Proposal 6: International Crossing

By: Fay Li Email
By: Fay Li Email

Experts call Proposal 6 a targeted proposal. They say the goal is to prevent the possibility of a new bridge that links Detroit to Windsor, just two miles south of the Ambassador Bridge.

The major opponent of that public crossing and therefore supporter of Proposal 6 is the Moroun family, the owner of the Ambassador Bridge.

"It doesn't take a rocket scientist to tell you that if there's another bridge built within two miles of your bridge, there's going to be heightened competition," said Craig Ruff, senior policy fellow at Public Sector Consultants.

Supporters of Proposal 6 also want voters to have a say and consider the potential long-term cost to taxpayers of maintaining a new international crossing.

However, opponents argue Canada is paying for this, which means constructing the new bridge won't cost Michigan taxpayers.

"Opponents of Proposal 6 would argue Canada is footing the bill, it's a freebie for Michigan and that there's such a need for another crossing," Ruff said.

Under this proposal, the majority of voters in each municipality where a new international crossing will be located must also approve any new construction.


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  • by spanky Location: Clinton County on Nov 7, 2012 at 06:25 AM
    Why would we want to put all our eggs in one billionaires pocket? With another bridge owned by another entity there can be competition.
  • by rwill Location: Lansing on Nov 6, 2012 at 02:44 PM
    This proposal had better fail, or I will have to assume that this state is full of MOROUNS!!!
  • by Sandi Location: Location on Nov 6, 2012 at 01:28 PM
    An International Bridge should be owned by th two countries not by a family. A family who has made millions and millions from owning the current bridge. Rather see the millions go to the state for schools, road, and other things.
  • by Darrell Location: Lansing on Nov 6, 2012 at 08:22 AM
    Well, if Jason says it, it must be true.
  • by David Location: MI on Nov 6, 2012 at 07:28 AM
    Voted NO on Proposal 6. We don't get to vote on any other major infrastructure projects so why is this bridge any different? And Canada is footing the bill so I can't see how anyone can be against that. The ads you see on TV fail to mention that Proposals 2-6 will change our constitution and that should be left alone! Let's stop the Moroun monopoly today!
  • by Jason Location: Jackson on Nov 5, 2012 at 10:01 PM
    This proposal had better pass, or I will have to assume that this state is full of MORONS!!!
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