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
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