By Nick Somoski
LANSING TOWNSHIP – The U.S. federal government officially shut down at 12:01 a.m. ET Tuesday, Oct. 1, and although the effects are minimal in Lansing Township, local residents may want to be informed of what to expect. This shutdown, the first in 17 years, is the product of a disagreement between Republicans and Democrats over future spending for the new Affordable Care Act, new provisions of which went into effect the same day. Supervisor Kathy Rodgers said that most Lansing Township residents should not worry about the partial shutdown because it is unlikely to affect them directly. “There is nothing for us to prepare for,” Rodgers said.