Discussions Focused on County Budget, Fiscal Outlook, COVID-19 Impacts and Legislative Priorities for 2021
The Prince George’s County Council has concluded its 2021 Annual Retreat “Challenges and Opportunities,” held January 6 – 7, 2021. The two-day annual meeting, which was held virtually from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day, may be viewed on the Council website.
Council Chair Calvin S. Hawkins, II, says the Council remains committed to effectively addressing the many challenges ahead, and seizing the opportunities to emerge a stronger Prince George’s County.
“The Council convenes a retreat annually in January to establish a foundation for the upcoming Legislative Year. It was especially important to come together this year to discuss the health, safety, and economic impacts of the pandemic on County residents, businesses, workers and communities; review the County’s COVID-19 response; and discuss a path forward. We received important updates and engaged in productive dialogue. I remain confident that our time together sets the foundation for a successful Legislative Year.”
Council Members opened Wednesday’s session with a briefing on the County Budget and fiscal matters provided by Office of Management and Budget Director, Stanley Earley. The presentation and dialogue focused on the County’s economic and long-term fiscal outlook, including an overview of the County’s employment and unemployment rates, housing and job trends, tax credits, budget-related fiscal challenges and Coronavirus Relief Funding. The County Budget session was followed by an update on the various programs and services available through the County to support residents and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Morning sessions concluded with a COVID-19 update from County Health Officer, Dr. Ernest Carter, who provided status reports on the county’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan, Behavioral Health Support and Healthcare System Capacity.
Day two of the Council Retreat, held Thursday, January 7, began with a Judicial Branch Briefing from Seventh Judicial Circuit Administrative Judge, Sheila R. Tillerson Adams; Court Administrator, Stephanye Maxwell and Family Justice Center Director, Denise McCain. Council Members were updated on court operations, case statistics, early inmate release, and the system’s COVID-19 response.
In preparation for the opening of the 2021 Maryland General Assembly Session on January 13th, Senate Delegation Vice-Chair and former County Council Member Obie Patterson, and House Delegation Chair Erek Barron discussed the County’s Joint Legislative Priorities with the Council, including the Countywide Map Amendment, Kirwan funding and school construction.
For more retreat information, updates and presentations visit https://pgccouncil.us/Retreat