ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland state agencies are examining how a federal government shutdown could affect state operations.

State agency leaders are scheduled to discuss the potential impact Thursday at a meeting or teleconference.

“We’ve already been talking to all the cabinet secretaries about what sorts of implications this has for the operations of their own departments and responsibilities,” Gov. Martin O’Malley said Wednesday.

Matthew Gallagher, O’Malley’s chief of staff, says agencies are examining how a shutdown could slow down federally funded projects that require approval. Federal grant disbursements also could be suspended.

“We’ve asked all of the agencies that have a lot of interaction with the federal government to kind of try to quantify what the impacts would be and make sure that we’re prepared to the extent we can be,” Gallagher said.

“The hard part is that there’s a number of people who would be impacted by the shutdown; there’s a number of people who wouldn’t be — that there are certain defense functions that don’t have any type of impact for that,” Gallagher said.

The state has a large number of federal workers due to its proximity to the nation’s capital. The U.S. Census Bureau’s 2009 American Community Survey says 262,984 federal employees live in Maryland.

Congressional negotiators in Washington continue to work on a deal to avoid a shutdown. O’Malley said he hopes a solution can be reached.

“There are solutions to the country’s deficit challenges that can be responsibly employed over the course of the years ahead,” said O’Malley, a Democrat. “This sort of action, shutting down the government, slamming on the brakes, threatens not only to shut down the federal government, but to put the brakes on our country’s recovery, if it were to go on for a prolonged period of time.”

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (4)
  1. pigeon says:

    If they would stop “giving away” education to illegal aliens then perhaps they wouldn’t have to worry as much, let alone increase tuition to raise money to keep colleges open. The people in Annapolis (and DC) need to stop their boohooing, get their heads out of dark cavities and start using the grey matter between their ears.

    1. overtaxed says:

      You are assuming that Democrats have grey matter between thier ears, be careful what you wish for…

  2. MDisSinking says:

    shut it down. they lost 7.5 million jobs and the gov’t is still the same size.

    useless politicians. too many chiefs and not enough indians.

    stop raising my taxes to pay for your

    the country can no longer subsidize the
    over paid gov’t worker that has thrown
    the dc metro area into an inflation dump.

    go back to the country and learn a talent
    that doesn’t cost me more each year.

    dirty filth, get a job.

  3. MDTaxHater says:

    bring in the tea party, its better than the tax party that the democrats are hosting.

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