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With school funding rejected, Baker accuses council of misplaced priorities

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III lashed out at lawmakers Friday for rejecting his dramatic school spending plan and accused them of having misplaced priorities for approving a smaller tax hike to benefit county parks and planning.Read full article >>

This vote could determine whether Prince Georgians pay more in taxes

Prince George’s County residents could learn Thursday if and how much more they will have to pay in property taxes, as the County Council votes on a revised budget proposal that scales back the county executive’s original school spending plan.Read full article >>

Prince George’s Baker gives up on raising property taxes 15 percent

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III on Wednesday abandoned his proposal to dramatically raise property taxes to generate $133 million in new funding for public schools, instead urging a reluctant county council to find a way to allocate less than half that amount.Read full article >>

This audit could answer long-held questions about Pr. George’s schools

Four years, two superintendents and one bruising state financial report after the Prince George’s County Council first came up with the idea, officials are in the last stages of launching a comprehensive performance audit of the school system.Read full article >>

Rushern Baker’s dramatic proposal for schools has gained little traction

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) is in the fight of his political life, trying to persuade the county council to back a highly unpopular tax increase that would generate more money for its long-struggling school system.Read full article >>

Seven Pr. George’s council members back Donna Edwards for U.S. Senate

When Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III endorsed the Senate candidacy of U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D) last week, it triggered a discussion about race. On Wednesday, a group of politicians in the county threw their support behind the candidacy of U.S. Rep. Donna F. Edwards (D), sparking a conversation about gender.Read full article >>

Baker, schools chief trying to convince council, public to spend big on schools

When she first heard about the major property tax increase being proposed by Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III, county resident Betsy White wondered whether it was legal.A high school Spanish teacher, she certainly...Show More Summary

The War on Fast Food: Can a D.C. Suburb Fight Fat with Zoning?

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Maryland's Prince George's County council is considering a bill hat would give it zoning authority to keep new fast food eateries out of its jurisdiction. But is tackling obesity as easy as keeping cheeseburgers and fries out of people's...Show More Summary

The War on Fast Food: Can a D.C. Suburb Fight Fat with Zoning?

2 years agoNews : Reason

Maryland's Prince George's County has the highest obesity rates in the Washington, D.C. area. Now the county council is considering a bill that would give it zoning authority to keep new fast food eateries out of its jurisdiction. But...Show More Summary

Redskins, residents get boost as Prince George’s council rushes to adjourn for six weeks

As the Prince George’s County Council prepared for its annual six-week summer recess, members handled a packed agenda Tuesday that included several bills: Among them: ?A bill sought by the Washington Redskins and backed by the office of County Executive Rushern L. Show More Summary

Redskins get approval to sell parking lot naming rights

The NFL is good at many things, but the league’s number one skill remains extracting money from others. On Tuesday, the Redskins received approval from the Prince George’s County Council to sell advertising in their parking lots. That’s right, naming rights for the parking lot. Other businesses in the county are not allowed to have…

Rushern Baker names five to public arts panel in Prince George’s

The Prince George’s County Council on Tuesday unanimously approved five new members of the county’s Art in Public Places committee. The program uses public funds of at least 1 percent of construction costs to acquire and install art work in public buildings. Read full article >>

Prince George’s officials to hear Cafritz pitch for Whole Foods project

The Prince George’s County District Council will meet on Friday — the fourth day of hearings on the question of whether a mixed-use development that would include a Whole Foods should be built in the county. Read full article >>

Prince George’s delays decision on Whole Foods development

Supporters of the plan to bring a mixed-use development that includes a Whole Foods to Prince George’s County had hoped the project would be approved by the District Council this week — clearing the way for construction to begin on the project. Read full article >>

Prince George’s council splits on gambling; six members say they now back casino bill, referendum

A majority of the Prince George’s County Council, whose members have been closely divided about bringing gambling to the county, said Tuesday they back legislation pending in the General Assembly that would allow voters to decide if they want a full-fledged casino in the county and add Las Vegas-style table games to Maryland’s five other slots venues. Read full article >>

Baker appointees win nod from Prince George’s Council

The Prince George’s County Council on Tuesday approved three top appointees in the administration of County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D). The council unanimously backed the appointment of Bradford L. Seamon to be the county’s chief administrative officer. Show More Summary

Prince George’s Council outlines conditions for county casino

The Prince George’s County Council has been unhappy about proposals to bring gambling to the county, and this week, the nine-member body outlined in a detailed letter all the conditions it would insist on if a statewide referendum leads to approval of gambling in the county. Read full article >>

Leslie Johnson expected to report to prison by Friday

Former Prince George’s County Council member Leslie E. Johnson (D) was scheduled to report to federal prison by Friday. Johnson, 60, was sentenced last December to a year and a day in prison for her role in a far- reaching corruption scheme that was spearheaded by her husband, former Prince George’s County Executive Jack B. Show More Summary

Toles issues another apology

Prince George’s County council member Karen R. Toles on Wednesday issued another apology for allegedly driving on the Capital Beltway at more than 100 mph. In a mid-afternoon news conference outside her attorney’s Largo office, Toles apologized for the incident last month in which police said an officer spotted her speeding. Show More Summary

Prince George’s Council prohibits councilwoman from using county-owned vehicles

A Prince George’s County councilwoman, who apparently drove more than 100 miles per hour on the Capital Beltway last month, can not drive or have access to a county-owned vehicle until at least a police investigation is completed. Read full article >>

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