March 25, 2011
Montgomery County Employees Protest Proposed Cuts by County Executive Isiah Leggett
ROCKVILLE, Md. - Facing a $300 million budget shortfall for the 2012 fiscal year, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett says he's making some tough, but necessary decisions, all of them aimed at county employees.
Leggett is proposing cuts in both workers’ take home pay and the county's contribution to employees' health care. He is also proposing county workers pay more into their pension plan.
"I am concerned about what's going to happen with our salaries and benefits," says county employee Mercedes Moore. "I know the situation is very difficult for the county, but more difficult for our families."
Moore and about 200 other Montgomery County employees staged a protest rally outside the county executive’s office in Rockville Thursday afternoon.
"What he's proposed, we can't live with," says county correctional officer Mike McCullough. "You would have to be 25 [years old], never getting any older, with no children and not getting married to deal with the budget that he has given us. And I don't know of anybody that's like that."