Thousands of state employees in Michigan to be laid off if government shuts down

Published: Sep. 19, 2019 at 3:26 PM EDT
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48,000 state employees across the state of Michigan have, this past week, been given layoff notices due to the potential government shutdown.

Roughly 30,000 of those employees will be at home with no pay if no budget agreement is reached between the state legislature and Governor Grethen Whitmer before midnight on September 30. Employees deemed critical to the state, like the Michigan State Police and corrections officers, and child welfare workers will still be required to work, with pay.

When and if an agreement is reached, the state budget office will be scrambling to make sure all the work is done before the deadline.

“This is something that is typically done over a much longer time frame and we are so compressed now, that it's going to be very difficult to get that review in and that signing done before the 30th, but we will do everything possible to make sure that we can do that, but right now, the time is very short,” said Kurt Weiss, public information officer with the Michigan State Budget Office.

If a shutdown goes into effect, state parks and Secretary of State offices will be closed, and the state lottery will be shut down.