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.