How 35K Lansing area state employees could be affected by a government shutdown

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LANSING, MI (WILX) - About 48,000 state employees in 19 departments throughout Michigan were notified Monday morning of potential layoffs.

They could get laid off Oct. 1 if Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the State Legislature don’t pass a budget by that deadline.

“We basically let them know that if we don’t bass a budget by Oct. 1 then temporary layoffs will be enacted,” said Kurt Weiss, a State Department of Technology Management and Budget spokesman.

Weiss said that about 35,000 state employees live in the Lansing region. He said state employees who have jobs tied to the health and safety of Michigan residents would not be laid off Oct. 1 if the state’s government shuts down.

Employees who wouldn’t get laid off include state police troopers, child welfare specialists and corrections officers.
If a shutdown occurs, Weiss advises state employees to follow the Michigan.gov website and check their state-issued email accounts for employment updates.

Under a shutdown scenario, state parks and Secretary of State offices would be closed.

The Michigan Lottery offices would also be closed and stop selling lottery tickets.

An email obtained by WILX sent Monday to a state employee by the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs said “a potential shutdown website” has been set up to inform employees.

As of 1:30 p.m. Monday, the website appeared to only be accessible to state employees.

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