Senate taking steps to resolve budget deficit and prevent government shutdown
LANSING - In response to the Senate's passage of a continuation budget to prevent a state government shutdown, Sen. Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, issued the following statement:
"The lack of progress with the state's current budgetary problems is both unpleasant and unfortunate. The Senate will continue to provide balanced budget solutions to resolve the 2008 budget deficit and prevent a government shutdown.
"A shutdown of state government would have disastrous results for Michigan - it could destroy the state's credit rating for years to come and leave citizens without essential government services. A state shutdown would send a clear message to state residents that Michigan is not a good place to live or work.
"We are prepared to take the necessary steps to prevent the closure of state government. Passage of the continuation budget this evening was one of the first steps. While it is not a solution to the budget crisis, it is the responsible action to take under the present circumstances. Even if all interested parties reach an agreement in the next few days, a continuation budget must be in place by the September 30 deadline to ensure that the state doesn't default on its current obligations."
Posted: Monday, September 17, 2007
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