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Construction projects could be halted if no deal on Michigan budget

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Posted at 11:22 AM, Sep 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-26 11:22:55-04

JACKSON, Mich. — If the Republican-led Legislature and Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer do not agree on a budget by Monday, Sept. 30, the government would partially shutdown.

A partial shutdown would mean around 30,000 of the state's 48,000 employees would be laid off, according to a report from the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget.

That shutdown would also mean 150 active construction projects across the state of Michigan would be halted.

That would include the massive overhaul on I-94 in Jackson County.

If a partial government shutdown happens, contractors will have to secure the work zones of the projects to make them safe for drivers.

In some cases that would mean lane restrictions would stay in place.

Whitmer says budget bills that have won final approval in the Republican-led Legislature are a "mess."

Her statement Tuesday, Sept. 24 shows the uncertainty surrounding the spending measures a week before the next fiscal year starts, after budget talks broke down between her and GOP legislative leaders this month. Whitmer may use her line-item veto power to nix proposed spending.

Whitmer says cutting general fund spending from department budgets to pay for roads is "backwards." Republicans say the move is fiscally responsible because Whitmer's proposed 45-cents-a-gallon gasoline tax increase is dead.

Whitmer is not yet disclosing her plans for signing or vetoing the budget.

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