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FYI, LG Calley will be in Sterling Heights on Tuesday to plug the guv's plan to <strike>use taxpayer money to directly compete against a private business</strike> promote a new bridge into Canada.
The Meeting will take place in the Sterling Heights Public Library at 7:00pm on September 6th.
Watch out for that annoying roundabout out in front.
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Republicans in Lansing.
Never let the list of questions WHY the governor wants this bridge project to go on become shortened prematurely. The Canadians are considering this a "done deal" and are building a road to the presumed location of a new bridge. The one that has no investors, no Michigan money tied up, and is not going to cost us a dime, if one were to believe promoters of it. Even though $41 million has already been spent by Michigan taxpayers the Canadian government is sure they are not building a road to nowhere:
"What if Michigan doesn't approve it?" some nervous Nellies wailed on The Star's comment threads of the new bridge. "Then it really will be a road to nowhere!"
Oh yeah. Thats right its about power and taxes.
I guess no private entity should EVER hold that kind of power, that would be bad.
Why is that? Why is it important to destroy a Michigan business for the sake of another country's desires? Why is it so important to this governor that he would put our tax dollars at risk by continuing to promote in a different way what could be done in the same location already?
This type of activity by two governments is exactly the reason the original owners of the bridge sought the treaty that grants that authority to the owners of the bridge in perpetuity. Is it the end of that treaty that a private entity controls that these two governments seek?
Do not stop asking.
By JGillman, Section News
You want to keep up with the discussion as our leadership tries to wrangle the NICT bridge idea into a more favorable position?
Both sides will be participating in a larger than (earlier) expected forum. From a recent press release:
A local town hall meeting next week on the Detroit-Windsor bridge proposals will move to a larger venue to accommodate a higher than expected turnout, state Reps. Earl Poleski and Mike Shirkey announced a couple days ago.
Let me know how it goes.
What if Canada didn't care about the $550 million dollars it has promised to Michigan.
What if it doesn't even have to give it up (the money)in the first place?
What if the entire charade is to force what Canada has not been able to do, however hard it has tried through court actions for decades? To force the Moroun family to relinquish its holdings on the ambassador bridge?
Are being asked. Read the rest.
Oh.. and before you go, ask yourself what if
Not saying, Just asking.
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By JGillman, Section News
And rightly so.
The image below the line is just the first salvo from both sides of the bridge issue.
Its good to see the arguments made from the different perspectives. Plenty to be said about whether or not we actually pay for it in one way or another, but surprisingly no one yet doing what will ultimately provide the most accurate answer.
20,000 Crossings a day now. Unless the Ambassador bridge is FORCED to close, then the traffic would split.
Average ticket of $6 Gross $120,000/day (if the ambassador is FORCED to close) $44 Million a year
Debt service (interest only) of $30 Million a year. Then add to this the cost of operations, ongoing liabilities (you know those pesky benefits) and maintenance. An additional $30? $50 million? A year?
My goodness So who DOES pay for it when it doesnt even pay its bond? mmmm?
Its a math question.. Not even a difficult one.
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By JGillman, Section News
There is enough right there.
The post writes itself.
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By JGillman, Section News
res ipsa loquitur
Dick Morris says Rick Snyder should act like a Republican, and in the process draws out the hard core "re-distributionists." Darrell Dawsey writes at MLive:
Matty Moroun is rich enough. He doesn't need or deserve a second bridge. (Personally, I wish someone could take the first one from him, too.) Free enterprise is fine, but private citizens shouldn't be in the business of owning international border crossings. Our borders, and the economic and national security issues they generate, are a matter of public interest.
God help us if that is the reason Snyder wants the bridge. Dawsey's screed is something that appears often enough in the dankest corners of totalitarianism to keep us on our toes and sleep with an eye open. Always.
Snyder's wishes of another bridge makes perfect sense in some ways, and little in others.
He is a "Milliken Republican" which brings a brand of centrism that has too much in common with the Dawsey think, that government ought to have control of all things no matter how miserably they fail under government control. Detroit Schools? Detroit itself? Perfect examples of Centrism allowing a minor scratch to develop into full blown gangrene. Why not invite such catastrophe when given the opportunity? Perhaps a little brick and mortar money poured into the patient's [amputation inviting] open sore infested hole will fix it?
Maybe such things need to be questioned a little more thoroughly.
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Americans for Prosperity launched a campaign yesterday to raise awareness about the real cost to Michigan taxpayers if the proposed Detroit River International Crossing, commonly referred to as DRIC, is built.
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