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How Will Sequestration Budget Impact Anne Arundel?

Officials at Fort Meade are preparing for the need to carry out missions with fewer resources and the rest of Anne Arundel County is waiting to see what the impact will be locally.

Gov. Martin O’Malley is set to address how the sequester could impact Maryland when he visits an Elkridge manufacturing business on Wednesday.

With the threat of deep budget cuts lingering, officials at Fort Meade are preparing for the need to carry out missions with fewer resources. 

Without action from Congress, the automatic cuts known as the sequester would go into effect on March 1, reducing spending by the state in a number of areas, including education, the environment, health, military and law enforcement, the White House said.

Katherine Hammack, the assistant secretary of the Army in charge of installations, told Patch last week the cuts would be especially hard to take on because they must be phased in over the course of nine months, as opposed to 12 months as originally planned.

A White House report said sequestration in Maryland could mean furloughs for 46,000 civilian Department of Defense employees, reducing gross pay by around $353.7 million.

“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.

Patch Associate Regional Editor Lisa Rossi contributed to this report.

See more:

  • Fort Meade Readies for Looming Sequester
  • Sequestration: We Have a Choice

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