O’Malley to Visit Elkridge 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.

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O’Malley’s office said 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, the White House said 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.

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.”

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Kim Dixon February 27, 2013 at 01:18 AM
But another pos Democrat. Let me get this streight Obama was for this sequestration now he opposes it, I hope if you voted for him you enjoy your lack of employment.
Robert Judge February 27, 2013 at 01:23 AM
I thought Governor O'Malley was a big supporter of furloughs, he does this to state employees all the time.
Keith February 27, 2013 at 02:14 AM
Fear and loathing, the only thing pretty boy can come up with? What an O'clone. He diminishes this state and its citizens every time he opens that mouth. O'Malley, McKulsky, Sarbanes, all of them would be nobodies from a backwater if this state didn't suck off the fed tit in a monstrous way. They got lucky being MD pols. We'll feel less impact from sequestaria that from that tax hit you laid on us last year, Marty. You know, the one that produced a surplus? For a nansecond until you spent it.... Jeez, can we have some fresh ideas (and faces) in Annapolis and DC?
djp952 February 27, 2013 at 06:12 AM
Amberton Drive, eh? Perhaps he could take a small detour North on 1 and check out that massive "FU berm" behind Gio's Autobody, turn left on Ducketts to see the misery that has been wrought on our neighborhood, examine the rather nice properties at Bauman/Montgomery that are scheduled for demolition to build our new firehouse (when there are plenty of blighted properties nearby), hit every pothole and wonder exactly why the people of Eastern Howard County hate him almost as much as we hate Ken Ulman. Of course this won't happen, why would the Governor care about what's happening here or more importantly think it's somehow "bad". Revenue, revenue, revenue ... the entire model is an unsustainable joke and yet nobody important seems to care.
Dave A. February 27, 2013 at 12:52 PM
I guess he will talk about how it was a good thing to raise taxes to keep us status quo during the sequestrian? I guess they are holding the meeting off of Amberton Drive in one of the vacant warehouses so he can get his head that has grown 10 times too big thru a roll up door!


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