Granholm: It can take a shutdown to get a budget deal

SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. (WOOD) — It has been a decade since the state government shutdown that gave former Gov. Jennifer Granholm the dubious distinction of being the only Michigan governor to preside over two shutdowns.

Now Gov. Gretchen Whitmer faces a similar situation. Budget negotiations between Whitmer, a Democrat, and the Republican-led Legislature have broken down ahead of the Sept. 30 deadline to get it done. Lawmakers are working to send her spending bills next week regardless, but she could veto them.

For Granholm, the situation was different. She was governor as the state grappled with both massive deficits and the worst economy since the Great Depression.

Jennifer Granholm has not forgotten fighting with the state Legislature to get a budget for eight years between 2003 and 2011.

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