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A memo written by the Maryland Department of Budget and Management notes that the cuts caused by sequestration could cause the state to lose more than 12,000 jobs. The State Board of Revenue Estimates projects Maryland's wage and salary base could be reduced by about $2.5 billion as a result.

The budget officials' memo points out that Maryland's economy is especially vulnerable to federal cuts, because 5.5 percent of the state's workers are employed by the federal government, compared to the national average of about 2 percent.

However, about two-thirds of federal funding to Maryland is exempt from the sequestration.

The $100 billion in federal cuts are set to kick in Jan. 2, unless Congress figures out a way to avoid them.

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