Sunday May 20th, 2018 – Prince George’s County Board of Education member Mr. Edward Burroughs III vowed on Saturday May 19th, 2018 that he would rather eat a box of nails rather than support Mr. Rushern Baker III for Maryland governor in 2018.
The combative Board of education member has been shepherding the county resources for a while now. Together with other two rebellious members of the Prince George’s County Board of Education Mr. David Murray and Board member Raheela Ahmed, they are doing a fantastic job.
In the past the three (3) board members led by Edward Burroughs III were instrumental in a report which found more than 30 percent of high school graduates sampled from the last two years in Prince George’s Co. either graduated without meeting state standards, or were given diplomas without proper documentation to explain irregularities like changed grades and excess absences.
There is enough evidence to show grades might have been changed to facilitate Mr. Rushern Baker III to run for govern-ship in Maryland to facilitate corruption on the state level as done on the local level. So far Mr. Rushern Baker III is the highly paid county Executive in the United States of America at more than $210,000.
At $210,000 a year, County Executive Rushern Baker earns the title of being the highest paid local elected official after manipulating the local late retired chief Judge William D. Missouri and his local committee to do a study to increase his salary and council members at the expense of the local delivery. (See COMPENSATION REVIEW BOARD REPORT below). Baker makes more running Prince George’s County than Governor Larry Hogan makes running the entire state of Maryland, at $165,000. Baker also makes more than Maryland’s U.S. Senators and Congressmen who make $174,000, respectively.
Mr. Rushern Baker III also facilitated and collaborated with State Attorney Angela Alsobrooks who is currently running to be county executive to increase her salary in what appears to be a form of bribe to cover up local issues affecting the schools. Angela Alsobrooks currently makes more than $220,000 at the expense of the county even after local issues were brought to her attention years ago. The facilitator on the Maryland state level has always been Delegate Dereck E. Davis who is the Chairman of the Economic matters whose wife now makes $222,144.
According to three members of the Board of Education, the following people received raises:
- Deputy Superintendent’s salary increased from $175,735 in October 2013 to $222,144 in July 2017 – a $46,409 or 26.4 percent pay increase
- Chief Strategic and External Affairs salary increased from $138,278 in July 2015 to $188,058 in January 2017 – a $49,780 or 36 percent pay increase
- Director of Employee Performance and Evaluation salary increased from $101,367 in July 2015 to $137,125 in May 2017 – a $35,758 or 35.3 percent pay increase
- Officer for Diversity Affairs salary increased from $130,597 in January 2017 to $144,962 in May 2017 – a $14,365 or 11 percent pay increase
- Former Chief of Staff salary increased from $207,586 in July 2014 to $220,209 in January 2016 – a $12,623 or 6.1 percent pay increase
- Chief of Communications salary increased from $115,231 in January 2017 to $141,044 in March 2017 – a $25,813 or 22.4 percent pay increase
Corruption is a result of a complex interaction of economic, institutional, political, social, and historical factors. It tends to flourish when public sector policies generate economic rents, institutions are weak such as in Prince George’s County, political and bureaucratic power is exercised for personal gain, society does not authority, lack of transparency in the functioning of government, absence of effective accountability systems, high cost of getting to public office, and low public-sector wages also encourage fraud and corruption.
Corruption imposes massive costs on countries, institutions, and ordinary citizens. It affects macroeconomic stability by encouraging wasteful and ineffective government expenditures and tax evasion; discourages investment, including foreign direct investment; raises the cost of doing business; reduces competitiveness of domestic enterprises in the international market; corrodes public institutions by subverting laws, rules, regulations, and institutional checks and balances; and undermines political legitimacy. As a result, corruption obstructs economic growth and development; creates a serious risk of marginalization in the global economy for countries with high levels of corruption; imposes a disproportionately heavy burden on the poor by siphoning off resources from antipoverty programs and by creating barriers of bribery that deny the poor access to public goods and services. Also, corruption reduces the development impact of international assistance to developing countries.
More to come.