TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — From the Gerald R. Ford presidential library in Ann Arbor to national parks in the Upper Peninsula, federal installations across Michigan were reopening Thursday after Congress reached a budget deal ending a 16-day partial government shutdown.
"I was keeping an eye on the news, and when they said the federal buildings were back open today, I figured I'd be the first one down here," said Alphonso Moore, who arrived bright and early at the Veterans Affairs office in Detroit to get some documentation related to a disability.
The shutdown idled federal employees, shut down parks at the peak of fall leaf color season and disrupted training activities at National Guard bases. State Budget Director John Nixon said earlier this month it would cost Michigan $18 million per day.
"The immediate crisis is over, but the underlying issues haven't been resolved," said Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, adding that another showdown could loom once the agreement between President Barack Obama and the two parties in Congress expires. "Our leaders need to recognize that the system in Washington is broken and needs to be fixed."
Officials with Michigan's four national parks — Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Isle Royale National Park and Keweenaw National Historical Park — said they were up and running.
Isle Royale will be open just two more weeks before closing for the season, spokeswoman Liz Valencia said. The wilderness park in Lake Superior will provide no gasoline or other services.