federal http://michiganradio.org en Time running out to avert partial government shutdown http://michiganradio.org/post/time-running-out-avert-partial-government-shutdown <p>Less than 24 hours remain for President Obama and Congressional leaders to <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/04/07/135204700/gop-prepares-budget-extension-as-talks-continue">avert a government shutdown</a>. A deal to fund the federal government through September must be reached by midnight tonight to keep the government fully operating. President Obama and legislative leaders met again last night to narrow their differences over how much to cut the federal budget but no agreement was made.</p><ul><li>NPR: <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/04/08/135228492/gop-democrats-shift-blame-as-shutdown-looms">GOP, Democrats Shift Blame As Shutdown Looms</a></li><li>The New York Times: <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/08/us/politics/08congress.html?_r=1&amp;hp">No Accord in Budget Talks as Policy Fights Hamper Deal</a></li><li>The Washington Post: <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/both-parties-continue-talks-over-elusive-2011-budget-deal/2011/04/07/AFB1Z2xC_story.html?hpid=z1">Budget Deal Continues to Elude Congress</a></li><li>Wall Street Journal: <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704013604576248683501879442.html?mod=WSJ_hp_LEFTTopStories">Dickering on Budget Goes Down to the Wire</a></li><li>Politico: <a href="http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0411/52781.html">White House Meeting Narrows Differences, But Still No Budget Deal</a></li><li>TheHill.com: <a href="http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/154779-still-no-budget-deal-obama-expects-an-answer-in-the-morning">Obama Cites Progress But &#39;No Wild Optimism&#39; Ahead of Deadline</a> Fri, 08 Apr 2011 10:47:51 +0000 Zoe Clark 1976 at http://michiganradio.org Time running out to avert partial government shutdown Michigan officials keeping close eye on federal budget negotiations http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-officials-keeping-close-eye-federal-budget-negotiations <p>Governor Snyder&rsquo;s administration says it expects most state services will continue with little or no disruption if a partial <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/04/07/135199130/essential-vs-not-which-jobs-are-exempt-to-shutdown">federal government shutdown</a> occurs, the Associated Press reports. The federal government will <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/04/07/135176595/little-progress-reported-in-talks-to-avert-shutdown?ps=rs">partially shutdown tomorrow at midnight</a> if there is not a deal to fund the government through September. From the AP:</p><blockquote><p>Snyder spokeswoman Sara Wurfel said Wednesday that the administration is monitoring the situation closely and seeking more information. Key factors influencing the possible effects of a shutdown would be how the federal government defines essential services and how long a shutdown might last.</p><p>The federal government faces a partial shutdown Friday at midnight if Congress doesn&#39;t take action to avoid one.</p><p>Michigan&#39;s unemployment insurance agency says it expects benefits would continue to be paid to jobless workers, including the roughly 150,000 who now receive benefits under federal programs.</p><p>Michigan has about 52,000 federal government employees, including about 22,000 postal employees. Thu, 07 Apr 2011 11:33:26 +0000 Zoe Clark 1949 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan officials keeping close eye on federal budget negotiations