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Michigan state budget showdown: Construction projects could stop if no deal is reached

LANSING, Mich. – We're just about one week away from a government shutdown if no deal is reached on the state budget, and a partial shutdown would mean layoffs for many of the 48,000 state employees.

That shutdown would also mean 150 active construction projects across the state of Michigan would be halted.

"Every place you turn there's construction. So, how much longer are we going to have to put up with it taking us three times longer to get to a place?" said Clawson resident, Judy Hoste.

The MDOT Director of Communications, Jeff Cranson, isn't happy with the possibility either.

"It's a frustrating time and I think everybody's hoping that this can be avoided," Cranson said.

If a partial shutdown happens, the construction projects would have to be buttoned up to make them safe for drivers.

"Obviously we're still hoping that can be avoided, and that negotiations this week will keep that shutdown from ever transpiring," Cranson said.

Some drivers are looking directly at Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. But Whitmer released a statement Tuesday taking aim at Republicans, saying it's time for them to stop playing games and put real road funding solutions on the table.

"We need both parties to come together and work it out," Hoste said.


About the Authors:

Koco McAboy

Koco McAboy was born and raised in Metro Detroit. She joined the Local 4 News team in September of 2016, and worked at WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids prior to that. Koco went to Central Michigan University where she graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Broadcast and Cinematic Arts with minors in Spanish and Political Science.

Kayla Clarke

Kayla is a web producer with an English degree from Michigan State University. Before joining the ClickOnDetroit team in 2018, she worked at WILX in Lansing as a digital producer.