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Thursday, October 31, 2013

CALLING ALL MOUNT RAINIER VETERANS!

Still looking for veterans living in Mount Rainier.  Are you a veteran?  Do you live in the Great City of Mount Rainier Maryland?  Please contact Mayor Malinda Miles at mayormiles@gmail.com.

In your contact email or letter please provide the your full name during the time you were in the service, branch of service that you were in, dates that you served, your rank at the time of your discharge, and whether or not you were on active duty in any war during your service to our Country.  This information is needed a no later than November 4, 2013 to be included in program.

Mount Rainier will be honoring its veterans on Sunday, November 10, 2013 from 2:00pm and 4:00pm at Mount Rainier's City Hall, One Municipal Place, Mount Rainier, MD 20712.  Also, please RSVP to Janis Lomax at 301-985-6585 so that we will have sufficient food and other preparations in place.

Hope to hear from you soon!

HALLOWEEN PARTY -- A MAJOR SUCCESS

WOW!  WOW!  WOW!  Thank you to ALL of the "trick or treaters" that came to fright night party tonight.  More than 400 participants came  based on the number of bags of candy given out. That did not include the help.

Thank you to the neighbors who came and brought more candy to help our with the crowd.

Thank you to the officers who made sure that the children were safe, and demonstrated the segway by allowing them to learn how to ride on it.

Thank you to the MRTV crew that came and filmed a portion of the evening and captured our residents having fun even when it started to rain.

Hats office to William L. Miles (all three of them Sr. II, and III) for setting up, decorating, DJing, and showing the movies, the cotton candy , cotton candy machine, and for clean up (and all of his helpers).

Thank you Tim Littlejohn for the Popcorn and popcorn machine.

Thank you Nneka Barnes for helping me shop for the party.  That was a lot of lifting and loading.

Thank you Kandi Miles for helping me do all of the running around today to do final pick up.

Tonya Miles, you were a life saver when we ran out of candy and you started making up more bags.  They kept on coming, and even the potato chips ran out.  Okay, the apple cider went first!

Thank you to all of the young people that came yesterday and bagged candy; popped popcorn, made cotton candy, and helped me all afternoon and evening.  Community service hours will be awarded in addition to my great big thank you!

ALL of you made me feel happy, excited, and proud to be the Mayor of our great City.  I also got the message from the residents that we MUST do this again next year.  Same place, same date, same time!  Hope you will JOIN US!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

VETERAN STAND DOWN AND HOMELESS RESOURCE DAY

For Immediate Release:
October 29, 2013

For More Information:
Dee-Dee Bass
Prince George’s County
Department of Social Services


PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY IS EXCITED TO CELEBRATE THE AREA'S ANNUAL VETERAN STAND DOWN AND HOMELESS RESOURCE DAY 

LANDOVER, MD – On November 2, 2013 Prince George’s County Department of Social Services will host its annual Veterans Stand Down & Homeless Resource Day. This event will be held from10:00a.m. until 4:00p.m. at the Wayne K. Curry Sports and Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Road, Landover, MD 20785.  The event is open to all County residents who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless. 

This annual event will provide a number of services for veterans, homeless individuals and families.  This will be a day providing easy access to critical support services that will include dental services, education assistance, onsite application for Veteran’s Administration and Department of Social Services benefits, legal support, mental health assessments and so much more. Those in attendance will have an opportunity to meet with various county, state and local service providers to receive information and referral services.


To Volunteer or donate please contact, 301-909-7063 or email Ryan.Harrison@maryland.gov (in the subject of the email put VSDHRD and in the body of your message include your name and telephone number)

Monday, October 28, 2013

The Mayor's Blog has had a Facelift

If you are not viewing my blog, this is an invitation.  I just worked on it for a few hours to improve the information.

I have added some pictures so it will not be too boring.

I have added a translator so that no matter the language you can find out about Mount Rainier and what is important to it and what is going on in and around Mount Rainier.

I've changed the cover to show workers on Bunker Hill Road, and have become a fixture in our City for the past two years.

I've also made it easier to find a post, event or other information.

There is a new button that invites you to join me and/or follow me on the web.

All and all, it is another tool to try to keep residents informed of what is going on in our City.  Hope you will stop by and leave me a post.  See you real soon.

