UPDATE: Workers back on duty as shutdown planning ceases


LANSING — State workers will be back to work next week, according to a notice sent out by the Governor’s Press office Friday.

WLNS 6 TV confirmed receipt that a notice has been sent to employees informing them that planning and preparation for a shutdown can stop and employees should report to work as normal next week. 

Nearly 48,000 state employees had been facing a possible temporary layoff and state services would be shutdown if the governor and Republicans did not reach a budget deal before October 1st.

Republican State Representative Graham Filler, says he’s happy to see that there will be no shutdown.

“My reaction is one of relief and one of I expected this,” said Rep. Filler.

He added that when the state government is split, it usually takes longer for the budget to get passed, but feels the bills are bipartisan.

A total of 17 budgets were sent to Governor Whitmer’s office Friday. In this budget season, Whitmer has proposed increasing the fuel tax to repair the state’s roads, allotting more money to schools and repealing the pension tax introduced by the former governor.

Governor Whitmer has until the end of the day Monday to sign the new budget bill.

To also avoid a national government shutdown, President Donald Trump signed a short-term spending bill that will extend through November.

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