The usually bustling District of Columbia will be uniquely affected Wednesday by the first government shutdown in 17 years, with thousands of federal employees who make up the backbone of the metro area’s workforce ordered not to report to work.
The first day of the shutdown and Marylanders are already feeling the pain.
More than a third of federal workers would be told to stay home if the government shuts down, forcing the closure of national parks from California to Maine and all the Smithsonian museums. Low-to-moderate income borrowers and first-time homebuyers seeking government-backed mortgages could face delays.
Federal agencies in Washington are being encouraged to allow employees to telework or use other work scheduling flexibilities on Wednesday when crowds are expected for events related to the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a Dream” speech.
The Community College of Baltimore County is settling a federal lawsuit brought by a hearing-impaired woman who accused the school of refusing an internship placement after she asked for an interpreter.
A federal appeals court has rejected Exxon Mobil Corp.’s bid to have a suit litigated in federal court, not state court.
Automatic federal budget cuts could reduce government funding for research done at educational institutions, spending that totaled about $33.3 billion in 2010, Department of Education statistics show. And the possible cuts add to another anxiety at those schools and others across the country: brain drain.
Metro stands to lose $8 million in federal funding for capital projects because of automatic budget cuts.
President Barack Obama is asking Congress for $60.4 billion in federal aid for New York, New Jersey and other states hit by Superstorm Sandy in late October, congressional aides said Friday.
The federal budget sequester could reduce Maryland’s wage and salary base by about $2.5 billion and cut more than 12,600 jobs in a state that has more than double the number of federal jobs than the national average, according to a memo by state budget officials.
A federal judge has dismissed an $8.1 million suit against a Baltimore hospital accused of improperly billing Medicare, Medicaid and a military health benefit program.
Damages from June’s derecho storm cost Maryland more than $19 million. Now, the federal government is stepping in to help.