If lawmakers and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer do not get a budget by September 30, state functions such as road building, state parks, and secretary of state branches will be closed, according to a note from the state budget office.
The state is approaching the budget deadline – it must be signed by midnight September 30 to avoid a shutdown – with no deal in place. Earlier this week, Republican legislative leaders and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer reached an impasse, in part because of short-term road funding.
In anticipation of the possibility of not having a budget on time, the state budget office asked state departments to develop contingency plans and identify government functions that could be temporarily interrupted.
âThe state budget office is working closely with all departments to make sure the state government is prepared in case we find ourselves without a budget by midnight on September 30. We have a responsibility to the residents of Michigan and to our state employees to be prepared if the budget is not made, so we have to be prepared for any eventuality, âsaid spokesperson Kurt Weiss.
“We know the governor is doing all he can to ensure a responsible budget by September 30, but we have to foresee every possibility, including a government shutdown.”
Services that would cease include:
– road construction
– reception centers
– rest areas
– Agencies of the State Secretariat
– state aid payments to local school districts
– state lottery games
– state parks, forest campgrounds, state ports and historic sites
– revenue sharing payments to local governments
Other services will continue to operate, such as Michigan State Police, prisons, child welfare services, psychiatric facilities, juvenile justice facilities, veterans homes and bridges. Mackinac, International and Blue Water.
Elected officials could still avoid a government shutdown by reaching a budget agreement before midnight on October 1.