Snyder Starts Push for New Bridge to Canada

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is calling on Michigan business leaders to support his campaign to build a second Detroit-to-Canada bridge.
Snyder made a pitch for his plan Wednesday in a speech kicking off the Detroit Regional Chamber's annual policy conference on Mackinac Island. He told the crowd of about 1,500 business, civic and government leaders he needs their help to convince legislators.
The Republican governor wore a button reading "Build the Bridge" on his sport jacket lapel. He says the project would create jobs and boost trade with Canada, Michigan's largest trading partner. He says opponents are spreading "misinformation" and insists the bridge would create no debt or financial obligations for the state.
Owners of the existing Ambassador Bridge are fighting the plan, and many Republican legislators remain unconvinced.

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  • by Anonymous on Jun 4, 2011 at 06:26 AM
    If we can afford this bridge,then he should of NOT cut what he did.When at least 95 % of mich people have decent jobs to meet the cost of living and no one needs welfare help,when all schools are funded well and all students are doing good,and all upper government ones take pay cuts, and when a cow gflies over the moon ,then and only then can |MIch afford a bridge.In the unseen things and lies,certain people must want to invest in this to make big money.It is a business deal for Snyder and rich friends .While tax payers will pay a price.Say NO NO NO ! ! !
  • by carl Location: spring arbor on Jun 2, 2011 at 05:55 PM
    great! we need another bridge, this one owned by the State, not an individual out for profit. This will help tourism and the auto industyry and create JOBS!
  • by Not A Slave Yet! Location: Michigan on Jun 2, 2011 at 01:51 PM
    I keep hearing that the State of Michigan is in deep financial troubles; yet, there is tax-payer money to spend for a big project like the bridge and maintaining it? Now is NOT the time. If the State feels that it must spend that surplus money, why not invest that money for repairing our State roads and keeping more teachers, police officers, and firemen employed? Wouldn't these much needed projects create many more jobs than those that would supposedly be created by building the bridge?
  • by Lyle Location: Lanisng on Jun 2, 2011 at 01:15 PM
    There is already a man ready and willing to build and maintain a new bridge why not let him do it so that I dont have to pay for it with taxes. To me smart business is letting the man build it then when he cannot affort to maintain it the state buys it at a fraction of the cost that it took to build it in the first place. Recall Snyder, defender to big business and attacker of the middle class.
  • by Anonymous Location: jacksn on Jun 2, 2011 at 12:33 PM
    Snyder is no better than Jenny G spending what we do not have. Says it will create jobs(only while the work is being done then what.) We the taxpayers are going to be stuck paying that bill. I say NO to the bridge we already have one that works just fine. Take from SCHOOLS, POLICE, AND FIRE FIGHTERS to save money and then build a bridge. WHAT AN IDIOT !!!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Jun 2, 2011 at 11:51 AM
    At least he is putting up things that will bring jobs to the state. Two bridges make since unless you are the owner of the only bridge. He knows he has a monopoly that makes money and there is nothing that the government can do about it. Has anyone taken that bridge to canada lately. You have to plan it in the middle of the night so you do not have to wait more than an hour.
  • by Blake Davis on Jun 2, 2011 at 11:48 AM
    Some people are exceptionally dumb! Canada is fronting the monies and the Feds (The great IDIOT Obama) are matching the funds. Any monies needed to pay back Canada will be taken from the tolls! I tried to type it slowly and kept it short for some of the IDIOTS that don't understand simplicity!
  • by rick on Jun 2, 2011 at 09:55 AM
    Have you seen the price of fuel No one can afford to go over the bridge.
  • by GonzoG Location: Lansing on Jun 2, 2011 at 09:08 AM
    Build the bridge. One bridge is a 'target' for accident or intent to disrupt American business.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 2, 2011 at 06:51 AM
    We do not need this. He must be someone that will profit from this or some good friends or even family.If he can cut schools,he should not be able to do this pet project.His cuts hurts many then wants this. I say NO NO NO!
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