NOTE:  Have not figured out how to link my Twitter page to my blog or my Facebook page, but that will be coming soon.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Gateway CDC's Membership Drive

Please join me tonight, October 25, from 6:00pm until 8:00pm for a wonderful reception and membership drive on behalf of Gateway CDC.

The meeting is hosted by the City of Mount Rainier (Mayor and Council) and will be held at the Mount Rainier Police Station, located at 3249 Rhode Island Avenue.

The meeting is a meet and greet, and the kickoff of the Gateway CDC membership drive. Light refreshments will be available, with beer and wine generously donated by Chuck's Liquors, Kaywood Liquors, and Party Time Liquors.

This is a very exciting time for Gateway, and we encourage you to come out and  bring along friends and/or neighbors. Memberships are very reasonably priced and offer benefits.

I look forward to greeting each of you as you learn more about Gateway CDC in the Gateway Art District!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

TWO CRITICAL NEW LAWS IN MARYLAND

NEW CELL PHONE AND SEAT BELT LAWS

Maryland's Cell Phone Use Ban (TR 21–1124.2)

Effective October 1, 2013, Maryland’s cell phone law now prohibits a driver from using a cell phone while a motor vehicle is in motion.
 Law enforcement officers can stop a driver solely for using a cell phone – no other offense is needed.  Drivers will receive a fine of up to:
▪ ▪ ▪$75 – first offense $125 – second offense $175 – third & subsequent offense
 Nationally, 80 percent of vehicle crashes involve some sort of driver inattention.
 On average, more than 30,000 people in Maryland are injured annually as a result of distracted driving crashes.

Maryland's Seat Belt Law

Effective October 1, 2013 Maryland has a primary seat belt law for front seat occupants AND a secondary seat belt law for back seat occupants.

 Tickets can be issued to drivers and front seat passengers even if no other violation is observed. Each person that is not buckled up (driver and passenger) may receive a ticket of up to $50 for not wearing a seatbelt.
 In the case where any passenger under the age of 16 years of age is not buckled up, the driver will receive a ticket for each offense. For instance, if a driver is stopped and not wearing a seat belt, and a passenger under the age of 16 is also not restrained, the driver will receive a $50 adult seat belt ticket for himself and a $50 ticket for the passenger.
 Seat belts save lives. Motorists are 75 percent less likely to be killed in a rollover crash if they are buckled up.3
 For the period 2007-2011, 68,151 backseat occupants of passenger vehicles were involved in a reported crash in Maryland. Of these, there were 127 fatalities, 75% of which were reported to be unbelted. Additionally, there were 6,243 occupants who sustained a moderate or severe injury. Those who were reported as unbelted were 67% more likely to sustain a moderate to fatal injury.

NHTSA, Distracted Driving and Driver, Roadway, and Environmental Factors University of Maryland, Baltimore ‐ National Study Center for Trauma and EMS NHTSA, 2013 Click it or Ticket Fact Sheet University of Maryland, Baltimore ‐ National Study Center for Trauma and EMS

Belted drivers were 50% more likely to sustain a moderate to fatal injury as the result of a motor vehicle crash when the occupant seated directly behind them was unbelted as compared to drivers who were seated in front of a belted occupant. 5

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?

Park the Phone Before You Drive! Talking on a cell phone or texting is a leading source of driver distraction.

Manage Your Time. Driving is not the time to talk or text on a cell phone. Drive Defensively. Just because you don't drive distracted doesn't mean that others won't.

Ride Responsibly. If you are a passenger and a driver is using a handheld cell phone, ask them to pull over or wait until they arrive at the destination. Avoid causing distractions as well.

Buckle Up Every Time, Day and Night, In Every Seat!
Motorists should buckle up every time they go out, both day and night, and in all seating positions. 
Wearing a seat belt is your best defense against unsafe drivers. Buckling up is the single most important step you can take to save your life in the event of a crash.
Law enforcement agencies across Maryland are prepared to ticket anyone not buckled up...no warnings and no excuses.
  
Set a good example!
Children and young drivers model adult behavior. Adults who use a handheld cell phone while driving or who don’t buckle up are sending children the message that those behaviors are acceptable.

For more information contact:
Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration
6601 Ritchie Highway, N.E. Glen Burnie, MD 21062 Contact: Buel Young, Organizational Relations,(410) 762-5188 http://www.mva.maryland.gov/


Three Sister Municipalities are Joining Mount Rainier as Sustainable Communities

The Environmental Finance Center at the University of Maryland is
pleased to announce the four new municipalities that achieved 
Sustainable Maryland Certified status in the Fall 2013 round by
meeting the rigorous requirements of the program.  

