Gov. Rick Snyder issued a statement regarding the shutdown of the United States government via email and press release Tuesday night, the first day of the partial government shutdown. His goal was to inform citizens of the impact of the shutdown and to reassure them that Michigan's government is being proactive. But he also had a strong message for Washington to set aside party affiliation and work together just as the Michigan legislature often does.
“Today, gridlock in Washington has brought our federal government to a standstill,” stated Snyder, “It's yet another reminder of a fact we know too well: There's something wrong with our national political culture today.”
Snyder, who is unofficially running for reelection, says that 40% of Michigan’s budget comes from the federal government. Most of these funds are for services such as Medicaid and food assistance.
““If the federal government is shut down for just a day or two,” Snyder said, “the effects on Michigan's residents will be minimal. A longer-term shutdown, though, could have consequences.”
Snyder reassured the citizenry the state is closely monitoring the situation to determine the impact that the shutdown will have on various federal programs.
The state has a phone line set up for concerns. People can call Constituent Relations Division at 517-335-7858.
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