Northern Michigan feels effects of government shutdown
The effects of the government shutdown that began early Tuesday morning are being felt in northern Michigan.
People are off the job at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Camp Grayling.
â??Everybody would rather work. Everybody feels the work we do is important. Everybody is proud of the work they do protecting the place so that people can come and enjoy it, so no one is happy about having to go home. Everybody is dealing with it. Everybody is professional about it,â?? said Tom Ulrich, Deputy Superintendent at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
With the exception of four workers to watch over the national lakeshore, all 60 employees are out of a job until Washington says otherwise.
Signs were posted early Tuesday to let visitors know the national lakeshore is closed. Ulrich expects the shutdown will spread beyond the park boundaries.
â??There will definitely be a ripple effect as this moves out into the community both from lost wages, if there are indeed lost wages and from visitors that won't come spend money.â??
Although not closed, Camp Grayling is feeling the effects of the shutdown. 19 full-time military technicians are being told to stay home.
â??Operationally speaking it does a couple of different things for us. It limits our ability to perform our day to day mission but because of those exemptions we can still perform it, just in a degraded manner. It might take us a little bit longer; it might mean a lot of extra hours for that smaller staff but we're still able to support the units that are coming through here,â?? said Colonel Erich Randall, Camp Grayling Garrison Commander.
In addition, soldiers at the camp's Joint Maneuver Training Center will not be doing their drills this upcoming weekend. The loss of 148 soldiers will also affect the workload for the time being.
â??Anytime you take out that percentage of your work force it hurts, but we're soldiers. We'll do what we have to do and we'll work long and we'll work hard.â??
Colonel Randall says Camp Grayling employs anywhere from 120 to 200 people, depending on the time of the year.