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O’Malley to Visit Howard County to Talk About Sequestration Budget

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Gov. Martin O’Malley has plans to visit an Elkridge manufacturing business Wednesday where he says he will urge Congress to act against federal sequestration cuts.

O’Malley will be speaking at 10 a.m. at FLIR Systems, 6610 Amberton Dr. in Elkridge, and will also be addressing his thoughts on how the sequester could impact Maryland.

O’Malley’s office called FLIR was an “advanced manufacturing business that employs middle-skill workers.”

Without action from Congress, the sequester would go into effect automatically on March 1, reducing spending in a number of areas, including education, the environment, health, military and law enforcement, the White House said.

“Federal sequestration can hinder Maryland’s ability to create jobs, and provide vital services to the state’s most vulnerable families and children,” according to a release from O’Malley’s office.

In Maryland if sequestration were to take effect, it would include funding cuts to teachers and schools, work-study jobs on college campuses, Head Start programs and environmental funding, according to the White House.

A White House report also said sequestration in Maryland could mean furloughs for 46,000 civilian Department of Defense employees, reducing gross pay by around $353.7 million.

Howard County leaders also said sequestration cut threats are worrying local businesses.

“The federal government is a major employer and a huge contributor to the local economy on every level,” said Maureen Thomas, executive director of GovConnects at the Howard County Chamber of Commerce. “Everyone from the dry cleaners to the local schools, everyone is going to be affected by this.”

Related:

- Threat of Sequestration Hits Howard County Economy

- Sequestration: We Have a Choice

JaySmith February 27, 2013 at 08:28 AM
This is pathetic. So I guess OweMalley wants our kids to inherit a nice, big fat $20T deficit !! We're basically borrowing $100B/month, $1.2T/year from our kids !! There is NO way to improve the fiscal disaster we are in and slow down, eventually stop this thievery.......unless federal spending is actually cut, not just reduce its growth ! OweMalley is a freaking, lying, clueless moron to spout out this Obama nonsense to us. The House of Reps led by Repubs HAVE passed a budget. The moronically-led Senate, and Obama HAVE NOT. Stop lying OMalley !!
Citizen Taxpayer February 27, 2013 at 03:27 PM
Lets cut welfare to anyone with a lifetime of refusal to work, and to any mother who continues to pop out more kids while they're receiving welfare. Why do welfare recipients continue to get more money when the rest of us continue to struggle? Lets cut waste at EVERY level of government. The fact that o'malice mentions how huge the federal government is just proves the point that is MUST stop.

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