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Leggett Makes History With Veto

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First line-item veto by any county executive in 25 years affects stormwater management

Leggett 20091001 104316County Executive Ike Leggett. FILE PHOTO  Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett broke precedent and issued a line-item veto in the County Capital Improvements Programs budget over a fight with a majority of the members of the County Council over the future of stormwater management.

Leggett’s line-item veto, which is narrowly tailored to specific parts of the $4.5 billion capital budget, is the first in Leggett’s nearly 12-year tenure as County Executive and the first line-item veto by any county executive in 25 years. The veto blocks the current status quo of how the County awards contracts for its stormwater-management programs.

In January, Leggett proposed reforming the way the County Department of Environmental Protection awards stormwater-management contracts. Currently, the County offers separate contracts for different companies to plan, design, and build stormwater-management projects. Leggett proposed putting the entire process – the planning, designing, and building – of a stormwater-management contract into one contract for a company to bid on, saying it would make the process more efficient and save taxpayers money.

“I regret that you and the Council majority have made this veto necessary,” Leggett wrote in a letter to Council President Hans Riemer (D-at large). “Playing politics with a critical environmental issue, doubling down on a costly and inefficient status quo, and kicking the proverbial can down the road will never be confused with efficient governance.” 

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Leggett vetoes minimum wage bill

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County Executive Ike Leggett vetoed a bill that would have increased the County minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020.

On. Jan 21, the bill passed the council 5-4, proposing to increase the minimum wage steadily each year till it reached $15 per hour in 2020. The current County minimum wage is $10.75 and is set to increase to $11.75 due to a previous County law passed in 2013.

In November, Leggett wrote a letter to the Council requesting the Council make changes, including delaying the full increase to $15 per to 2022 instead of 2020 and an “off ramp” that would allow the County to delay scheduled minimum wage increases in times of economic downturn.

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