Stateside for Tuesday, October 1st, 2013
It's October 1st. The beginning of the new state and new federal fiscal years have come in with a bang. The news making headlines across the country: the partial government shutdown. The first federal shutdown in 17 years.
Democrats and Republicans in Washington D.C. were unable to compromise on a continuing resolution to fund the federal government.
But, what does this mean for you here in Michigan?
Well, 41% of Michigan's budget comes from the federal government, but a shutdown doesn't mean all of that money will stop flowing immediately - though, it will slow.
Several food and other assistance programs for the poor will be affected sooner than most, and the shutdown means federal employees in Michigan are being furloughed, including about 900 Michigan National Guardsmen and women.
Director of the Michigan Budget office, John Nixon joined us today.