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Republicans in Congress hope to "defund or delay" the Affordable Care Act by attaching language to a bill that would temporarily fund the federal government. If their "continuing resolution" budget is passed, it would end the shutdown.

Democrats won't go for it.

They say debate over the Affordable Care Act is settled. It was signed into law. The Supreme Court ruled on it. And there was a Presidential election in which it was debated. It's time to move on, they say.

Move on? Fat chance. The federal government has been partially shut down over the fight. 

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Michigan and the shutdown

"As the federal government shutdown heads into day three, half a dozen national nature preserves in Michigan are now closed. Michigan is in the process of identifying thousands of state employees whose jobs are paid for with federal funds. State budget officials say they will have to be laid off if the federal shutdown lasts for more than two weeks. Food and cash assistance programs could also run out of money," Rick Pluta reports.

College grads that stay in Michigan could get a tax break

"College graduates who choose to stay in Michigan would get a tax break under a bill in the state Senate. The plan would affect students who earn a four-year degree from a Michigan college or university. They could get up to half of what they pay in student loans back when they file their yearly income taxes," Jake Neher reports.

Federal money at risk if Common Core is not funded in Michigan

"State education officials say more than a billion dollars of federal school funding is at risk as the state Senate debates a set of nationwide school standards. The state budget that took effect this week bars the Michigan Department of Education from spending any money to implement the Common Core standards," Jake Neher reports.

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It's day two of the government shutdown.

Joe Schwarz is a former Republican Congressman from southern mid-Michigan. He has been out of office now for about 7 years. He joined us today to give us his perspective on the issue from the outside.

Listen to the full interview above.

It’s day two of the government shutdown.

Democratic Congressman Gary Peters joined us today. He represents Michigan's 14th Congressional district. He’s here to help those of us who are not on the ground in D.C. understand where things stand right now.

Listen to the full interview above.

Some thirty years after the County Jail Overcrowding Act was passed, Michigan is still dealing with overcrowding emergencies in jails across the state. On today's show: How do we fix the problem of jails filled to the brim? Do we reduce bonds? Increase rates of early release?

And, when it comes to scrap metal theft, anything goes, from manhole covers to copper Jesus statues. What can Michigan lawmakers do to crack down on these thefts?

Also, Michigan writer Natalie Burg joined us to talk about her new book. It's a memoir of her experience living on a Swedish farm.

First on the show, it’s day two of the government shutdown.

Democratic Congressman Gary Peters joined us today. He represents Michigan's 14th Congressional district. 

And former Congressman Joe Schwarz joined us to give us his perspective on the issue as well.

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The shutdown of the federal government is here. Now what?

We'll keep tabs on the people, programs, and places being affected by the shutdown on this post. Drop us a note below if you're affected by the shutdown or if you know of a program that we haven't mentioned.

If you've sat this story out, and need some "Shutdown 101," the Washington Post's WonkBlog has "Absolutely everything you need to know about how the government shutdown will work." That should about cover it.

*We will update this post as we learn more information

The shutdown shakes things out into two silos.

  1. "Essential" services/personnel, and
  2. "Non-essential" services/personnel.
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The last time the government was shut down in 1995-1996, it was clear where the leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives was coming from. Then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich led the "Republican Revolution" in a showdown against former President Bill Clinton.

Today, just who the flag bearers are for the House Republicans is much less clear.

Something good happened yesterday, something smart and rational that will help improve people’s lives. This was not typical of the day, mind you. Actually, yesterday was a day of supreme irrationality in federal, state and local government.

Nationally, the government shutdown continued, with Republicans vowing to take the nation over a cliff unless Democrats agree to defund the Affordable Care Act. This happened on the same day that millions rushed to sign up for health insurance plans.

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This week in Michigan politics, political analyst Jack Lessenberry and Morning Edition host Christina Shockley discuss the government shutdown, glitches in the launch of the health insurance marketplace, and the deal for the state to take over Detroit's Belle Isle.

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Shutdown could cost Michigan $18 million a day

"Michigan’s budget chief says the federal shutdown could cost the state $18 million dollars a day in lost funding. Budget Director John Nixon says he does not expect that to happen unless the shutdown lasts more than two weeks. He says, after that, pre-funding for some big programs will run out," Rick Pluta reports.

Delays in Medicaid sign up

"The Michigan Department of Community Health is still working to start early enrollment to help people sign up for Michigan's expanded Medicaid program. Michigan's Medicaid expansion also still needs to be approved by the federal government. That means hundreds of thousands of low-wage Michiganders could have to wait weeks or months to enroll," Jake Neher reports

The state to take over Detroit's Belle Isle

"The state of Michigan has signed a deal to lease Detroit’s Belle Isle. Governor Snyder and emergency manager Kevyn Orr have both approved the 30-year plan. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will run Belle Isle as a state park, saving Detroit an estimated $4 million a year in maintenance costs," Sarah Cwiek reports.

When a government shutdown loomed in 2011, the Twitterverse had some fun with #govtshutdownpickuplines.

They're back!

Here are some of the better, slightly naughty ones we're seeing (we also also checked #shutdownpicklines):

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.

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Today, the federal government partially shut down, after Congress couldn’t reach a compromise on a budgetary resolution.

How is Michigan being hit by the partial shutdown in Washington?

To answer that question, we talked to State Budget Director John E. Nixon.

Listen to the full interview above.

The federal government shutdown may add to the demand on Michigan’s food banks.

The shutdown is expected to force furloughs of many federal employees and others in Michigan.  Also, programs for the poor face cuts.

Kareemah El-Amin is the executive director of the Food Bank Council of Michigan.  She expects many will turn to food banks for help.   She adds Michigan’s food banks are already taxed to their limit.

“So this could provide a major impact on our funding ability to meet the need,” says El Amin, “Of course, we’re going to do the best we can.”

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Democratic Senator Carl Levin says House Republican leaders bowing to the Tea Party is the reason for the federal government shutdown.

Levin accuses the Tea Party of doing what the 9/11 terrorists could not: shut down the federal government.

“We weren’t shutdown on 9/11.   We kept going.   There was a physical attack on us,” Levin told reporters on a conference call today,  “Now you got people who are doing an economic attack on us, saying they will not allow this government to function unless they get their way on a particular issue.”

A former student who shares my appreciation of history told me last night that he had found one high-ranking Republican who would have opposed the government shutdown. That gentleman, who once made a famous speech in Kalamazoo, told fellow Republicans in New York “I see that some, at least, of you are those who believe that an election being decided against them is no reason why they should sink the ship.“

That’s a good and reasonable philosophy of government. Unfortunately, the man who said that, himself a former Congressman, is Abraham Lincoln, and he happens to be dead. Lincoln said those words while struggling to save the nation from breaking apart just before his first inauguration. The fault was with Democrats then.

To an increasing number of people, the shutdown of the federal government today is the fault of the Republicans. To me, the nature of what is happening ought to be pretty frightening regardless of who is to blame.

Republicans in Congress are saying they won’t allow the government to be funded unless the President and Congress agree to stop the Affordable Care Act from taking effect this year.

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How the government shutdown will affect Michigan

  • Several food and other assistance programs for the poor will be affected sooner than most.
  • Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and veterans’ health programs will not be affected by the shutdown.
  • An unknown number of federal employees in Michigan are being furloughed.
  • Michigan’s National Parks will have to close.

More information on the shutdown can be found here.

Michiganders can shop for health plans today

"Officials will release premium information for 73 Michigan health plans today. The release coincides with the first day of a six-month enrollment window," the Associated Press reports.

New chief of police in Flint

Flint has a new police chief.

"James Tolbert was appointed to the job yesterday, three days after Flint Police Chief Alvern Lock announced his resignation. Tolbert comes to Flint from Detroit, where he served as deputy police chief," the Associated Press reports.

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Update October 1, 7:04 a.m.

The federal government is now under a partial shutdown as Congress was unable to pass a bill to fund major portions of the federal government. The Republican-controlled House wanted to delay parts of the Affordable Care Act (the healthcare exchanges open today), and the Senate and the President would not agree to attaching such language to the funding bill.

You can hear an exclusive interview with President Obama on Morning Edition this morning. He tells NPR's Steve Inskeep:

"This perpetual cycle of brinksmanship and crisis has to end once and for all."

We'll have more on how this will affect us here in Michigan later today.

September 30th, 5:44 p.m.

More shutdown fallout... what will happen to the ArtPrize art in the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library in Grand Rapids? Michigan Radio's Kate Wells explains that the library could go dark at midnight tonight with two top ten finalists locked behind the doors.

And on Stateside today, Cyndy Canty spoke with the Detroit News' Washinton D.C. reporter David Shepardson.

Canty pointed out that 41% of Michigan's budget comes from the federal government. So the question is, what will happen in Michigan if the federal government is shut down?

Shepardson said that if the shutdown lasts one or two days, it won't have a huge effect. But if it's a long, drawn-out shutdown, the state of Michigan won't receive federal dollars in the form of future grants.

As an example, he pointed to transportation project money that goes out to enforce seat belt and drunk driving laws over holiday weekends - that money would no longer be available.

Shepardson said estimates are that each day the government is shutdown, it costs taxpayers $150 million a day.

"It's definitely very pricey, and also think about just the sheer amount of time and effort that's been spent over the last weeks and weeks by these federal agencies figuring out 'how do we shutdown' rather that do the actual jobs that they're supposed to do," said Shepardson.

September 30th, 1:50 p.m.

Brian Smith at MLive reports on a plan the U.S. Department of Education has released on what will happen in the event of a shutdown. Like many federal agencies, the pain will not be felt immediately unless there is a protracted shutdown:

"A protracted delay in Department obligations and payments beyond one week would severely curtail the cash flow to school districts, colleges and universities, and vocational rehabilitation agencies that depend on the Department’s funds to support their services," the plan states.

September 30th, 11:48 a.m.

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We are just hours away from what appears likely to be a partial government shutdown.

The U.S. Senate, controlled by Democrats, and the Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives, have been unable to come to an agreement on a continuing resolution to fund the federal government.  If no agreement is reached today, which appears likely, the government begins shutting down at midnight.

David Shepardson, Washington D.C. based reporter for the Detroit News, joined us today from Washington.

Listen to the full interview above.

Special Education students and their families in Michigan are about one month into the new school year and they're feeling the impact of the federal sequester cuts. Today, we looked at the cuts to special ed funding and find out what it means to schools and students.

 

And, a look at social media etiquette and your job--what's allowed and what's not.

And, one Detroit musician, and AP reporter, talks about his family's deep roots in Motown.

Also, we spoke with one man who has made it his mission to save pinball machines from the scrap yard. He plans to open up a private pinball museum.

First on the show, we are just hours away from what appears likely to be a partial government shutdown.

The U.S. Senate, controlled by Democrats and the Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives, have been unable to come to an agreement on a continuing resolution to fund the federal government.  If no agreement is reached today, which appears likely, the government begins shutting down at midnight.

David Shepardson, Washington D.C. based reporter for the Detroit News, joined us today from Washington.

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What a government shutdown could mean for Michigan

If the federal government fails to come up with a budget deal by midnight, there will be a federal government shutdown. However, that won't have much of an immediate impact on Michigan. According to the Detroit Free Press,

With only about 50,000 federal employees, Michigan isn’t going to see an exodus of furloughed workers no matter what happens Tuesday.

Wolf hunting licenses sold fast

"Licenses for Michigan’s first legal wolf hunt in many years nearly sold out on the first day they became available over the weekend," Rick Pluta reports.

Oil and gas wells not inspected as much as state wants

"A new report shows almost 70 percent of actively producing oil and gas wells in Michigan are not being inspected as often as the state intends," Jake Neher reports.

