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Sequestration Budget Would Impact Harford County

Harford County official, Maryland's governor say sequestration would take a toll on defense and morale.

Governor Martin O’Malley said Wednesday that Congress’s inability to compromise on budget cuts has led to a situation where across-the-board cuts could slow Maryland’s economic growth.

O’Malley said in a press conference that 12,000 jobs could be lost statewide due to sequestration.

Without action from Congress, the sequester would go into effect automatically on March 1, reducing spending in education, the environment, health, military and law enforcement.

Harford County—where the U.S. Department of Labor reports that 18,423 residents are employed by the federal government—stands to take a hit if Congress does not reach a compromise.

Specifically, base operation funding in Maryland would be cut by approximately $95 million, the White House said.

Aberdeen Proving Ground's spokesman told The Baltimore Sun that the post was preparing for 22 days of furloughs, under guidance from the Department of Defense.

Defense cuts "will have an impact countywide," Harford County's Office of Economic Development Director Jim Richardson told The Sun.

Richardson said the furloughs would lead to a reduction in pay and a reduction in spending in local restaurants and businesses. Furloughs would also have an impact on the government's ability to collect income tax, since 60 percent of the employees at Aberdeen Proving Ground live in Harford County.

O’Malley said the sequestration budget crisis combined with a cynical attitude toward federal government may create larger problems.

“What worries me most is that people become so cynical about their primary institution of government,” said O’Malley, “that they stop weighing in, that these games become another ho-hum; and meanwhile, our recovery stalls.”

“We need to get out of this vortex; the election is over,” said O’Malley.

Are you concerned about the sequestration budget? Tell us in the comments.

Karl Schuub March 01, 2013 at 09:10 PM
"Often" is the qualifier. No doubt there's a need for services and government jobs but it's a bit crazy to think the fastest growing job market is in and around DC. I don't need anything beyond that to tell me we have a bunch of empire builders in the public sector. The government at every level, local, state and federal is bloated, spoiled and out of control.
ER March 02, 2013 at 03:09 AM
The problem with Maryland is that it's a business-unfriendly state. Do you notice how people aren't really talking about VA being affected. Why not? They have just as many govnmtn jobs as MD, but they have even more PRIVATE businesses that are doing well thanks to smoother regulation and less taxes. MD has been spoiled by sucking on the teet of goverment and our leaders (O'Malley and his cronies in particular) have not made any positive changes. As much as I hate to see it, perhpas this will be a wakup call. Let's get back a business frienndly environment in maryland that will create jobs and stop our dependence on the federal goverment!
1ke March 02, 2013 at 01:01 PM
Could you explain specifically which pieces of regulation and which business taxes you are citing here?
Otto Schmidlap March 03, 2013 at 03:09 PM
Our governor opining on economic matters...now that's rich!
G D March 04, 2013 at 11:12 AM
APG may not need your rodent extraction expertise, I suggest going to congress, plenty of rodents there!

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