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Posted at 9:52 AM ET, 12/ 9/2009

Still waiting for all those 'Green shoots'

By editors

By Ronald Baker

Washington area has for the most part weathered the slowdown in the U.S. economy. The unemployment rates in Virginia, Maryland and even the District are well below the rates in many states across the country. Of course, layoffs have reached into families not accustomed to seeing pink slips, but the area benefits by being so close to the federal government’s printing press of taxpayers’ money.

Even with this considerable financial advantage, Fairfax County, one of the richest counties in America, is confronting a budget shortfall of nearly half a billion dollars and is weighing deep program cuts, such as eliminating its grade school band program and further cuts to its libraries and parks. Other local governments face similar decisions. If we are experiencing such a lack of government funding, which has to have an effect on our abundant lifestyles, one has to conclude that few “green shoots” have yet materialized.

This post is in response to our Local Opinions topic of the week: "Are you seeing any 'green shoots' of recovery in the region?" To submit your own post, e-mail

By editors  | December 9, 2009; 9:52 AM ET
Categories:  Virginia, economy  
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