ANNAPOLIS -- Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley went on the road Wednesday to urge lawmakers in Washington to avoid across-the-board budget cuts he said would hurt the state's most vulnerable.

O'Malley visited manufacturer FLIR Systems in Elkridge, a company whose expansion is threatened by the looming cuts set to begin taking effect Friday. FLIR employs Marylanders in manufacturing thermal imaging and threat-detection systems used by the military.

"These are job-killing cuts that are an economic threat to Maryland," O'Malley said.

"Too many moms and dads in our state will lose jobs, too many children will lose access to programs like Head Start and too many of our most vulnerable Marylanders will lose assistance from the safety net we've worked so hard to protect."

Maryland has recovered almost 81 percent of the jobs lost during the recession, he said, but the sequestration threatens that.

According to Maryland's Department of Budget and Management, the cuts will result in nearly $100 million in lost federal grants to state and local governments.

The Maryland Board of Revenue Estimates predicts about 12,600 jobs could be lost due to the cuts, though a report from the Center of Regional Analysis at George Mason University suggests that the number could be closer to 115,000 due to direct and indirect impacts of the sequester.