Reeling GOP Faces Growing MD Federal Workforce

Last Reporter

Cross posted on Last Reporter

While the Maryland GOP is struggling financially after the defeat of Gov. Robert Ehrlich Jr., latest figures from the Census Bureau showing a growing number of federal employees now working in the state is further bad news for the Republican Party.

That’s because government workers, and specifically federal employees, tend to vote Democratic.

Here’s a break down of the latest stats available:
(If you’re a Republican, read them and weep; if you’re a Democrat ‘Happy times are here again’)

  • 2001 – Salaries & Wages of MD Federal Employees – $8.9 billion.
  • 2002 – Salaries & Wages of MD Federal Employees – $9.7 billion.
  • 2003 – Salaries & Wages of MD Federal Employees – $10.3 billion.
  • 2004 – Salaries & Wages of MD Federal Employees – $10.5 billion.

In the last 10 years, salaries and wages paid to federal employees in Maryland have skyrocketed 140% from $7.4 billion in 1994 to $10.5 billion in 2004.

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Capitol Hill sources tell Last Reporter that the increase in the number of federal employees employed in Maryland from 2005 and 2006 will also be significant.

More people at the trough strengthens one-party rule

Even the most optimistic Republican or Independent would have to concede that the seemingly unchecked growth of federal government employment will make it exceedingly difficult for Maryland to ever become a two-party state.

It could mean that the election of Ehrlich was nothing more than a political aberration.

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