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.