Snyder: Flawed Political Culture Causes Shutdown

FILE - In this file photo taken Dec. 11, 2012 Gov. Rick Snyder speaks at a news conference in Lansing, Mich. Early forecasts suggest that the political climate at the Michigan Capitol will be chilly when lawmakers return in January. A slightly larger bloc of Democrats in the state House won't be enough to overcome majority Republicans or the GOP grip on the Senate and governor's office. But the party out of power remains bitter about a legislative landslide in the final working days of 2012 that included sending nearly 300 bills to Gov. Snyder and transforming labor bastion Michigan into the nation's 24th right-to-work state. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Gov. Rick Snyder says Michigan will be harmed by the partial federal government shutdown, which he blames on a flawed national political culture.

The Republican governor says that more than 40 percent of the state's budget comes from federal funding. It pays for services such as Medicaid and food assistance for the needy.

He says a shutdown for a day or two won't have much effect. But if it lasts much longer, Snyder says the consequences could be severe.

Snyder says Michigan has balanced its budget three years in a row and eliminated a $1.5 billion deficit by putting politics aside. He says Washington should follow the state's example.

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