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Shutdown Could Force Md. To Use Money For Projects

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland officials say a shutdown of the federal government could force furloughs of employees supported by some federal grants, or require the state to absorb that cost.

Officials said Thursday that during the 1995 shutdown, which lasted for 20 days, Maryland spent an extra $1.4 million in state employee salaries.

Transportation officials say Maryland would not be reimbursed for those expenses and could be required to use state money so that on-going projects aren’t delayed. There are some $41 million in grant applications pending before the Federal Transit Administration that would not be approved.

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

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