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Baker Announces 2011 General Assembly Legislative Accomplishments for Prince George's County

This story comes to us from Scott L. Peterson:

Annapolis, MD: Today, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III was joined by the Prince George’s County Delegation and County Council to announce the accomplishments of the Prince George’s County legislative agenda for the 2011 Maryland General Assembly Session.  At the top of the list of achievements was a restoration of $10.3 million dollars in operating funds for the Prince George’s County Public Schools and secured $34.3 million for school construction.  

Additionally, the Prince George’s County Delegations in the House and Senate helped achieve meaningful ethics reforms, passed the Alcohol Tax, secure funding for transportation and construction priorities, and expanded in-state tuition options for more students in the County.  

“Over the past four months, my administration worked closely with the Prince George’s County delegation and the County Council to move the County forward through tough economic times,” said Baker.  “I am very proud of our results. The State and region have taken note that we are united as a County and dedicated to making progress for our citizens.  We secured big victories, especially for our top priority: education.”

“This legislative session we worked as a team both in the House of Delegates and the Senate, along with the County Executive and County Council, we achieved great results for our constituents,” said Prince George’s County House Delegation Chair, Melony Griffiths. (D-25)

“I am really proud of our County delegation and all of the elected official in Prince George’s County.  We all worked together and truly were able to make a difference during the 2011 General Assembly session,” said Prince George’s County Senate Delegation Chair, Douglas “J.J.” Peters. (D-23)

Highlights of the Prince George’s County legislative accomplishments include:

·         Restored $10.3 in K-12 school operating funds, for a total of approximately $869 million in education aid and a total of $1.1 billion in state aid.

·         Secured $34.3 million in school construction funding

·         Restored $8.8 million in disparity grant funding to the County and the School Board

·         Secured $4 million in capital funds for critical improvements to the Prince George’s County Hospital system.

·         Secured $15 million in operating funds for the Prince George’s County Hospital.

·         Obtained a $10 million grant from the Maryland Department of Transportation for the Virginia Manor Road property (Konterra), the County’s top construction priority.

·         Obtained $2.2 million in highway user revenues, which will help the County and municipalities maintain and improve transportation infrastructure.

·         Attained budget language that requires the State to provide a plan to move the Department of Housing and Community Development to the County.

·         Obtained forgiveness of a $2.9 million loan from the State for past road improvements around Fed Ex Field.

·         Successfully resisted shifting teacher pensions to the County.

“The 2011 Maryland General Assembly was the first legislative session of my administration and I am proud of my staff, colleagues, and supporters in Annapolis.  We pursued an aggressive agenda, we heard many strong and passionate arguments on all sides of many issues, and we finished this session more united as County than we started,” said Baker. “Today, I am proud to announce that the 2011 legislative session was a success for Prince George’s County.”