The feud between Prince George's County Executive Parris N. Glendening and the county council over freezing worker's wages transcends salaries. It's about how to run government in tough times. The council, realistically viewing Prince George's deteriorating fiscal picture, recently overrode the executive's veto of a measure freezing all government employee pay through October.
Mr. Glendening said the measure wasn't needed in the wake of agreements he made with unions to stretch out wage increases. He also unveiled a $1 billion-plus budget calling for more money for schools, increasing the number of police and firefighters, lower property taxes and no more layoffs for county workers.
The motives behind the growing estrangement of these two branches of Prince George's government is being cast in alternate lights. Is Mr. Glendening sacrificing fiscal integrity for his upcoming gubernatorial bid? Is the county council responding defensively to his moves to strip its clout over land-use decisions and term limitations?