ANNAPOLIS, MD (April 8, 2011)–Governor Martin O’Malley issued this statement today on the prospect of a federal government shutdown:
“Congressional Republicans are allowing their hate of government to hurt the hardworking families of our country. It appears they care more about hurting our government than they do about helping our recovery.
“Maryland is home to thousands of federal civil servants – moms and dads who will go without pay because Speaker Boehner and the Republicans have chosen to wage an ideological war instead of putting the interests of their nation first.”
Maryland faces the prospect of reduced state income tax revenue should federal workers experience a furlough without retroactive pay. In addition, state revenue losses are anticipated from the furloughing of federal contractors working in the State. Further impeding our economic recovery would be the loss of projected revenues from reduced spending on taxable goods.