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Christie Brinkley

Voters rule — even in Towson

Voters rule — even in Towson

Last year, 171,733 voters in Baltimore County endorsed a referendum granting binding arbitration to more than 2,500 county employees, including emergency call dispatchers and health inspectors. That was more votes than any candidate for county office received, and the measure passed by a greater than 2-to-1 margin. Now, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz is asking the County Council to delay binding arbitration for several years and severely limit what "terms and conditions" of employment could be brought before a neutral arbitrator. The proposal would mean that employees affected by the controversial referendum wouldn't realize its benefits until fiscal 2016. The...