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State of Michigan and Kalamazoo County can hold out for a while while Congress dickers


LANSING (WKZO) -- The State of Michigan’s chief number cruncher says the federal Government Shutdown is ridiculous and hurtful for those who have been furloughed, and if they can’t end it soon the pain will begin to spread.

Governor Rick Snyder’s budget director, John Nixon, says the state receives about 55-million a day, most of it spent on protected programs like Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare.

Nixon says the state has funding for the Food Stamp program thru October even less than that for many other programs like child nutrition, school lunches and social services.

He says Congress has to sort out its differences and soon if they hope to avoid real problems.

18-million a day is for non essential services, like federal parks, National Gaurdsmen, some of the functions at the Federal Centers in Battle Creek Lansing and Detroit, where Furloughs and closures have already taken

place. Pressure will continue to build as the pain continues to spread and eventually something will have to give.

KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- County Administrator Peter Battani says they receive about $25-million a year in federal funding for a variety of programs, and the shutdown is a concern.

Like the state, he says there should be no impact from the Federal Shutdown in the short term. He says that will begin to change if funding isn’t restored in the next few weeks.

That’s when some programs will run out of cash.

He told Commissioners last night that he is glad that despite the wide range of political philosophies on the board, they aren’t like Congress.

The community will be facing some serious issues in coming months like 9-1-1 dispatch that will require not only bipartisan agreement but inter-governmental cooperation.