are taking the bread (money) away from more important issues like EDUCATION!
Was I clear enough on that one?
I’m sure I just scratched the surface, but—just to be safe—Ms. Sheila Dixon shared some very special “cookies” that were made just for her.
Oh, I almost forgot my due diligence on this one:
Now, let’s move on to the other suspect, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, and see where he has missed a few chances to save a few bucks.
First, we have this little wake-up call when he saw the BCPS budget and almost choked.
Rather than choking, Mr. Kamenetz cut $18 million from the BCPS wish list. That’s easy enough to swallow, unless you consider the children and teachers in classrooms with a 120-degree heat index.
Did I mention the STAT program and its $272 million price tag? I suppose not, so here is some more info on that mess, which doesn’t go down easy:
Then we have the “Office of Fred” (Homan), for those of you who don’t follow the scandal sheets. His tally of wasted tax dollars is in the cosmic zone, where there is no ZIP code.
Mr. Homan is like a county bulldozer—he moves dirt from one place to another, digging hole after hole in the pockets of what’s left of the middle class.
As with the city, in Baltimore County, the developers rule; just look at Mr. Kamenetz’s role in jamming the sale of the Government Center down our throats.
The original deal was to sell off county property to make money for some of the cool air that our schools so desperately need. Instead, what we received was a blast of hot air, along with a price tag of millions of our tax dollars wasted.
So, in this battle, I have to declare the winner (and still undefeated champions) Governor Larry Hogan and Comptroller Peter Franchot, who have the “cents” (pardon the pun) to not sink a ton of our money into central air for old crumbling school buildings that will fall down around those expensive central air units, which appear to be blowing more hot air than anything.
That’s it for today, folks. Tune in again for some more craziness coming to directly from Towson, where it’s anyone’s guess as to what the agenda is, as in this famous quote: