LANSING - Most Michiganders will not notice the impact of the federal government shut down if it lasts just a few days. If it lasts a few weeks, the state budget director says, it will cause pain, and "real problems" if it extends longer than that.
Nixon briefed reporters Tuesday afternoon. He said Michigan will lose about $18 million dollars a day during the shutdown, one, he noted, was avoidable and the kind of problem Michigan has avoided.
"It's a disruption to our families you know - it's a disruption to our economy it's a disruption to the people who are coming to our state to view our natural resources - our natural parks - and this is just ridiculous it doesn't need to happen you know we didn't need to get to this point."
Medicaid and food stamp recipients will not be impacted in the short term, Nixon said.
He said precautionary furlough letters were sent to unions representing thousands of workers, some of whose pay is tied to federal money. No layoffs are planned now.