Was gonna start a new thread, but decided to do a search first and found this one. Eh, I'll just slap up what I had.
A good source of info on the problem: WILX10 Lansing TV Station
Michigan Officially Closed
Not sure if anyone has seen this or not, but over the past few weeks, Michigan's legislative bransh has been bickering between each other over
possible tax hikes. Our state, this year, has an approx $1.7 billion deficit to fix and our young legislatures don't want to put a blemish on their
young reputations by raising income and possibly sales tax their first terms.
Unfortunately because of this, they have yet to come up with a fiscal 2008 budget, which is due on Monday October 1st. Our great Governor Jennifer
Granholm decided last night (Thursday) to begin implementing a partial state shutdown, closing much of the government institutions across the state.
Many people are looking down on her for this, but I think it was a good thing.
If she had not done this, everything would've come to a screeching halt on Monday morning, leaving many without any warning. The funny part is that
she proposed a BALANCED budget 8 months ago, and lawmakers have still not come up with a solution.
Here is a list of the various state services that will be closing down including various police, Secratary of State, and educational services:
List of Services
According to WILX10, this will cost 35,000 state employees their jobs for the duration of the shutdown. There is controversy over wether they
should've been given 30 day warnings
For a little background info on our state. According to our governor, our state has "over 700% more automotive jobs than any other state in the
U.S." Last week, the UAW-GM workers held a strike over job security and retiree wages/benefits. During the strike, they are compensated by their
union for lost wages. The "suppliers" for GM, however, who are also mostly UAW union members, are compensated through the state unemployment
program, as they are officially laid off. The funny thing about GM (and most other car manufacture plants) are that they are "assembly" plants.
They recieve most of their parts and just put them all together. This saves tons of labor for the company and allows other companies to
"specialize" in certain parts and
provide them for many different models and companies. This means that there were just as many, if not more, suppliers laid off than there were GM
employees on strike.
Michigan Fast Facts
Basically, our state is in a huge mess, we already had one of the highest unemployment rates in the country at 7.4% as of August 2007. Add to this
35,000 state workers indefinitely laid off, and also thousands (don't have the exact numbers) of autoworkers laid off for half a week, our economy is
going to be in the dumps before too long.