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Old 11-19-2013, 05:59 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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PG is not MoCo it cannot afford to have a climate that is deemed anti-business. Following MoCo's lead is a big mistake.

Prince George’s County Council puts off vote on minimum wage bill - The Washington Post




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Prince George’s County lawmakers on Tuesday deferred a vote on a bill that would raise the minimum wage to at least $11.50 an hour by 2016.

While there appeared to be widespread support on the council for the bill, members said they wanted to wait to see whether a similar measure passes later this month in Montgomery County. Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) has said he is concerned that raising the minimum wage would put the county, which has struggled to attract retailers, at a competitive disadvantage.
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Old 11-19-2013, 06:19 PM
 
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PG is not MoCo it cannot afford to have a climate that is deemed anti-business. Following MoCo's lead is a big mistake.

Prince George’s County Council puts off vote on minimum wage bill - The Washington Post
PG does not need to be moco and is not moco... that is stupid. And they were right, why do something to put yourself in a bad situation? Moco might come back and say the same thing....
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Old 11-19-2013, 08:15 PM
 
Location: DMV
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There were a few businesses, including Wegmans that publicly disagreed with DC passing a similar bill. If they want to address wage issues, then the county needs to be more creative with job creation. Casino jobs and jobs at Walmart aren't going to solve the problem. The county needs to pick an industry and build a research park that will be a focal point of job growth.
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Old 11-19-2013, 08:31 PM
 
Location: Montgomery County, MD
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Corruption is as corruption does...sad so many pols are bought and paid for.
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Old 11-19-2013, 08:49 PM
 
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According to the Washington Business Journal the retail is going to be the fastest growing industry over the next few years throughout the metro area. Office space is going to be stagnate which means other types of businesses are not going to grow significantly over the next few years. That said most jurisdictions are going to focus on growing retail. For PG this will be more critical since companies looking at office space look at the amenities and infrastructure. I agree with PGT that they need to focus on a industry (preferably emerging and high growth) but that needs to one component in an integrated growth strategy that includes increasing community amenities, better infrastructure and more walkable communities. Schools need to be a part of that equation but that is soooooooooooo far down the pike of being fixed that it should be superseded by the former in priority. That said they need to build communities or areas that target empty-nesters, single income no kids, and couples with no kids. They are not as concerned about the quality of a school as they are about access to retail, dining, and entertainment. These groups, historically, have more disposable income than families with children.

As for PGC decision to wait? I think that is a smart move. You don't need to be an early adopter when you are not leading the pack. Doing so could not only impact companies that rely on heavily on minimum wage but also the larger companies that rely on those companies or have a certain percentage of minimum wage workers. It would be wise for them to wait until larger, more affluent counties increase theirs or when the state mandates it.
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Old 11-21-2013, 09:09 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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They don't need to wait for anything, they need to reject it outright.
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