Sequestration Could Choke Flow of Money in Montgomery County, Other Parts of Maryland

Local politicians sound off on possibility of massive federal spending cuts.

Nearly 450,000 public and private-sector jobs could be at risk if the enormous federal spending cuts—known as sequestration—go into effect on March 1, according to a recent article in The Washington Post.

County executives Rushern L. Baker III of Prince George’s and Isiah Leggett of Montgomery joined their Howard County colleague Kenneth Ulman on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, imploring Congress to come to an agreement and avert the cuts.

Patch recently reported on comments made by the Prince George’s, Montgomery County and Howard County executives in a release issued by all three governments.

In a statement, Montgomery County Executive Leggett expressed concern that sequestration could “undo the economic gains we’ve made as the county and our country have begun to emerge from the financial crisis.”

Baker likened the effects of sequestration to a virus, saying, “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."

The Post article detailed the numbers of federal workers in each county—47,000 in Montgomery and 70,000 in Prince George’s.

The Deprtment of Energy has a facility in Germantown.

Sequestration would trigger $1.2 trillion in budget cuts, split evenly between defense and domestic discretionary spending, according to a Huffington Post  article.

These cuts could affect the bond ratings of state and local governments, making capital expenditure loans more expensive and mass transit (Metro and local bus systems) could potentially lose millions if federal workers aren’t commuting.

Federal lawmakers are currently in a break, so there is no resolution imminent.  

Barbara February 27, 2013 at 04:10 PM
Hey Ike, maybe we could auction off that toilet you wasted our monies on
Tom Miller May 07, 2013 at 04:46 AM
a little old news ! but I do agree ! for too long we the people have been ignored and I for one am sick......sick to death of the party politics that goes on ! anyone else out there ready for a REAL THIRD PARTY CHOICE ? I go to the poles every time Im expected to ! and yet my vote as well as yours is A JOKE , it really does not matter who we vote for when the game is all these jokers know ! we have been ( and still continue to be ) in the worst recession since the 20's ( dont get me started on history repeating itself ! ) and none of these do nothing politicians have done a thing ! what are they being paid for (dirty deals behind closed doors ! like the biggest welfare scam in history ? bank bailout of 2008 ) Im not seeing anything even close to helping out the people who took this wieght on thier shoulders ! ( the TAX PAYERS ) how about them ? when are they going to see the END of this GARBAGE ?


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