Maryland Senator Ben Cardin (D) holds at town hall meeting at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to discuss how the impending budget cuts, known as sequestration, could impact federal jobs and funding.
Sen. Cardin's office says this is the first in a series of town hall meetings the Senator has planned to discuss the effects of sequestration on Maryland jobs.
In a report by a Maryland business group, the group found that Maryland relies on the federal government for more than 7 percent of its economy. That number does not include defense and intelligence agencies, which do not report out financial data. A Gallup poll from 2010 found that 26 percent of Maryland workers are federal employees, the third highest for a state.