The newly certified communities include:
City of College Park
Town of Edmonston
City of Hyattsville 

Joanne Throwe, Director of the Environmental Finance Center, congratulated the certified towns: "These communities are municipal leaders that are making important strides towards the long-term goal of a sustainable Maryland. Their efforts will serve as models for other Maryland communities seeking to ensure a more environmentally and economically resilient future for their residents."

Affordable Health Care in Prince George's County



From Delegation Chair Jolene Ivey:

Good afternoon! This morning the Prince George’s County House Delegation was fortunate to receive a briefing on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and  how it relates to people who have not had insurance coverage and issues that we face getting them coverage so far.

After all the vitriol we continue to hear and the strife this country has endured over this law, we should bear in mind one of the most important aspects of the Affordable Care Act: That it will be a crucial step in providing better health care coverage to the state’s population of 750,000 adults who do not have health insurance now, including roughly 150,000 in Prince George’s County.

To help residents purchase the right coverage, the state has set up the Maryland Health Connection, a website that allows people to browse more than 45 plans based on your income, needs and situation. The site is: http://www.marylandhealthconnection.gov/.

There have been problems with the site since it launched on Oct. 1. There have been about 1,100 enrollments in the first 10 days, while our goal for the next calendar year is to enroll 147,000 people. We’re told the usability design errors in the site at the start are being updated to make the process as smooth as possible, and that the site should still be your first place to check out what options are available.

If you are experiencing problems with the website and enrollment, or would like to speak with someone who can help in Prince George’s County to obtain a health care plan, please call the local phone number for the health connection: 1-240-773-8250. We’ve also attached a list of sites and times where help is available in-person to help residents find the appropriate coverage through Oct. 31 at several sites, including:
·        Prince George’s County Government Center – 425 Brightseat Road, Landover, MD
·        Adam’s House, Suitland Health and Wellness Center – 5001 Suitland Road, Suitland, MD
·        Greater Baden – Capital Heights – 1458 Addison Road, Capitol Heights, MD
·        Prince George’s Multi-Service Center – 4235 28th Avenue, Temple Hills, MD
·        Prince George’s County Government Center – 6505 Belcrest Road, Hyattsville, MD

If you know someone who does not have health insurance, please emphasize their need to enroll. To have coverage on Jan. 1, a person needs to have a plan selected by Dec. 18, and this coverage is key to ensuring that residents have affordable options for preventive treatment as well as emergencies.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Interested in what will be going on at the Mount Rainier City Council Work Session?  See the Agenda posted below then watch the work session on channels 71 Comcast or 21 Verizon; live stream online at mrtv.pegcentral.com.  However you do it, get involved with your City government in Mount Rainier, Maryland. 
Mayor and Council Work Session  Agenda
One Municipal Place
Mount Rainier, MD 20712

October 15, 2013

Announcements

Items to be DISCUSSED:

34th Street Pavement Project Council 10 minutes

Purchase of T-shirts and Other Items Tarlau 5 minutes

Ordinance 9-2013 Residential Parking Permits and other Parking Revisions Bolin 15 minutes

Ordinance 11 -2013 - Wearable Body Cameras Council 15 minutes

Directional signage – MRPD/hospitals/points of interest Chief Scott 10 minutes

Ordinance 12-2013 Revising Chapter 12B Urban Forest Christopherson/Attorney 15 minutes

Council rules for discussion and approval Miles

Advisory body rules and procedures for discussion and approval - Miles

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Mount Rainier's Veterans

It's time for your Benefits Check Up! If you served in the United States Uniformed Services you may be entitled to state and federal benefits. Due to the complexities of veterans laws, it is always prudent to talk with an accredited veterans service officer about your earned benefits. Find your local veterans service office here or call 1-800-446-4926 x 6450. Please encourage your fellow veterans to do the same.

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Mount Rainier to HOST Gatewway CDC Membership Drive

Gateway Community Development Corporation (CDC) - Mount Rainier is hosting theOctober 25, 2013 Gateway CDC membership drive.  The membership drive will be held at the Mount Rainier Police Department from 6:00pm until 8:00pm.  Light refreshments will be available, with beer and wine donated by Chuck’s Liquors, Kaywood Liquors, and Party Time Liquors.

This is a DATE CORRECTION!.  NO MEMBERSHIP DRIVE SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 17!

Saturday, October 05, 2013

Government shutdown: What's closed, what's open?

Wondering what federal government agencies are open and which ones are closed?  Check this list.

http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2013/09/politics/government-shutdown-impact/

Friday, October 04, 2013

Gateway CDC Membership Drive

Please put on your calendar that our next Membership Meeting will be held on Friday, October 25, from6-8pm at the Mount Rainier Police Station. Mount Rainier Mayor Malinda Miles has agreed to host this meeting for us! We are very grateful to her for doing this for us, and to Janis Lomax for coordinating the meeting!

The City will provide beer and wine, tables and chairs for 50 people, and Gateway CDC will provide other refreshments, membership forms and the short agenda for the meeting.

Thanks much!

Carole Bernard
Executive Director
Gateway Community Development Corporation
4102 Webster Street
North Brentwood, MD 20722

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Let's Go Green/Workshops are AVAILABLE and CASH REBATES

The cash rebates range from $50 to $100 for installing a rain barrel to catch runoff from gutters and downspouts; to $5,000 for installing permeable pavement or removing asphalt pavement; and up to $20,000 for installing a green roof vegetated roof system that stores rainwater in its soil.
The county's Department of Environmental Resources is offering four workshops in October to help property owners learn about installing the green initiatives.
The first workshop will be held Oct. 3, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Laurel-Beltsville Senior Center, 7120 Contee Road. Additional workshops are scheduled for Oct. 9, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Accokeek Branch Library, 15773 Livingston Road, in Accokeek; Oct. 22, 7 to 9 p.m., at Bladensburg Community Center, 4500 57th Ave., in Bladensburg; and Oct. 29, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Hillcrest Heights Community Center, 2300 Oxon Run Drive, in Temple Hills.
"The point of the rebate program is to encourage people to install these practices," said Carole Barth, a DER planner who is helping organize the workshops. "Eighty-seven percent of the county was developed before we had to do stormwater management, and we have some catching up to do to meet new, stricter mandates."

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Maryland’s Lawn Fertilizer Law ----- NEW as of October 1, 2013

Maryland’s new lawn fertilizer law is designed to protect the Chesapeake Bay from excess nutrients entering its waters from a variety of urban sources, including golf courses, parks, recreation areas, athletic fields, businesses and hundreds of thousands of suburban and urban lawns.
Nutrients—primarily nitrogen and phosphorus—are key ingredients in lawn fertilizer. When it rains, excess nutrients can wash off the land and into the streams and rivers that feed the Chesapeake Bay. Once in our waterways, excess fertilizers contribute to the growth of algae blooms that block sunlight from reaching Bay grasses, rob the water of oxygen and threaten underwater life.
 
Lawn fertilizer now accounts for approximately 44 percent of the fertilizer sold in Maryland. While certain restrictions on fertilizer use have been in place for farmers since 2001, additional stakeholder involvement is needed if Maryland is to meet new nutrient reduction goals outlined in its Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) to restore the Bay. Maryland’s new lawn fertilizer law affects fertilizer manufacturers and distributors, lawn care professionals and homeowners.
Maryland’s Lawn Fertilizer Law—
What you should know.
Beginning October 1, 2013
Homeowners and do-it-yourselfers will be required to follow University of Maryland recommendations when fertilizing lawns. Mandatory restrictions, similar to those imposed for lawn care professionals, apply:
  • Homeowners must follow University of Maryland fertilizer recommendations when applying nitrogen to lawns.
  • A single application may not exceed 0.9 pound total nitrogen per 1,000 square feet and 0.7 pound of soluble nitrogen per 1,000 square feet. Visit http://www.hgic.umd.edu/ for seasonal and yearly recommendations.
  • Homeowners are prohibited from applying fertilizer to sidewalks, driveways or other impervious surfaces. Any product that lands on these surfaces must be swept back onto lawns.
  • No fertilizer applications within 15 feet of waterways. This setback is reduced to 10 feet if a drop spreader, rotary spreader with deflector or targeted spray liquid is used to apply fertilizer.
  • No lawn fertilizer may be applied between November 15 and March 1 and when the ground is frozen.
  • Fertilizers may not be used to de-ice walkways and driveways.
  • Do not fertilize if heavy rain is predicted.
  • Phosphorus may only be applied to lawns when indicated by soil test results or when the homeowner is establishing, patching or renovating a lawn.
          Enforcement Authority and More Information
A county, municipality or MDA may enforce these requirements for homeowners.   This law pre-empts any existing local ordinances.
http://mda.maryland.gov/resource_conservation/Documents/fertilizerwebpage.pdf
         Maryland Department of Agriculture
Nutrient Management Program
50 Harry S. Truman Parkway Annapolis, MD 21401 

