ANNAPOLIS - Today Governor O'Malley called for action to stop the automatic spending cuts that will go into effect if a budget deal isn't reached in Washington.
O'Malley gave a speech while FLIR Systems, a Howard County manufacturing business that employs middle skill workers. FLIR has made a commitment to grow its business in Maryland, but may not be able to if the sequester happens.
O'Malley urged action in Washington to avoid the sequestration, or automatic spending cuts.
"These are job-killing cuts that are an economic threat to Maryland," said Governor O'Malley. "Too many moms and dads in our State will lose jobs, too many children will lose access to programs like Head Start, and too many of our most vulnerable Marylanders will lose assistance from the safety net we've worked so hard to protect. If Congress cannot come together with a balanced approach to avoid these automatic cuts, we will reverse much of the progress we've made in Maryland creating jobs and expanding opportunity for more families."
The Maryland Department of Budget and Management released this list of how the sequestration cuts would impact Maryland:
In the meantime, it appears very little progress is being made in Washington to avert these cuts.