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Ike to Israel

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett is in Israel this week for the first of several international trips he hopes to make during his tenure, including missions to India, China and possibly Vietnam and South Korea.

Taxpayers are picking up the $11,028 tab for the seven-day visit for Leggett and special assistant Chuck Short. Leggett is covering the cost for his wife Catherine to join them.

With his trip, Leggett said he hopes to encourage overseas companies to locate in the county and to make connections through the local international community. His schedule includes meetings with several executives from Israeli companies with offices in Montgomery County and with investors who are interested in expanding in the area.

"Everybody is chasing the same companies in the U.S. The real growth potential is overseas," he said before leaving on Sunday.

By Ann Marimow  |  October 8, 2007; 10:33 AM ET
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Ike, are these companies you're chasing the same ones who bring that terrible GROWTH to the county that you campaigned against?

Posted by: Try the falafel while you're there | October 8, 2007 8:02 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if Ike is going to tell my friends in Israel that his program to bring jobs to Montgomery County includes raising the income, sales, corporate and car taxes and opposing limits on the property tax? Eastern European countries have gone to a flat income tax recently, whereas Montgomery County is going to get hit with a confiscatory income tax and a regressive 20% increase in the sales tax at the same time at Leggett's suggestion.

Posted by: Robin Ficker of Robin Realty | October 9, 2007 3:50 AM | Report abuse

Ike should also tell the people of Israel that a great big jump in the corporate tax is coming too. That should make them locate here rather than in Virginia. Not!

Posted by: Corporate income tax too! | October 9, 2007 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Whatever happened to the slow growth Leggett I voted for ? I think Duchy Trachtenburg, the new councilperson, should be praised for being the only one to question the ethics of this type of trip.

Posted by: BlueDawg | October 9, 2007 2:52 PM | Report abuse

"Slow Growth Leggett" is the guy we all elected. However, Slow growth does NOT mean No growth. Get it? The executives he's meeting with are from companies that ALREADY have offices in MoCo. This should satisfy everyone except those few who are shooting for "negative growth". I don't think anyone expects Leggett to run companies out of the county. All in all, $11k is pretty cheap for a Israel trip. He must be staying at RedRoof Inn's or something.

Posted by: Donny | October 10, 2007 1:45 PM | Report abuse

I'd be interested to know if these foreign companies pay their fair share of state and local taxes. Or are there loopholes for them that other domestically run buisinesses have to make up for.

Posted by: MDLaxer | October 11, 2007 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Good point on taxes on foreign owned companies. I know Cheney's favorite Haliburton just relocated from Texas to Dubai to avoid what little taxes they paid.

Posted by: Donny | October 11, 2007 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Good point on taxes on foreign owned companies. I know Cheney's favorite Haliburton just relocated from Texas to Dubai to avoid what little taxes they paid.

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