Johnson Speaks on Budget Prospects
Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) told business leaders Thursday night that he plans to propose fully funding the Board of Education's budget request.
In his annual State of the Economy speech, delivered at a dinner sponsored by the Prince George's Chamber of Commerce, Johnson said the county budget he will unveil Monday will "require great sacrifices." He said the economy has created "the most difficult budget season we have ever had" and indicated his budget will aim for a "modest rate of growth, while still providing citizens with outstanding services."
Still, Johnson told business leaders that he will "honor the Board of Education's request" for the third year in a row.
Johnson made a nod to economic difficulties facing the county and country, noting that he understands the "struggles and the challenges of our working families and seniors." Still, he painted a largely upbeat picture of the Prince George's economy, listing investments made under his tenure in public safety and other count agencies, as well as development projects now underway.
He noted National Harbor will open next month, and the National Children's Museum has announced it is moving to the county. In April, he said the pad will be delivered for the county's first Wegmans grocery, which he said will open in a year. Other development, including at the massive Konterra, will accelerate over the coming year, Johnson said.
"While present circumstances might be tight, we know though that we have a bright future," he said.
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