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Michigan Shutdown Unlikely State's Preparing

Michigan Shutdown Unlikely State's Preparing

Dawson Bell | The Detroit Free Press via YellowBrix

September 29, 2009

Michigan state government operations are being prepared for a partial shutdown Thursday — one that almost everyone in Lansing agrees will not take place.

Liz Boyd, spokeswoman for Gov. Jennifer Granholm, declined Monday to discuss plans for shutting down operations if the governor and Legislature haven’t reached an agreement by midnight Wednesday on spending for the budget year that begins Oct. 1.

Doing so “would fuel needless speculation,” she said.

The administration and top lawmakers have said they expect to have a deal by Wednesday or to pass a continuation budget to avoid a shutdown.

That doesn’t mean contingency planning for shutting down all but essential operations isn’t well under way. In 2007, the state was technically out of business for a few hours. But that was long enough to sow confusion, as campers complained about being told to pull up stakes and the Detroit casinos sued to stay open (with or without state oversight).

Budget race comes down to the wire

Having reached their limit of false starts, Michigan legislators are to reconvene this morning for another stab at resolving the state’s budget crisis.

Leaders from all sides said Monday they expect to meet Thursday’s Oct. 1 deadline for enacting a 2009-10 budget.

But precisely how they plan to do so in a little more than 36 hours remains to be seen.

Several sources told the Free Press on Monday that House Speaker Andy Dillon, D-Redford Township, and Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop, R-Rochester, had agreed to use additional federal stimulus money to fill some of the gaps that have delayed action since early summer.

Committee hearings are scheduled for early today to address most of the outstanding issues — including state aid to cities and townships and the Medicaid budget. Opposition to cuts in those areas has been stiff. Defenders of the programs said cuts would jeopardize critical services for poor people and take police officers and firefighters off the streets.

  • Maxdesk


    about 5 years ago


    We wonder why Michigan is in trouble, competiton form over seas maybe? Am I against overseas competiton? YES I AM when we were at war with Germany and Japan we were not buying their goods.

    Poor countries are producing consumer goods cheaper than America, running us out of business because of CHEAP CHEAP labor.

    I personally think if you own a foreign-made car you are an idiot... "But, Americans do not produce a car people want" But the same auto workers you are putting out of business with your Prius buys stuff that keeps YOU employed. Go to Walmart, buy Japanese but when no one is buying your products and you loose your job just look down the street and see how many foreign cars are in you neighbor's driveways and know that everyone of those cars represents atleast 3 lost American jobs. It is not just blind patriotism anymore it is ECONOMIC SURVIVAL!

    Michigan needs to till up the empty parts of Detroit (72 sq miles of 180sq miles!) and use the unemployed and imprisioned to farm some kind of high-value ag product, maybe set up a biodiesel facility or two.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 5 years ago


    Governor of Michigan asked me if I would buy her state for 1 billion. Made counter offer to Gov asking them to give me $5 to take Michigan off their hands. Gov agreed but asked that I also take Detroit with offer. I refused that offer - who wants Detroit with all their problems. As funny as this antecdote, there's nothing funny about what's going on in Michigan. No matter how hard the actor Jeff Daniels promotes Michigan in those commercials, the fact is that Michigan is in a depression while their auto industry implodes on them. The state government may not shut down for now, but that may be postponing the inevitable. The question will be the next time when someone enters into Michigan whether or not they will be greeted with a "For Sale" sign or a "Foreclosure" sign.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 5 years ago


    if it isnt bad enough the economy in Michigan with jobs lost, wage `cuts, hours cut in the workplace Michigan shut down would be nothing better what would be the purpose? prices go up utilities go up and how is anyone to pay for these increases? makes no sense. Government makes sure they get their cuts PAY just like phone companies and electric companies how are we to pay? with little or no income. unemployment benefits are short or getting cut just like public assistance,.

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