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LANSING, Mich. — Michigan's state government stumbled toward a partial shutdown Thursday as one of the nation's most economically battered states remained without a budget.
State lawmakers failed Wednesday to agree on deep spending cuts proposed to balance the budget by a midnight deadline.
They also failed to finalize a temporary budget that could have averted Michigan's second shutdown since 2007.
Secretary of State offices could close and state parks could begin asking visitors to leave if the impasse isn't resolved before state workers are to report for work Thursday.
Essential services such as state police and prisons will continue running.
Lawmakers could not agree to steep cuts in tax payments to local governments and shallower cuts to K-12 education.
Why all of the exclamation points. Do you realize that the "Federal Government" shut down like 7 years or so ago? It's not really that big a deal.....