Snyder: Sequester shows DC's 'mess'

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says the looming automatic slashing of federal spending under an impasse between Democrats and Republicans illustrates how Washington is a "mess compared to the states."

Snyder's office released comments Monday that Snyder made to C-SPAN. The Republican is attending a National Governors Association meeting in Washington.

The White House announced Sunday that Michigan faces about $140 million in losses if an automatic federal budget cut takes effect Friday.

The full list of affected expenditures according the White House (pdf)

The cuts include $67.7 million in gross pay to 10,000 civilian Defense Department employees in Michigan and $42.2 million to K-12 and disability education programs in the state.

Snyder says the economic mess in Washington "is holding back a lot of investment" and keeping business people "on the sidelines."

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Michigan (change)

 
Michigan is governed as a republic, with three branches of government: executive, legislative and judicial. The state also allows direct participation of the electorate by initiative, referendum, recall, and ratification.
 
Offices & Officials

Governor: Rick Snyder
Lieutenant Governor: Brian Calley
Attorney General: Bill Schuette
Secretary of State: Ruth Johnson

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