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Old 09-28-2007, 08:32 AM   #1
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Michigan State Parks Closing?

Michigan State Parks may be closing. Just as we wait to head out to see the colors in peak, there may be no parks to gain entry to. Hunting and fishing licenses will not be sold. No more cigarettes or alcohol can be brought in because tax stamps will no longer be issued. The casinos will close. No lottery tickets will be sold. No driver's licesenses or tags will be issued. 3 days and counting. Dust off those courtesy parking spots. Michiganders heading towards a location near you.

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Unhappy Look on the DNR web page

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Right at the main home page there is a big notice that tomorrow morning everything goes down. Everybody gets kicked out of the parks, forest campgrounds, and access sites. Online sales of licenses will continue until the server hiccups, then no more.

What a bummer for those with campground reservations.
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And who will remember at election time.
...this is our fair governors last term.
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Michigan quandary

The Governor along with other Democrats want more taxes, (e.g. 6% on haircuts plus more income tax, etc.)

The Republicans insist on balancing the budget with spending cuts.

This has been going on for about 3 months, so it will be another few days. The private camp grounds are open of course and the price difference isn't that much any more.

With any luck this will push Michigan into a part time legislature or a unicameral system or maybe both. Can't be any worse than the current system!
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Carol, here's hoping the state stays "open" and also the parks and recreation areas. That could really throw the wrench in families' plans for heading out for fall foliage trips. Gypsy is all packed and provisioned. We are heading out early tomorrow up Hwy 61 to the Arrowhead of Minnesota--hoping the trees are aflame. We've never taken the northern Mississippi River route to St. Paul so this should be fun. Best wishes on your fall travels. See you at the Can Opener! ~G
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Carol, here's hoping the state stays "open" and also the parks and recreation areas. That could really throw the wrench in families' plans for heading out for fall foliage trips. Gypsy is all packed and provisioned. We are heading out early tomorrow up Hwy 61 to the Arrowhead of Minnesota--hoping the trees are aflame. We've never taken the northern Mississippi River route to St. Paul so this should be fun. Best wishes on your fall travels. See you at the Can Opener! ~G
Wouldnt it be a hoot if a bunch of pissed off campers all used the capital as a campground..........
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Old 09-30-2007, 07:46 PM   #8
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Well if they don't get this resolved by their cut off time at midnight tonight, the legislators, there will be plenty of parking/camping spaces in downtown Lansing because none of the state employees are going to work. That's really great news for Michigan. I don't like the thought of having no government services or reduced police coverage.

Its really upsetting, this has never happened here before. Two of my brothers, who work for the state, will not be getting paid, not eligible for unemployment for this hiatus,nor earning time towards retirement, etc. til this mess is sorted out.
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We are headed out tomorrow too. We drive to Ludington and dry camp in the lot for the ferry instead of the campground, then Tuesday morning we sail out of Michigan to Wisconsin. It's Door county for the colors this year for us. We had planned on going up to the UP to Taquamenon Falls and the Porkies. Lake in the Clouds should be gorgeous right now. Have a good trip to Minnesota and see you in Florida, G!

Hey Gen, I like your thinking we could have a giant camp "in".

Steph, sorry to hear that. I know so many more people and businesses will be hurt beyond just camping. I hope there is an upturn soon.
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...this is our fair governors last term.
i am still wondering why michiganders gave her a second chance. i mean if 4 years of failure was not enough do the good people of michigan think another 4 is in order for jenny?

lots of reansons michigan is broke but the "captain of the ship" is responsible for all that happens or fails to happen.

left michigan in '68, mother still lives in flint and i go back there once per year to visit. trying to get my mother to agree to let me move her california.

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Boy!!! I thought that Florida politicians were pretty bad. Those guys in Michigan must be some real twits.
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OH, We don't give a D*** for the whole state of Michigan
The whole state of Michigan
The whole state of Michigan
We don't give a D*** for the whole state of Michigan
We're from O-HI-O.

And certainly glad of it right now!!
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Rodney's Point!

Our fair governor (previous one) chose to close down our DMV in order to "balance the budget". Lying crook. Can you imagine a worse infliction of pain to anyone who needed to title a vehicle or get any number of things done? Lines out the wazoo - early morning, lunchtime, etc. Didn't cost the bas**** and some more ***** a darn thing.

Oh - turns out that we had the biggest surplus ever, after the tax increase passed. Lying ***** (*** every one of them.

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The problem is our economy. The automakers have had a huge economic impact and recovery will be a challenge here regardless of politics. There's just not enough revenue. No more glory days for Detroit. I think I read over 300,000 retired government workers and teachers on pensions and unemployment is high. Health care is climbing. I imagine the aging of America will be rearing its head in quite a few places and not just Michigan. Downsizing is prevalent. Lots of homes for sale. Lots of job and pay and benefit cuts.
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