Bill proposed to raise minimum wage from $7.25 to $11.50, Lines for permits to be a thing of the past, according to Prince George’s County’s Information Technology team, Teavana opens in Bowie Town Center, Brandywine Crossing is getting a Carolina Kitchen, Longhorn Steakhouse opens another location at Largo Town Center and I am so not impressed. Don’t want to come off as ungrateful but we have to demand more.
Prince George’s County bill CB-94-2013 would bring the minimum wage up from $7.25 to $11.50 in yearly increments starting in July 2014 when the minimum wage would be raised to $8.25, the following two years to $10.25 and $11.50. From the Washington Post: Members of the Montgomery and Prince George’s county councils introduced bills Tuesday to raise the minimum wage to $11.50 an hour, an unusual display of regional collaboration that may soon include D.C. lawmakers. Maryland requires applicable employers to pay $7.25 an hour, the current federal minimum wage. That amounts to about $15,000 a year for a full-time employee. Sponsors of both bills said the wage is unjustly low, especially in a region where living costs are so high.
“We just believe that now is the time for the residents of Prince George’s County to have an opportunity to have an increase in wages, so they can really keep up with the cost of inflation,” said Prince George’s council Chair Andrea Harrison (D-Springdale).
All I’ve heard from other bloggers is complaints about how the county’s new website has omitted information that once was there or buried stuff in their new site and no one can find anything anymore. The Gazette is reporting that county’s new $448k website is the result of consulting with the community and the Information Technology Office needs us to be patient but engaged because features are continually being added. “Getting permits to build a deck or swimming pool soon won’t require a trip to a Prince George’s County government building. Instead of waiting in lines, residents will be able to file permit applications online, thanks to a new mobile application and feature on its website.
“You can see the progress of the permit, which adds another level of transparency in the process,” said Vennard Wright, the county’s chief information officer/director with the Office of Information Technology. “People can submit their plan online and make their payments there as well.”
I know everyone is coffee crazy but not me. I drink decaf and prefer tea any day over coffee, so it was soothing and exciting to hear that Teavana will be opening in Bowie Town Center. Teavana is a loose leaf tea emporium. The shop will sell a variety of loose leaf teas from across the globe as well as tea kettles, teapots, rock sugar, tea cups and mugs and other tea appliances. It will be located on Emerald Way, across from JoS. A. Banks and Francesca’s. Teavana’s store in Bowie Town Center will be the retailers first location in Prince George’s County and sixth store in Maryland. Our County’s Economic Development Corporation gave a heads up that T.J. Maxx is coming to The Mall at Prince George’s this Fall, a Longhorn Steakhouse Restaurant is opening at Largo Town Center and another Carolina Kitchen is opening this Fall at the Brandywine Crossing. I’m really not that impressed with any of this news. This county needs more than soul food, big box stores and discount clothing stores. Don’t get me wrong because I love soul food and discounted clothes, trust me I do. But PGCo residents are on the short end of a long drive when it comes to locating a close Trader Joe’s, Nordstroms, or a independent restaurant groups. I feel a movement welling up in me. Let me pay attention to this.