Despite decades on Eastern Daylight Time (sorry, couldn’t resist), our neighbors to the North seem to be having some trouble. Michigan lawmakers are at an impasse that might result in a government shut down. The issue seems to be this. The Democratic Governor Granholm is fighting red-ink Republicanism, unwilling to spend money the government doesn’t have. The Republican Senate is unwilling to raise taxes. Neither side is apparently willing to specify cuts necessary to balance the budget.
Granholm said that if an agreement cannot be reached today, she will provide details today about what services will be maintained and what will be suspended. On Wednesday she said that the three Detroit casinos will close at midnight Sunday and Lottery sales will be suspended. Additionally, she said liquor distribution to bars and stores would cease, state parks and welcome centers and Secretary of State branch offices would close.