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Ike Leggett on defense and offense

Montgomery County

Here's the thrust of the Montgomery County executive's "state of the county" address Monday night:

"And as all of you know, we will have to play better defense than ever to fend off new cuts at the State level, in order to protect the amount of local aid that we receive.

If there is anything we should have learned from the current fiscal crisis, it is that we can no longer look at this county as being recession-proof.

And, we can no longer oversimplify our decisions about how we plan to build our future and solidify our tax base, by bringing each issue down to a choice between growth... and no-growth."

For the full text, see here:

By Michael Laris  |  December 7, 2009; 8:00 PM ET
Categories:  Montgomery County  
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If there's anything Leggett should've learned is that giving sweetheart deals to public employees is bad policy. And anyone who thinks economic good times will last forever is a fool. Come on, lets get some opposition candidates out there. Give the people some real choices.

Posted by: VikingRider | December 7, 2009 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Montgomery County is fine economically. It's one of the richest places on Earth. It's the county government's finances that are in trouble. All it would have had to do is knock a couple of points off of the growth in spending over the last decade and everything would be fine there, too.

It's amazing that a government with so much money can still find a way to spend more than it has.

Posted by: member8 | December 7, 2009 10:09 PM | Report abuse

During his tenure, Leggett has chased businesses, retirees, and wealthy taxpayers out of the County, and subsidized the addition of thousands of illegal aliens.

For him to be lecturing on fiscal matters is like Tiger Woods sermonizing about marital fidelity.

Posted by: gitarre | December 8, 2009 3:54 AM | Report abuse

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