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The clock is ticking closer to a federal government shutdown.

Spokespeople for several Michigan universities say they're waiting to see what kind of an effect a federal government shutdown may have on their institutions.

Michigan’s universities and colleges get hundreds of millions of dollars from the federal government every year.

But it’s unclear how much, if any, of that money will actually be held up if the government does shut down.  

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This week in Michigan politics, political analyst Jack Lessenberry and Morning Edition host Christina Shockley talk about why the Obama administration will be in Detroit this week, how a federal government shutdown could affect Michigan's poor, Democrats plan to turn around Michigan schools, and Governor Snyder's ad campaign.

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Calley wins straw poll to be Snyder's running mate again in 2014

"Kentucky Senator Rand Paul won a presidential straw poll of Republicans attending a party conference this past weekend on Mackinac Island. New Jersey Governor Chris Christy came in second. Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley easily won the straw poll to be Governor Rick Snyder’s running mate again in 2014," Rick Pluta reports.

Government shutdown could affect Michigan's poor

"A federal government shutdown could have a big effect in Michigan, especially for many of the state’s most vulnerable. John Nixon is Michigan’s state budget director. He says if the federal government does shut down starting October First the state will have trouble finding money to pay for food assistance Medicaid and other programs for the poor," Steve Carmody reports

14 Michigan universities to benefit as Wayne State forfeits state funding

"Wayne State University's decision to raise tuition at a rate above a cap for performance funding set by the state Legislature is benefiting Michigan's other public universities. State Budget Director John Nixon formally notified the Detroit school earlier this month that it was forfeiting $534,700 in performance funding because of the 8.9 percent increase. The money has been divided among the state's other 14 public universities," the Associated Press reports.

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A federal government shutdown could have a big effect in Michigan, especially for many of the state’s most vulnerable.

Many programs run by Michigan’s state government are paid for with money from the federal government.

If the White House and Congressional Republicans can’t reach a budget deal by the end of this month, the flow of federal money to Michigan will slow to a trickle.

“There are hundreds of millions of dollars that flow into the state on a monthly basis,” says John Nixon, Michigan’s state budget director.

Derek DeVries / Grand Rapids Community College

U.S. Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) introduced legislation Thursday he says will close a number of tax loopholes. Levin sees the bill as part of a larger plan to reduce the federal deficit.

Levin says his bill would provide about $220 billion more in tax revenue over ten years.

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Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow is hopeful getting a deal on a new Farm Bill won't be derailed by a looming deadline to avoid a federal government shutdown.

The current Farm Bill’s mix of farm subsidies and low-income food programs expires at the end of September. The next day, unless a budget deal can be reached, the federal government may have to shut down.

Senator Stabenow hopes the focus on the shutdown will not delay passage of the Farm Bill.

“Regardless of the broader discussion going on on the budget, we can get this done,” says Stabenow.   

As both sides sort out who won and who lost in the deal to keep the government running, the next phase of budget wrangling ensues.

The current-year budget deal struck Friday night still needs full congressional approval this week.

President Obama will deliver a speech Wednesday on the budget and the long-range deficits.

And sometime during the week, the House is expected to approve a new budget plan for next year that includes big changes in Medicare and Medicaid.

And none of that is to mention the looming battle about raising the federal debt ceiling.

Reports of the death of compromise in Washington are greatly exaggerated.

That's one important message from the 11th-hour agreement that averted a partial shutdown of the federal government Friday night.

"No compromise" has been the rallying cry of the Tea Party movement. Some Republican lawmakers have echoed that.

But the agreement reached Friday was the epitome of compromise. Republicans had come into the negotiations demanding $61 billion in spending cuts from the remainder of fiscal year 2011 which ends in September.

Congressional leaders and President Obama reached a budget agreement a little more than an hour before a midnight deadline for avoiding a partial shutdown of the federal government. The agreement, which would slash about $38 billion in spending this year, was announced separately by the president, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV).

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