Baldwin Starts School Year While Budget Battle Continues in Lansing

Wednesday is the first day of class for Baldwin Community Schools.

And they are in the same boat that every school district in the state is: starting the school year without a state budget.

It has been 161 days since Governor Gretchen Whitmer introduced her state budget proposal.

We’re just months from a new fiscal year, and there is still no deal in place.

That leaves schools starting the new school year without an idea of their cash flow, and the looming risk of a full government shutdown come the end of the fiscal year on October 1.

The main sticking point for Governor Whitmer is her roads deal, including the proposed 45 cent gas tax.

But she says that plan can be put on hold to get the rest of the budget done.

The Michigan Legislature is expected to be back in session for the final week of the month.