WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Pr. George's County Exec. Delivers First State Of The Economy Address

Play associated audio
Business leaders from Prince George's County listen as Executive Baker makes his case for the economic health of the region.
Elliott Francis
Business leaders from Prince George's County listen as Executive Baker makes his case for the economic health of the region.

Baker gave a full assessment of the county's economic health and expectations for the future in his first state of the economy address.

"This is a difficult time in our nation's economy," he said in his speech, given on the University of Maryland, College Park campus. "But ladies and gentlemen, I'm hear to tell you that in Prince George's County the state of the economy is good!"

Speaking to approximately 400 local business leaders, Baker put a positive light on the county's projected $77 million shortfall for 2012, by pointing out the lack of any tax hike and the county's AAA bond rating. He also took the opportunity to resell his proposed Economic Development Initiative, designed to expand the county's commercial tax base.

"This will attract developers and big companies but it will also nurture small businesses that are so fundamental to our economy and society," Baker says.

The $50 million EDI investment is part of the county executive's $2.6 billion spending plan which is currently under consideration by the County Council.

WAMU 88.5

Auction Of Artifacts In Paris Stirs Protest At American Indian Museum In D.C.

"It's almost like seeing one of our own tribal members being auctioned off," says a member of California's Hoopa tribe who denounced the auction during an event at the National Museum of the American Indian.


We Don't Know How Many Workers Are Injured At Slaughterhouses. Here's Why

Injuries in the meat industry are likely to be under-reported, a new GAO report finds. Workers may be sent back to the line without seeing a doctor, or may not report out of fear of losing their jobs.
WAMU 88.5

Power Plant Fight In Prince George's County

A predominantly African American community in rural Prince George's County recently filed a federal civil rights complaint in response to plans to build a third power plant in one town, and fifth in the region.


Reports Peg Tech Billionaire As Funder Of Hulk Hogan's Case Against Gawker

The New York Times says entrepreneur Peter Thiel confirms he has been bankrolling the ex-wrestler's lawsuit. Gawker is appealing a jury award to Hogan of $140 million over publication of a sex tape.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.