Michigan, like most other US states is in dire economic troubles. For Michigan perhaps more than other states, it has been going on for a long time, perhaps too closely tied to the US auto industry.
In early July, Governor Granholm issued her Executive Order 2009-36 breaking up the HAL – the department of History, Arts and Library. Unless this order is vetoed within 60 days by the Michigan Legislature, it will take effect on 1 October. At this time the Library will fall under control of the Department of Education, whose Superintendent is instructed to take further cost saving steps.
Much has been written and postulated about what this might mean: