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Leggett Edges Toward Slots Announcement

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett dropped more hints today that he is preparing to part with his long standing opposition to slots, and said he would formally announce his position on the referendum by the end of the week.

For more than a decade, Leggett has spoken out against state-sponsored gambling, but he has recently signaled that his position has evolved as Maryland budget writers have fewer options to balance the state's books.

"The other option is further cuts and reductions to local communities," he said during an interview with the Post's editorial board. "There are no perfect solutions."

Leggett has been lobbied heavily by slots opponents, including many of Montgomery's elected officials. He met earlier today with Comptroller Peter Franchot (D), one of the most outspoken voices against the ballot measure that would allow 15,000 slot machines throughout the state.

"The easiest thing to do politically in Montgomery County would be to do nothing," Leggett said of taking a position.


By Ann Marimow  |  September 15, 2008; 3:28 PM ET
Categories:  Ann Marimow , Slots  
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Ike Leggett said..."The easiest thing to do politically in Montgomery County would be to do nothing..."

Ike has been doing that since he became MoCo CEO.

Posted by: Fred | September 15, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Ike Leggett has no original ideas or solutions whatsoever..he is the worst County Exec we have had in MoCo. I can not wait to vote him out!

Say goodbye Ike...

Posted by: Sasha | September 15, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Help is on the way! Vote for Question B to make it more difficult for the county elected officials to exceed the charter property tax limit. We got a 14% increase in property taxes with another huge increase in the works for next year. Vote FOR B! Save Our Homes!

Posted by: Robin Ficker, Broker Robin Realty | September 15, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Pardon me for asking, but could someone please explain why it is necessary to have a state *constitutional amendment* to authorize slots, rather than simply passing a law?

While it might seem really big of the legislature to allow the people of Maryland to vote on whether we want to allow OTHER people to donate to the state treasury by gambling, in general they've never been so keen on letting us do the same when it comes to tax increases or new expenditures which we have no choice but to pay for. (Robin, where can I get a bumper sticker promoting *your* ballot question?)

In any event, since I have mixed feelings about this arrangement, I'm very interested in hearing what Leggett wants us to do so that I will know how NOT to vote.

Posted by: Afpre42 | September 16, 2008 7:10 AM | Report abuse

Welcome to Atlantic City, Maryland!

Posted by: Donny | September 16, 2008 9:23 AM | Report abuse

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