A historic budget that takes on injustice.
These past 2 years have been the most difficult many of us have faced in our lifetimes. While Prince Georgians stepped up beautifully to face the challenges of COVID-19, we also came face-to-face with vulnerabilities in our society and saw first-hand inequities along age, economic, racial and ethnic lines that we can no longer ignore.
I want to share a news story from yesterday’s Washington Post that highlights this administration’s efforts to enact a 2023 Prince George’s County Budget that takes on the injustice that was laid bare by this pandemic. We are taking this opportunity, this moment in time when we could go back to the status quo, to lay the groundwork for a bright future that reflects what we all have learned.
I submitted a $5 billion budget for Prince George’s County yesterday that includes a significant increase in public safety spending and funding for priorities, like reducing litterand making government more efficient, that I have been focused on since I was first elected. This budget recommends that tax rates remain stable even as county spending expands, because Prince Georgians deserve solid footing as they try to recover financially from this pandemic and as they deal with rising inflation. My decision to increase the public safety budget will address the surge in violent crime while responding to your calls to protect our communities while also demanding accountability in policing. Plus, it should come as a surprise to no one that Prince George’s County children are my top priority: under this budget, the Department of Education will see a dramatic 12.2 percent increase, with $15 million dedicated school construction.
My service and this budget are simply a reflection of the courage, determination and kindness displayed by all of you during this devastating pandemic. I am honored to have the opportunity to serve my neighbors as your County Executive, and to right the unfairness that has been exposed by this virus.
We go Further Together in Prince George’s County, and together, we are working towards an even brighter future.
Prince George’s County Executive