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Budget Director Says Shutdown Deal Needs To Be Done Fast

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For years Michigan, like other states has relied on the government for funding, but say the government is also among one of the biggest risks states take every year to find a balanced budget.

Our Nick Perreault talked with the states budget director and local leaders who can only hope this shutdown ends sooner rather than later.

Budget Director John Nixon has a simple message for those in Washington, get a deal done.

"At the end of the day we've got to operate, people expect us to operate, we've done it here in Michigan and the federal government can do it too," Nixon said.

But until they do, roughly 18 million dollars a day in Michigan is at risk of getting cut and Nixon says the longer the shutdown continues the worse off for Michigan.

"It's not going to be a broad category, it's going to be a very targeted audience and the employees will know who they are," Nixon said.

In Michigan that means employees and people who benefit from woman infant programs, child nutrition programs and those who rely on energy assistance.

"My department receives 1.8 million dollars to help end homelessness," said Lansing's Director of Human Resources and Community Services.

If that's cut into, Joan Jackson Johnson says it will hurt Lansing's 11 non-profits like Haven House and St. Vincent Catholic Charities.

"We're hopefully that we would be exempt from any changes, we have emailed our federal representative, haven't gotten a return so I'm anxious about it," Dr. Joan Jackson Johnson said.

Funding for school lunches could also be affected.

"We have over 12,000 students in our district and I'm sure 99 percent of them use our food service program," said Lansing Superintendent Yvonne Caamal Canul.

But despite those numbers, Lansing Superintendent Yvonne Caamal Canul says she doesn't feel threatened by a government shutdown and says ultimately she doesn't think it will affect programs in Lansing.

"If we receive notification that something has been compromised then we will address in then," Superintendent Canul said.

Which Nixon says could be a possibility in a matter of weeks for those who need government money to operate.

@LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Michigan's budget director says a deal needs to get done and fast.

John Nixon says most state programs will be ok for a few weeks, but if a shutdown were to go past 30 days, the states woman infant program, child nutrition and school lunch programs could be in jeopardy. Under the shutdown, the great lakes state could lose about $18 million dollars a day in federal funding. The federal government provides feeds about $55 million a day in federal funding. Nixon adds, even if they used all the money in the state's rainy day fund, roughly $580 million dollars it would only cover about 10 days worth of programs, something he is not willing to do.

 "What's more important though is that it's a disruption to our families and it's a disruption to our economy, it's a disruption to the people that are coming to the state to view our natural resources and our national parks and this is just ridiculous it doesn't need to happen," said State Budget Director John Nixon.

 The state director says for now, the 1.6 million people on food stamps are safe, but that could change in the government fails to raise the debt ceiling in two weeks.

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