Why Prince George’s Struggles with Corruption

December 7, 2010  |  

(Greater Greater Washington) — Dear Mr. Baker,  Congratulations on your recent election as County Executive. Having worked in the Prince George’s County government for some years, we are very heartened by your win, along with that of several promising new members of the County Council who have expressed their intention to advance a Smart Growth agenda.  But at the same time we’re disheartened by the recent criminal charges against Jack Johnson and others, which highlight again an even more entrenched “pay-to-play,” corrupt political system than some of us were aware of. In short, it looks like perhaps you’ve inherited a much bigger mess than many realized, in addition to a budget gap of at least $50 million.

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