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Johnson Speaks on Budget Prospects

Anne Bartlett

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.

By Anne Bartlett  |  March 14, 2008; 11:25 AM ET
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Why does PG get a Wegmans and MoCo, which is way more affluent doesn't? That's right, our ridiculous big box laws that serve only to keep out Walmart and Wegmans.

Stupid MoCo Council. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

Posted by: Liz | March 14, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Liz-

Actually, there are many affluent areas within PG County. The only difference is that the people in these areas have a bit more common sense and as a result are getting more bang for their buck. The areas are just as safe. Much of the crime stories that you hear about PG County are more about hysteria than anything else. The crime often originates in the District and wanders out into bordering areas of PG County. I think that if you were ever to come out of your box/shell, you would find more commonalities than differences. We'll take the Wegman's and WalMart's. They may get robbed by folks passing through or by our politicians, but overall they will have the business that they are looking for.

Posted by: PG County Resident | March 14, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Just read a transcript of the speech on the County site. There are accompanying photographs. The caption under one photograph reads:
"Johnson receives rave reviews for award winning speech".
Huh? Who gave him rave reviews? Who awarded him what, for a speech delivered less than 36 hours ago? Echoes of Obama, even though he is supporting Clinton? That's the sort of megalomania that brought Elliott Spitzer down.
Memo to Liz: There's a lot more to the MoCo big box ban than meets the eye.

Posted by: Count Bobulescu | March 15, 2008 1:59 AM | Report abuse

"

Liz-

Actually, there are many affluent areas within PG County. The only difference is that the people in these areas have a bit more common sense and as a result are getting more bang for their buck. The areas are just as safe. Much of the crime stories that you hear about PG County are more about hysteria than anything else. The crime often originates in the District and wanders out into bordering areas of PG County. I think that if you were ever to come out of your box/shell, you would find more commonalities than differences. We'll take the Wegman's and WalMart's. They may get robbed by folks passing through or by our politicians, but overall they will have the business that they are looking for.

Posted by: PG County Resident | March 14, 2008 04:09 PM "

Wrong.

PG is not the same as MoCo except for the fact that PG'ers have more "common sense."

Affluent or not, the schools are still bad, even in the "good areas," and there is less bang for the buck with the high rate of taxes PG'ers pay. Also, there's a severe lack of white collar jobs, as 60% of PG'ers leave the county for their jobs.

Wegmans should rethink building in PG, because they will regret it. The market is just not there, and PG has the worse foreclosure rate in the area. Few homes above 600K are moving.

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