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Leggett Urges Quick Action On State Budget

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett this morning renewed his call for a special session of the General Assembly to try to narrow the state's projected $1.5 billion budget shortfall.

"I'm still very convinced that we need to take an approach that looks at all the options on the table," Leggett said during a breakfast meeting with the County Council. He went on to mention spending cuts, taxes and slot machines as possibilities for closing the budget gap.

Over bagels and danishes, Leggett warned the council that he would be forced to take a "more prudent" approach to his own budget blueprint this spring if Gov. Martin O'Malley doesn't bring legislators back to Annapolis before January.

Leggett is anticipating a $270 million shortfall at the local level for the fiscal year that begins July 1. He said he could not present "an optimistic scenario" without more certainty from the state, which provides aid to help balance the county's roughly $4 billion budget.

-- Ann E. Marimow

By Ann Marimow  |  September 11, 2007; 12:01 PM ET
Categories:  Ann Marimow  
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Why does the Post continue to bore everyone to sleep in this blog, meanwhile, O'Malley goes totally unchecked with his systematic witch hunt firings? Do your jobs and quit trying to force higher taxes on us.

Posted by: BG from PG | September 11, 2007 8:16 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how much those bagels and danishes cost.........

Posted by: Liz | September 11, 2007 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Leggett's "prudent" approach is the same as that of the Washington Post editors who endorsed him: increase sales, income, gasoline and corporate taxes and oppose limiting property taxes. He wants to drive the middle class out of Montgomery County and make sure young people can't afford to live here and long-timers have to dig into their home equity to make a go of it. That's why I've almost finished collecting the signatures for a 2008 election charter amendment to make it more difficult to exceed the charter limit on property taxes and to make sure that those who vote to do so get the "credit." Look for Leggett to give us a big property tax hike next year.

Posted by: Robin Ficker of Robin Realty | September 12, 2007 10:09 AM | Report abuse

A foreign remittance tax would go a long way toward closing the budget gap. Illegal aliens in Maryland are sending millions of dollars that were earned "under the table" to foreign countries. A 15 percent foreign remittance tax would bring hundreds of millions of dollars into the state treasury and would enable illegal aliens to contribute to our economy.

Posted by: Eduardo | September 12, 2007 10:46 AM | Report abuse

A federal sales tax is sounding better and better.

Posted by: Rufus | September 12, 2007 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Lots of GOP bashing of Leggett and O'Malley on this one. I'm curious, what illegal firings (so-called witch hunt?) are we asking the Post to report? I've looked at other sources and can find nothing on this.

Posted by: Donny | September 13, 2007 7:33 AM | Report abuse

LOL! What did you do, Donny, review the front pages of the WaPo and The Sun? LOL!

Posted by: Rufus | September 13, 2007 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Take the bait. What witchhunt? Are GOP folks still fighting the battle of the Erlich appointee to highway emergency mgmt who was fired because his only experience was as a professional ice dancer and as a campaign worker for Erlich? That guy was reinstated and I hope is now properly trained and has gained some experience. Just trying to obtain the GOP point of view?

Posted by: Donny | September 13, 2007 9:43 PM | Report abuse

BTW, I don't consider the National Enquirer, Weekly World News, or the Washington Times (Moonies) to be legitamate news sources...but I am willing to listen to WaPo bloggers.

Posted by: Donny | September 13, 2007 9:45 PM | Report abuse

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