Linthicum, MD (Arundel News Network)- Maryland Governor Larry Hogan is calling for Congress to come to a resolution with the President to reopen the Federal government. Citing hundreds of thousands of Maryland workers not getting paid, it comes down to economics. Maryland is losing dollars that normally flow into the state’s economy from federal employees. WMATA is, according to Hogan, suffering over $400,000 in losses each day during the shutdown. That seems like a small concern once you factor in Maryland’s unique geographical position.
During his live press conference at BWI Marshall Airport in Linthicum, Hogan also announced that he may be meeting with President Trump at the White House on Saturday. Maryland safety issues are being called into perspective with Maryland’s sensitive security positioning on a coast without funding for the Coast Guard. Hogan says he spoke to security professionals who are urging him to get the government back open quickly. BWI, a major International airport in close proximity to the nation’s capital, NSA and other sensitive sites are relative concerns for state officials.
Some good news for federal workers living in Maryland came from today’s announcements. Governor Hogan is working with the MTA, food banks, utility companies and other state agencies to assist federal workers during the government shutdown. Arundel News Network will provide additional links to that program as it becomes available.
Here is the Press Conference from earlier today from Baltimore Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport.