The State of Michigan will be shut down due to a budget crisis at midnight tonight unless lawmakers can work it out. [State of Michigan]

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  1. Maurs says:

    Funeral home directors can’t apply for subsidies to bury indigent deceased? Michigan is going to have hobo bodies rolling through the streets!

  2. Lordstrom says:

    I wish more governments would shut down, including federal.

  3. azntg says:

    Way to sink deeper into the hole Michigan!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Other than the fact that politicians can’t keep the government’s affairs in order, it seems like very poor logistical planning if a government does not have contingency for these situations.

    The State of Michigan likely has an emergency savings fund. If they cannot agree on how to continue funding operations, there is no reason why they cannot dip into emergency reserves until their legislators figure out how to agree on a budget.

  5. pyloff says:

    I would be laughing at this… Except that I live there!

  6. mac-phisto says:

    don’t feel bad, pyloff. i’ve been thru two government shutdowns – nothing changes. makes you wonder what the hell all that money goes to, doesn’t it?

  7. rkm12 says:

    It it’ll be funny until someone needs to go to the Secretary of State’s office or something else provided by the state you don’t realize.

    (I’m pretty sure they’ll pass a budget exstension)

  8. rob_p says:

    Darren666 – It is not that the state doesn’t have the money, it is that without a budget they don’t have the authority to write a single check.

    They do still have the authority to collect the money though.

  9. morganlh85 says:

    @Darren666: Michigan doesn’t even have a REGULAR savings fund, much less an emergency one. They are already operating deep in the hole. You underestimate the pathetic nature of how this state is run.

  10. UEAKCrash says:

    [www.mlive.com]

    It appears they have already passed a temporary extension of the current “budget.” As a Michigan resident… I’m not suprised by any of it.

  11. faust1200 says:

    freep.com “BULLETIN: 10:50 P.M.: The Michigan House tonight voted 57-52 to raise the state income tax from 3.9% to 4.35%, a keystone to an overall budget agreement that would avert a state government shutdown on Monday.”

  12. RandomHookup says:

    @morganlh85:

    So maybe we need to introduce Michigan to a Dave Ramsey plan?

  13. llcooljabe says:

    Granholm should be fired.

  14. llcooljabe says:

    Thta

  15. Kloud says:

    @faust1200: I don’t understand, aren’t citizens supposed to vote on issues such as tax raises?

  16. coraspartan says:

    @Kloud: No, citizens don’t get to vote on income tax increases in Michigan–only on property tax increases. As a Michigan resident, I was outraged at our legislature’s inability to pass a budget without having to shutdown (although the shutdown only lasted 4 hours). They have finally agreed on a budget, but not without making Michigan look even worse than it already does as a result of our failed manufacturing industry, horrible unemployment rate and failing housing market.

    Gee, I wonder why everyone is leaving the state?

  17. mammalpants says:

    i thought they were shutting down because they said they didn’t like at&t…and well, since at&t is the government, it just works out that way.

    Thanks, ToS!

  18. @Darren666: Michigan’s “rainy day fund” (that’s what the emergency savings fund is called here) was depleted years ago, due to what the governor calls “structural problems.”

    Basically, the state is only allowed to add to the fund when tax revenue exceeds state expenditures, and that hasn’t happened in years, because the previous administration (Republican governor + Republican legislature) cut taxes more than they cut expenditures, and the current administration (Democratic governor + split legislature) haven’t been able to agree on raising taxes or cutting services). The rainy day fund got nickled-and-dimed to death while everyone bickered.

    The Democrats basically argue that the previous administration cut taxes too far. (Indeed, the new “higher income taxes” are still lower than what they were before the last round of cuts. It’s the new service taxes that are freaking people out) The Republicans just want to cut services (but aren’t that clear on what they want to cut, because not many of them want to go on record as advocating things like reducing Medicaid). The Republicans also wasted a lot of time last year (an election year) by trying to lower taxes more.

    I think some of the more extreme Republicans wanted to “starve the government” by underfunding it, but it kinda backfired and made everybody look like idiots. That’s less of a problem for the governor (she’s term-limited), but legislators on both sides of the aisle are going to be on defensive next election.

    I’m going to that Republicans started this mess, but both sides handled it badly.