O'Malley pledges budget fix for Prince George's
Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) made an unadvertised appearance Friday at a meeting of the Prince George's County delegation, where he pledged to House members to fix a funding anomaly in his budget and teased the possible move of a state agency to the county.
Del. Melony G. Griffith (D-Prince George's), the chairwoman of the county's House delegation, said she invited O'Malley prior to the release of his fiscal 2011 budget proposal. But the budget's impact on Prince George's was foremost on the minds of delegates who attended the morning meeting in Annapolis.
That also remains on the mind of former Prince George's County Executive Wayne K. Curry (D), who sat in the front row of the audience. Curry is contemplating challenging O'Malley in the Democratic primary, in which voters from his heavily Democratic and populous county play a prominent role.
"How are you doing, Wayne? Good to see you again," O'Malley said, as he gave Curry a vigorous handshake before sitting down to address the delegates.
In the view of Prince George's lawmakers, O'Malley's budget shortchanges the county by several million dollars in state aid that is driven by a wealth-based formula. O'Malley, who was accompanied by Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D), a former Prince George's delegate, promised at address the anomaly and provide "some relief." He gave no specifics and pleaded for patience.
"Fortunately, this is a 90-day session and not a nine-day session," the governor said. "The bottom line is we do want to work with you. I ask for your help and your cooperation."
O'Malley also talked up "the tremendous potential of transit-oriented development" in the county and urged county lawmakers to "stay tuned" for an announcement from his administration.
"We think we have an idea that will please the delegation," O'Malley said.
O'Malley aides remained tight-lipped about the idea, but the sense of lawmakers is that it involves moving the offices of a state agency near a Metro stop in the county, possibly in Largo, to spur development around it.
As a candidate in 2006, O'Malley talked about moving the state's homeland security operations to Prince George's. That never happened.
Curry, who has been among O'Malley's tougher critics lately, eased off a little following the governor's Friday morning appearance, which was not included on the public schedule issued by his office.
Asked to assess O'Malley's visit, Curry said: "I guess you'd have to say it's a welcome though much belated response to the obvious."
February 5, 2010; 12:28 PM ET
Categories: 2010 Elections , Governor , John Wagner , Maryland State Budget
Save & Share: Previous: Gov. O'Malley declares emergency in Maryland
Next: Prince George's declares state of emergency
Posted by: chesapeaketerp | February 5, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: Towards_Light | February 6, 2010 2:27 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: EIEAR | February 6, 2010 8:19 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: EIEAR | February 6, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: Hellmut | February 6, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse
The comments to this entry are closed.