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Montgomery County tries to spend big during lean years

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Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett's deal to give 5,000 government employees pay raises of 13.5 percent is raising questions about the cash-strapped county's pattern of big-ticket proposals without money to fund them. The raises would cost the county $11 million in the first year. "What has happened to being prudent and being cautious?" asked Joan Fidler, president of the...