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Maryland County Execs Fear Sequester Effects

Howard, Prince George's and Montgomery County officials say federal spending cuts would wreak havoc on local economy.

Ranking officials in Howard, Prince George's and Montgomery County are urging Congress to come to a compromise which could avert steep cuts in federal spending–known as the sequester–set to go into effect on March 1. 

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman told the Baltimore Sun that sequestration could have an economic impact in his county. Businesses in Columbia have already said they plan layoffs if sequestration happens, he told the Sun.

According to data released by Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker's office, the effects of sequestration could wreak economic havoc on Prince George's County.

“Sequestration would feel like a cold to most of the nation, but to Prince George's County and the rest of the Washington metropolitan area, it would feel like a bad case of pneumonia," read a statement attributed Baker in a release issued by the county executives of Montgomery, Howard and Prince George's counties. "One-quarter of the federal workforce in this region are residents of Prince George's County, so many of them are eagerly awaiting a positive conclusion to this situation."

Annually, roughly $14 billion in federal spending goes to Prince George's County, including $3 billion for the salaries and wages of federal workers, which make up 10 percent of the jobs in Prince George's County. Roughly 16 percent of the county's civilian population over the age of 16 work for the federal government. 

 “The impact on Montgomery County from the sequestration could undo the economic gains we’ve made as the county and our country have begun to emerge from the financial crisis,” read a statement in the press release attributed to Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett. “Montgomery County has 47,000 federal workers and thousands of businesses that contract with the federal government – all of whom will be directly affected if Congress does not act.  The loss to our county of millions of dollars in revenue could plunge us back into a severe slowdown causing budget shortfalls and a stagnant economy.  We can’t let that happen.”

Remmy February 24, 2013 at 10:52 PM
Ditto Jay for your comments, Obama does not care about the military. I am so disgusted at the entitlement D-B exhibits. What she “signed up for”, is an entitlement mentality, does she think she is in the military? NOTE: What did the military personnel “sign-up for” at Fort Hood? The wounded who were unarmed, signed up for medical, and benefits for low pay. They are not receiving what they “signed up for” since Obama has declared the shooting “Work-place violence” instead of combat pay and benefits – currently they are not receiving what they signed up for; and they are military who lay their lives on the line. In fact, those who died at Fort Hood, have not, and probably will not receive the Purple Heart for their service. Does this woman place her life on the line for us every day? I think not. Another good example to weaken our military is the original goal of sequestration – cut more from the Defense and well-being of the military, all to weaken the United States. This president is determined to destroy America, and make us second rate; downgrading us on the global stage.
Remmy February 24, 2013 at 10:55 PM
Woops, vented off topic. Sorry. D-B–Your sentence about taking money out of Federal workers hands–makes me want to vomit. How about allowing the taxpayers to keep the bloated salaries low, so the taxpayer can spend that precious money on food, gas, and maybe a piece of meat. Your attitude is you know how to spend the money better than the people who pay you (your wife) to do a job. How arrogant of you! We the taxpayers are your employer! Remember when you look down on that Salesperson or the cashier, they pay you to assist the Military. The Civilian working for the Government believes they are exempt from what happens to the private sector. A year ago a Government employee said to their brother who lost his job, “I feel for you, I know what you are going through”. No they don’t, you believe you are exempt from losing your job. For once, you will taste what the private sector has been dealing with over the last 4 years. Perhaps you will thank those of us who support your family in the style you currently have. Hopefully that will come to an end, tighten your belt for a change D-B. You may lose your home, you may need to go on food stamps, you may need to borrow money from friends and family, you may need to tap into your 401K until it is empty, you may need utility assistance–this is the world of the private sector. Having a job one day and gone the next. Every individual wants to work a 40 hour week, provide for their family, but there is no guarantee.
D-B February 25, 2013 at 12:38 AM
Entitlement??? First, you don't know me and you are using that word to characterize me? Besides, I don't care what you think of me, as you seem to not care about what I think of you. All I know is that the sequester will hurt Americans. All Americans, either directly or indirectly. Things need to change. And throwing names at people and demonizing the other side when trying to have a rational, adult discussion is what got us into this in the first place. We need to really step back and listen to each other with ears that are not looking to blame. We are where we are and we need to figure out how to fix it. Yes, we all need to tighten our belts. We all need to live within our means. We all need to think before we spend. It's because the government didn't think before spending that we got here. One way not to fix this is for both sides to continue to dig their heels in and not budge on what they want. In the end here, if Congress and the President do not get their act together we all will go down.
JaySmith February 25, 2013 at 02:52 AM
D-B: You seem to not realize that the govt is just plain spending too much money, and 33% of it is being borrowed from our children. And Obama doesn't want to cut spndg ANY. It'd be nice if we had a govt that lived BELOW its means, not above by 33%. Again, I state the facts: fed spndg $3.7T, st, local $1.5.....that's $5.2T/yr, and the private sector income is only $8T. We are FU_KED. Just watch. It would be nice if Obama was not so destructive and delusional.......but he prefers to cut military spending and grow everything else. We're completely FU_KED with him. And our Democrat governors and mayors make it worse.
JaySmith February 25, 2013 at 02:53 AM
D-B: The sequester is necessary. it's just a question of where.....and really it should be everywhere !

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