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A recent memo from the O’Malley administration outlines the devastating effects of federal budget cuts on Maryland due to sequestration. Maryland’s economy is especially vulnerable to cuts in federal spending due to the high number of federal employees and other defense related jobs and industries in this state. In addition, sequestration would also significantly reduce Maryland’s non-governmental employment base. All this will lead to significant tax revenue losses.
It is, therefore, totally incomprehensible that some politicians in Washington, D.C., particularly on the right, are unwilling to compromise in order to prevent this devastating sequester from happening. All politicians should be working together to replace these irrational spending cuts that can cost local jobs and hurt our economy. I am thankful U.S. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md., 5th) has been working very hard to encourage his colleagues on both sides of the aisle to replace the sequester with a fair and balanced plan to reduce the deficit.
Maryland, especially Southern Maryland, cannot afford sequestration, which is an irrational, “meat-axe” approach to solving our fiscal challenges. We need to bring down our deficit while protecting jobs and maintaining investments in education, workforce development, innovation and other areas that will keep our local economy competitive. Rep. Hoyer understands that we must make the tough choices to bring down our debt, but not at the expense of jobs and economic growth. He has always been a strong advocate for our military installations, small businesses, schools and working families here in Calvert County, and I thank him for continuing to urge Congress, on both sides of the aisle, to turn off the sequester with a balanced, comprehensive plan.
Thomas J. L. Hausmann, Owings