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Local Maryland officials decry effects of federal shutdown

January 23, 2019

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A bipartisan group of local Maryland officials in the Baltimore region are decrying the effects the partial federal shutdown is having on tens of thousands of their constituents.

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh spoke about the shutdown Wednesday with four chief executives from neighboring counties.

Baltimore County Executive John Olszewski says it’s wrong for federal officials to turn federal workers “into pawns of a political game.” The Democrat says: “I’m tired of seeing our people suffer.”

Harford County Executive Barry Glassman, a Republican, says “You don’t just shut down the government when you don’t get your way.”

Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman, a Democrat, says his county will have to supplement funds that are used to help people with rent and utility cutoffs.

The shutdown is in its 33rd day.

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For AP’s complete coverage of the U.S. government shutdown: https://apnews.com/GovernmentShutdown

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