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Mich. stares down 2nd govt. shutdown in 3 years
AP ^ | September 26, 2009 | KATHY BARKS HOFFMAN

Posted on 09/27/2009 7:14:40 AM PDT by george76

Economically beleaguered Michigan faces a possible government shutdown - shuttering highway rest areas, state parks, construction projects and the state lottery - if lawmakers fail to reach a budget deal in the next few days.

The state with the nation's highest unemployment rate has a nearly $3 billion shortfall. Federal recovery act money will fill more than half the gap, but the spending cuts or tax increases needed to fill the rest have caused bitter infighting at the state Capitol.

Michigan is one of just two states whose budget year starts Oct. 1. The other, Alabama, already has a spending plan in place, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. If lawmakers in Lansing don't make progress soon, Michigan could join the eight other states that failed to meet budget deadlines - but did not shut down - this year.

That's something neither Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm nor lawmakers want to do. They're haunted by memories of the fallout from an hours-long government shutdown in 2007 and want to avoid the resulting voter disgust and national derision.

Republicans and Democrats have agreed on is tapping up to $1.5 billion in federal recovery dollars to fill part of the $2.8 billion budget gap.

The question now is whether Michigan will follow the path of the eight other states that failed to pass budgets on time: Arizona, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

California's budget impasse lasted so long the state had to issue IOUs to cover debts. Connecticut Gov. Jodi Rendell had to issue an executive order keeping the government running past June 30 and only recently agreed to let a budget become law without her signature.

Pennsylvania didn't get a budget deal in place until about a week ago.

(Excerpt) Read more at apnews.myway.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: Arizona; US: California; US: Connecticut; US: Michigan; US: North Carolina; US: Ohio; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: corruption; democrats; michigan; porkulus; shovelready; taxes; unemployment

1 posted on 09/27/2009 7:14:41 AM PDT by george76
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To: george76
Apparently, making a budget is a job American (politicians) don't want to do. Taking money under false pretensions is a crime.
2 posted on 09/27/2009 7:19:30 AM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: george76

The State Lottery? Shouldn’t the lottery be a MONEY MAKER for a state??!! Then again, maybe it does depend upon how many cousins, nephews, sons, daughters, campaign contributors and the like are appointed to the “Lottery Commission” by their favorite politicians!


3 posted on 09/27/2009 7:19:36 AM PDT by Oldpuppymax (AGENDA OF THE LEFT EXPOSED)
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To: george76

This story does not surprise me but what does surprise me is that there are not more state government shutdowns especially in the liberally run or controlled states such as California, Illinois and Massachusetts just to name a few.


4 posted on 09/27/2009 7:20:35 AM PDT by Ev Reeman
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To: george76

Simple solution. Let it happen, then fire everyone who they decide they can do without while shut down and keep the rest.


5 posted on 09/27/2009 7:24:41 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (The 0 years, Too bad a requirement for adult supervision was not put into the Constitution)
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To: george76

“Republicans and Democrats have agreed on is tapping up to $1.5 billion in federal recovery dollars to fill part of the $2.8 billion budget gap.”

When you cant run a state properly, steal from people in other states!


6 posted on 09/27/2009 7:27:10 AM PDT by VanDeKoik (Iran doesnt have a 2nd admendment. Ya see how that turned out?)
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To: george76
...shuttering highway rest areas...

I thought the side of any road was a "rest area"!

7 posted on 09/27/2009 7:31:57 AM PDT by Bushbacker1 ( I'll miss President Bush greatly! Palin in 2012! The "other" Jim Thompson)
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To: Ev Reeman
This story does not surprise me but what does surprise me is that there are not more state government shutdowns especially in the liberally run or controlled states such as California, Illinois and Massachusetts just to name a few.

The only conclusion I can reach is that the majority of voters in California, Illinois and Massachusetts are to stupid to see the cause and affect of their votes.

8 posted on 09/27/2009 7:34:45 AM PDT by dearolddad
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To: george76

The average American has to live on a budget. It should be no different for the government.


9 posted on 09/27/2009 7:58:47 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (Obama, you stop lying; we'll stop callin' you a LIAR.)
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To: dearolddad

So if they “tap the $1.5B in federal money to close the gap” what are they planning to fo next year when the same gap will be there again?

Hey, why don’t they raise taxes again?! idiots


10 posted on 09/27/2009 7:58:49 AM PDT by gthog61
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To: gthog61

Or keep raising the minimum wage...


11 posted on 09/27/2009 8:28:40 AM PDT by Ev Reeman
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To: gthog61

Or keep extending unemployment insurance...


12 posted on 09/27/2009 8:29:14 AM PDT by Ev Reeman
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To: gthog61

Or keep extending unemployment insurance...


13 posted on 09/27/2009 8:29:24 AM PDT by Ev Reeman
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To: george76

Looks like Michigan is now “SHOVEL READY” from all that Porkulus money.


14 posted on 09/27/2009 8:34:26 AM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP (Give me LIBERTY or give me an M-24A2!)
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Thank you governor Granholm... you’ve BLOWN US AWAY.

Now PLEASE go back home to Canada!


15 posted on 09/27/2009 8:35:35 AM PDT by joethedrummer
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To: MNJohnnie

The government should only be in session for 2 weeks a year. The rest of the time let the dumb a$$ politicians find a legit. job...and quit finding ways to tax us for their pet programs...


16 posted on 09/27/2009 12:18:24 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: george76

These shutdowns are the perfect opportunity for requiring state government employees to submit hair samples for drug and alcohol testing.


17 posted on 09/28/2009 2:51:26 AM PDT by equaviator ("There's a (datum) plane on the horizon coming in...see it?")
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To: Oldpuppymax
The State Lottery? Shouldn't’ the lottery be a MONEY MAKER for a state??!!

The lottery addicted wouldn't notice other things being closed. Have to hit the peons where they live if you need to them to pressure their congress critters.

18 posted on 09/28/2009 7:25:21 AM PDT by ASA Vet (Everyone signing up after Nov 28, 1997 is a newbie.)
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