PEPCO Offer to Helps Customers DURING Government Shutdown

PEPCO Offers to Helps Customers DURING Government Shutdown

Resources Available for Customers Struggling to Pay Bills

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Pepco wants to reassure customers who might be affected by a threatened federal government shutdown Oct. 1 and are worrying about how they would manage their personal finances. 

“We have a wide range of payment options that we offer customers and also offer to work individually with them on ways to manage their electric bills,” said Donna Cooper, president, Pepco Region. “We want them to know they can always call us for help, and we routinely help customers who have trouble paying their bills. For those who for the first time might find themselves unable to pay their full balances each month, we want them to know how to reach out to us.” 

Standard bill payment options Pepco offers include:
·        Special Payment Arrangements:  For our customers who may be experiencing financial conditions that make it difficult to keep their accounts current, Pepco offers a variety of individually tailored payment arrangements aimed at bringing the account up-to-date over a mutually agreeable period of time. Many of these arrangements can be made directly over the phone by calling (202) 833-7500 and following the simple instructions or through a customer service representative. Either way, Pepco will be more than glad to provide help through difficult periods. 

·        Budget Billing: Customers can avoid seasonal peaks in electric bills by dividing their payments evenly over the course of the entire year. This plan makes it easier to budget and pay energy bills each month, because customers know their regular payment amount. To sign up for budget billing, customers can register either by calling Customer Service at(202) 833-7500 or online through My Account, a secure self-service option that will allow customers to: 
o        View and pay their bills
o        Sign up for Green Bill (paperless billing)
o        Get e-mail notification when bills are ready
o        Take advantage of features than can help save energy
Once customers register for My Account, they just need to log in and click on the "Budget Billing" button.

·        Extended Payment Date Plan: This allows residential customers whose main source of total household income is from government or other low-income entitlement programs to request a regular extension of their bill due dates without having to pay a late charge so they align with the dates they get their checks. To apply, call Pepco at (202) 833-7500 or submit the enrollment form online at pepco.com

·        Energy Assistance Programs: Some federal energy assistance programs might be affected by a federal government shutdown, but assistance also may be available through state and local assistance programs. Customers can get more information on those programs by calling Pepco at (202) 833-7500.
Pepco also has conservation programs and tips for customers to reduce energy consumption, which will mean lower monthly bills. 

“We also want to help customers take control of their energy costs,” Cooper said. “Tough economic times can affect customers, and we are here to help.” 


Customers can call Customer Service or visit our website at pepco.com/energy/conservation/ to learn more about programs to help pay for more energy-efficient products, simple steps they can take to conserve energy usage and how to monitor their energy consumption. 

Prince George's County Offices will be CLOSED COLUMBUS DAY


Prince George’s County Government Announces
Holiday Schedule for Columbus Day


County government offices, with the exception of public safety agencies, will be closed on Monday, October 14, 2013 in observance of Columbus Day

LARGO, MD - The Prince George’s County Department of Environmental Resources today announced that the Brown Station Road Sanitary Landfill and all waste management facilities and collection services, including refuse and recycling, will operate on a normal schedule on Monday, October 14, 2013.  The only exception is bulky trash collections, which will not operate on October 14 and will resume collections on Tuesday, October 15, 2013

For more information, please contact CountyClick at 311.


TheBus, a public transit service operated by the Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation, will operate normal route service on Monday, October 14except for Routes 51, 51-Extended and 52, which serve County government buildings.  The County’s Para-transit service and Call-A-Bus will not run on October 14.  Normal operations of TheBus and Para-transit services will resume on Tuesday, October 15, 2013

CountyClick 311 Open House During Customer Service Week

MEDIA ADVISORY

For Immediate Release:
October 1, 2013

For Information Contact:
Sherry White-Talbert
Public Information Officer
Prince George’s County Office of Community Relations
(301) 952-4729

Prince George’s County Office of Community Relations to
Hold CountyClick 311 Open House During Customer Service Week

Upper Marlboro, MD: The Prince George’s County Office of Community Relations is celebrating the one - year anniversary of its 311 Call Center and National Customer Service Week.  CountyClick 311 was an initiative of County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III.  At its opening the County Executive said, “I am elated that this day has finally come for the residents and citizens of Prince George’s County.  CountyClick 3-1-1 is a one-stop location that residents can call to get answers to questions and resolve non-emergency issues.”

