WEMU Local
11:22 am
Tue September 18, 2007

State Budget Stalemate Threatens Cities

Ypsilanti, MI – As state legislators continue to bicker over how to solve Michigan's budget crisis, cities across the state are bracing for the ripple effects if the stalemate goes on much longer.
In Ypsilanti, City Manager Ed Koryzno says the city could miss out on 600-thousand dollars in state revenue sharing
due the city at the end of October.
He says if the state shuts down for a long period of time over the budget impasse, it could also affect gas and weight tax money coming back to the city, and could jeopardize grants the city hopes to use to improve the Cross Street area and Riverside Park.
The state budget impasse is centered on attempts to increase taxes and cut spending to resolve a nearly two-billion dollar deficit.