Michigan slides toward partial government shutdown
(AP) – 31 minutes ago
LANSING, Mich. — Michigan's state government stumbled toward a partial shutdown Thursday as one of the nation's most economically battered states remained without a budget.
State lawmakers failed Wednesday to agree on deep spending cuts proposed to balance the budget by a midnight deadline.
They also failed to finalize a temporary budget that could have averted Michigan's second shutdown since 2007.
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The government shutdown is effectively over.
The Michigan House and Senate have passed continuation budgets - literally buying time while they sort things out.
The governor's office says the governor will sign those bills and that state employees are to report to work later this morning.
There's still a lot of work to do - the budget crisis continues.
And lawmakers still have to work out how much - or how little money schools will get.
But the big news is that after an hour and a half - Michigan's government shutdown of 2009 is over and state employees should report to work.
We have crews at the Capitol and will have much more coming up on 6 News This Morning - starting at 5 a.m.
I don't really know what to think. Michigan's in a bad place right now, they've been in bad place for years. The citizens probably can't afford more taxes, but cutting all those services and programs and getting rid of MORE jobs will just decimate the state that much more. On another note, I've lived in three states, and Michigan's income taxes are the cheapest I've ever paid, so my pity is not there whenever someone whines about the state taxes being too high. Probably getting rid of the flat rate would help. Michigan has a flat income tax rate of 4.35%, in case anyone's curious. But in the meantime, we have this circus act to watch again. UPDATE: And we will probably see something like this AGAIN in 30 days! Until the governor election in 2010. I'm already stocking the popcorn for THAT one.