Sunday, October 12, 2008

Furloughs in PGC Connected to CASA de MD

Furloughs in Prince Georges County - Connected to CASA de MD.

From the Gazette

The painful news of two-week furloughs for 6,000 Prince George's County workers leaves a bitter taste in the mouths of hundreds of thousands of citizens who rely on them. No one was spared — firefighters, paramedics, and police — all subject to these shocking and Draconian measures.

The accompanying cuts to county schools and across-the-board reductions in other departments is further evidence of the growing mismanagement of the public trust by County Executive Jack Johnson and the Prince George's County Council. Clearly there are ways to trim the budget and reserve shrinking resources for those who actually deserve to receive them. But Johnson and the County Council are politicians first and a distant second when it comes to practical leadership.

Highlighting the twisted priorities of Prince George's political leadership is the Sept. 13 announcement by Prince George's Community College (PGCC) and CASA of Maryland, an illegal alien support group. With growing unemployment among Prince George's African-American community, the PGCC (Largo Campus) and CASA announced the graduation of the first class of 12 day laborers from vocational training focused on carpentry, dry walling, painting and tiling.
Johnson and the County Council are using our tax dollars at PGCC to effectively take away good paying jobs and food on the table from hard-working Prince George's citizens.

Johnson and the County Council should pull the plug on the planned multi-million dollar CASA of Maryland headquarters and worker center in Langley Park — a center which will act as a powerful magnet to attract increasing numbers of illegal aliens and their families to Prince George's County, with the accompanying increase in crime, gangs and drain on services. It's time to permanently furlough CASA of Maryland in Prince George's County.

Brad Botwin, Rockville

The writer is director of Help Save Maryland, an organization opposed to spending tax money on illegal immigrants.


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