Terry L. Speigner, Chairman of the Prince George's County Democratic Central Committee disagrees. €The County Executive is absolutely correct in not waiting for opportunities to come after you,€ Speigner said.
With regard to the trade mission€s expense, Speigner
said that €if you have to spend tens of thousands to generate even a million dollars in business for companies paying taxes in Prince George€s County then it€s worth the investment.€
With regard to the criticism about the budget deficit of Prince George€s county, Speigner
suggests that critics need only make a comparison with the budget shortfalls of neighboring jurisdictions such as Fairfax County or even the State of Maryland.
According to Speigner
, the Maryland state government €is looking at a $2 billion shortfall with very little resources.€ Speigner adds, €In the County, which heavily depends on tax assessment on property, at a time when property not selling, and home foreclosures are at a record high, it is actually to the County and the County Executive€s credit that the budget deficit is not in excess of $100 million.€