Since its opening on October 1, 2012, the call center has handled more than 184,000 calls.  Additionally, CountyClick, the on-line portal for 311 has handled more than 136,000 service requests.  The average service level rate is 94% compared to the industry average which is 80%.  “The program has exceeded our goals in terms of customer service accessibility for citizens and working towards a more efficient government,” said Musa L. Eubanks, Director of the Office of Community Relations, which houses the CountyClick 311 program.

Customer Service Week 2013 is recognized during the week of October 7th.  It is an international event devoted to recognizing the importance of customer service and to honoring the people who serve and support customers with the highest degree of care and professionalism.  In 1992, the U.S. Congress proclaimed Customer Service Week a nationally recognized event, celebrated annually during the first full week in October.

In celebration of our first anniversary of the opening of the call center and customer service week, CountyClick 311 will hold an open house.  Citizens and media are able to tour the call center and be briefed by the staff.

WHO:             Prince George’s County Office of Community Relations

WHEN:          Wednesday, October 9, 2013, 1:00 -2:00p.m.

WHERE:       Prince George’s County Administration Building
                        14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Suite L106
                        Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

The call center’s hours of operation are from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Citizens and residents may also access CountyClick by going to www.countyclick311.com or downloading the free App to their Apple or Android mobile device. Residents with any questions are encouraged to call Prince George’s County 3-1-1   
                 
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Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Impact of Federal Shutdown on Prince George's County


Statement from County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III
Federal Government Shutdown

Upper Marlboro, MD – Tonight, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III released the following statement prior to the October 1, 2013, federal government shutdown:

“Once again, the citizens and economy of Prince George’s County are put at risk over political gamesmanship on Capitol Hill.  The Prince George’s County government, like all local and state governments and citizens around this nation, count on certainty and clarity from the federal government. By shutting down federal government operations, Republicans in the House of Representatives have made it clear that they would prefer to throw the livelihoods of millions of Americans, including many Prince Georgians, into turmoil in order to make a political point.

The support that the County receives to fund services for our children, elderly, veterans and those most in need will be impacted.  16% of Prince George’s County’s workforce is employed by the federal government and thousands more benefit either directly or indirectly from federal government employment and spending.   10% of the jobs located in the County are federal jobs. Ultimately, the County’s AAA bond rating may be at risk, which would affect the services the County provides and subsequently hampering our economic development, progress, and job creation efforts. 

On behalf of nearly 900,000 Prince Georgians, I urge an immediate solution to avoid this shutdown.  Congress cannot and should not create this unwanted and unneeded damage to our families, our economy, and our nation.”    

Impact of Federal Government Shutdown
Prince George’s County Facts

Income Tax Impact
  • Approximately $3 billion in Federal spending on salaries and wages in the County annually.
  • Assumptions:
    • 260 work days per year (52 weeks x 5 days per week)
    • $3 billion – federal salaries – County residents – annually
    • 70% of gross wages = Net Taxable Income
    • 3.2% = County income tax rate
  • Based upon the above assumptions, the Federal government spends $12 million each work day to County residents in salaries and wages ($3 billion / 260 work days).
  • Accordingly, each day that the Federal government shuts down without paying employees will cost the County approximately $270,000 in income tax revenues ($12 million x 70% x 3.2%).
  • The impact of Federal shutdown on County income taxes will be minimal.  For example:
    • 5 days without pay = $1.4 million in lost income tax revenues
  • As a point of reference, the County collects approximately $500 million annually in income tax revenues.
Other Federal Facts
  • Approximately $14 billion in Federal spending annually in the County
  • Approximately $5 billion annually in Federal procurement spending in the County
    • Each day that the Federal government shuts down without paying contractors/vendors will cost businesses $19 million
  • Approximately 10% of the County’s jobs are federal jobs
    • Approximately 27,400 out of 299,000 total jobs in the County
  • Approximately 16% of the County’s civilian employed population 16 years of age or older are Federal employees
    • Approximately 71,800 out of 447,800 total civilian employed population