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Half of MGM casino revenue to fund schools and libraries in Pr. George’s

The Prince George’s County Council voted unanimously Tuesday to reserve half of all taxes from gaming revenue generated by the billion-dollar MGM casino for public schools, libraries and community colleges.Read full article >>

Trimming school-improvement programs to fit a scaled-back budget

A divided Prince George’s County Board of Education adopted a downsized $1.8 billion budget Thursday night, cutting programs that would have been funded by a proposed property tax increase rejected by the county council.Read full article >>

Bitter budget battle in Prince George’s ends with Rushern Baker’s surrender

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) announced Friday that he will accept the 2016 operating budget approved by the County Council and not challenge it in court, bringing an end to the most bitter battle he has waged with the council since taking office.Read full article >>

Bitter budget battle in Prince George’s ends with Rushern Baker’s surrender

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) announced Friday that he will accept the 2016 operating budget approved by the County Council and not challenge it in court, bringing an end to the most bitter battle he has waged with the council since taking office.Read full article >>

Budget war in Prince George’s: Council overrides Rushern Baker’s vetoes

The Prince George’s County Council voted Tuesday to override budget vetoes handed down by County Executive Rushern L. Baker III, rejecting for the second time in three weeks a proposed double-digit increase in the property tax rate.Read full article >>

Bitter budget battle could impact other priorities in Prince George’s County

The budget war raging in Prince George’s County has exposed a bitter breach between Rushern L. Baker III and the nine-member legislature, after years of the council offering strong support to Baker’s ambitious initiatives.Read full article >>

Budget war in Prince George’s: Council overrides Rushern Baker’s vetoes

The Prince George’s County Council voted Tuesday to override budget vetoes handed down by County Executive Rushern L. Baker III, rejecting for the second time in three weeks a proposed 15-percent increase in the property tax rate.Read full article >>

Baker to veto parts of budget; sets up showdown with Pr. George’s council

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III announced Monday that he will veto parts of the budget approved by the County Council, restoring most of the tax increases that lawmakers rejected and setting up a possible legal showdown between the two branches of government.Read full article >>

Baker aides say council broke the law when it rejected major tax increase

Aides to Prince George’s Executive Rushern L. Baker III said Thursday that county lawmakers acted illegally last month when they rejected Baker’s proposal for a major tax increase, an accusation that sends an already bitter budget process into unfamiliar legal territory. Read full article >>

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?

3 years agoNews : Reason

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?

3 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…

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