Mich. State Gov’t. Shutdown Shortlived
A partial shutdown of Michigan’s government ended after a little more than four hours Monday (Oct. 1), according to The Associated Press.
Gov. Jennifer Granholm asked state workers to show up for their normal Monday shifts. Services that already had been disrupted – including state campgrounds, lottery sales and road construction – were ordered to resume.
The shutdown officially began at about 12:01 a.m. Monday and ended about 4:20 a.m. But it had consequences as the state began shifting into shutdown mode late Sunday.
More than 1,000 people were asked to leave campsites in Michigan state parks, the first public signs of the shutdown caused by the expiration of the state’s fiscal year with no approved replacement plan. The shutdown didn’t end until the state Legislature passed a combination of tax increases and government restructuring bills, after which Granholm signed a 30-day budget extension.
Some highway rest areas also closed Sunday evening, and overnight road construction projects and lottery sales were scheduled to stop at midnight.
Services that protect public health and safety – including prisons and state police – kept running. But some state police troopers did not start their overnight shifts and fewer officers were on the road for the duration of the partial shutdown. Prison guards kept working.
The Department of Natural Resources asked people in about 600 campsites across Michigan to depart parks by about 9 p.m. Sunday. That allowed park staff time to lock down the facilities before the official shutdown started at midnight.
About 35,000 of Michigan’s 53,000-plus state workers were told late last week to stay home Monday unless a deal was struck. Given the hour the agreement was reached, it wasn’t clear how quickly they would learn they were expected at work.
“With something like this, it’s very difficult to communicate with so much uncertainty,” Granholm spokeswoman Liz Boyd said before the settlement was reached.