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Kamenetz's irresponsible A.C. ploy

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz says he has a plan to place air conditioning in all Baltimore County schools, but there are several problems with his idea ("Kamenetz says state needs to help accelerate school air conditioning," Oct. 7).

Mr. Kamenetz wants the state to provide school money to the county, years in advance. He is assuming the amount of money the state will put in the budget for his school budget. This is an irresponsible theory. Money in the state budget comes from taxes next April and every April thereafter. The county has been sitting on millions, which Mr. Kamenetz has yet to spend, so he appears, to the public, to be a fiscal watch dog.

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I have attended one of these schools without air conditioning, in the late 1960s, and it is not pleasant.

Gov. Larry Hogan and Comptroller Peter Franchot should tell Mr. Kamenetz to stop trying to spend money the state does not currently have. They should also tell him to stop submitting a plan to the press before he runs it by them.

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J. Michael Collins, Reisterstown

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