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Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 08/29/2010

Jackson: New jobs within 100 days

By washingtonpost.com editors

The Post asked the candidates in the Democratic primary: "What is the most important thing the county can do to attract more jobs and development?"

By Michael A. Jackson

No issue has had a more profound effect on families in Prince George’s County than the sagging economy. It has resulted in high unemployment, foreclosures and lack of opportunities for people now entering the workforce. Jobs and job creation are the obvious answers to these challenges.

The Michael Jackson Jobs Plan addresses these problems immediately, with a concrete, workable reinvestment and recovery program that will kick-start the Prince George’s economy. It uses targeted tax credits, expansion of low-interest loans to small businesses, acceleration of public construction, creation of a local green-jobs economy, and a plan to push for the relocation of federal and state jobs to our county.

Unlike my opponents’ proposals, my plan is designed to provide an immediate economic boost by creating hundreds of jobs within the first 100 days of my administration. It can be carried out without raising the taxes of our residents.

Here is one example of how I will create jobs and spur development: Small businesses drive our economy by providing millions of jobs each year. I will expand small-business access to credit by establishing a revolving fund with up to $10 million from the county general fund — half in this fiscal year, half in the next — to provide loans of up to $50,000 for small businesses for expansion, upgrades and hiring new staff, who must be county residents.

This is not my comprehensive economic development plan, which includes my education program and is more involved, dealing with both short-term and long-term economic expansion and development. But, collectively, this jobs plan will put us on a faster track to prevent more job losses, enhance employment opportunities and give small businesses an opportunity to succeed in this challenged economy.

The writer is Prince George’s County sheriff.

By washingtonpost.com editors  | August 29, 2010; 12:14 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland, Prince George's County  
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Comments

Sheriff Jackson, how are you going to focus on this or any other initiative when you will be immersed in defending yourself against perjury charges, collusion, and the embezzlement trial of your two corrupt officers? More likely, the $10 million dollars you say you would use for small business loans is likely to be spent on your legal defense and to settle the civil case against you by the deputy sheriff who you wrongfully retailiated against for reporting the crimes to his union members.

Jobs plan or not, the damage your criminal and civil mess will do to the attractiveness of our county will clearly be the opening act to our embarassment and shame should we be foolish enough to elect you to the office of county executive. Withdraw from the race and handle your legal problems as a private citizen: Don't be so selfish as to take us down with you!

Voters would be wise to look at your Thriller video deposition and decide for themselves: http://www.viddler.com/explore/alwayswatchinpg/videos/1/.

To date, over 3,600 citizens have taken the time to look at the video and now know the truth about your lack of fitness for office.

Posted by: delores521 | August 30, 2010 7:46 AM | Report abuse

@delores521 Kills me how politicians sometimes get burned for someone else actions especially in this situation when this guy did not take any money himself and the ones who did have been handled. As far as the shady deputy sheriff union president, who drives around in a nice charger paid by the union, he is clearly trying to push agenda for Baker(see www.realrushernbaker.com). Not saying this Sheriff Jackson is perfect but these attacks are all politically motivated!!!! Others have constantly taken MONEY from charities, unions, and developers but it is clear you would rather go after this guy because he is leading in the polls(and the baker camp has told you too)!!

Visit www.realrushernbaker.com to learn the truth about what you are talking about...

Posted by: BeanYPG | August 31, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Whether Sheriff Jackson took the money or knew about it, he is as guilty for retaliating against an innocent employee, rather than the two guilty deputies. Oh, I forgot, he had them working on his current campaign, so the whistlebower was worthless to him and in his way of running for county executive. There are so many problems with Michael Jackson and his lack of concern with anyone that doesn't agree with him. He didn't lead the Sheriff's office for eight years, so I can't believe that he has a clue as to how to lead the entire county. I hope our voters are smarter than he gives us credit for. We are an intelligent county of hard workers and won't be bamboozled by a clean cut politian with ulterior motives.

Posted by: theotherside2 | September 5, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

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