Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III is slated to deliver his first State of the Economy address at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the 10th annual Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce economic development showcase. The event will be held at the Riggs Alumni Center at the University of Maryland at College Park.
Baker (D), who promised school improvement, economic development and enhanced public safety during his campaign, is expected to touch on all those issues in his speech. He has also made ethics reform a centerpiece of his administration’s efforts, seeking support from the General Assembly for bills that would limit campaign contributions from developers for himself and the county council; restrict county credit card use; strengthen the county’s ethics commission; and restrict the council’s ability to delay development proposals. Baker took office on Dec. 6, a few weeks after his predecessor Jack B. Johnson (D) and Johnson’s wife, Leslie, a member of the County Council, were arrested on federal corruption charges.