LANSING – After missing the midnight deadline and causing a brief, technical shutdown of state government, lawmakers early this morning approved most of a new state budget and a temporary budget that got the state gears moving again.
The agreements would erase a looming $2.8-billion deficit with no tax increases and substantial cuts in spending, from schools to Medicaid and mental health programs, aid to cities, environmental programs and government operations – including the Legislature.
"This temporary measure will maintain critical services while we continue to strive for a budget based on the priorities that matter to Michigan families,” Granholm said in a prepared statement.
But in a hint that she may veto parts of the permanent 2009-10 budget plan, she said she “has rejected Senate Republican cuts that eliminate college scholarships for over 50,000 Michigan students, slash funding for local police and fire services, and reduce funding critical to bringing new jobs to the state.”
The shutdown was for 2 hours, the extension only gives 30 days of operation.
In other news…Saturn is folding also. Thousands of workers will lose their jobs,dealerships will close…
Things are not looking good in Michigan.
It doesn’t help that it was 30 degrees this morning and it is just the first day in October, its gonna be a long cold winter here…