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Mich. governor says Washington dragging feet on key part of U.S.-Canada bridge
CP24 ^ | January 18, 2014

Posted on 01/18/2014 7:33:27 PM PST by Squawk 8888

DETROIT -- Plans for a new bridge connecting the U.S. and Canada are moving more slowly than anticipated, partly because Washington doesn't seem to want to pay for a customs plaza on the American side of the span, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said.

The bridge, one of Snyder's most significant public projects since he took office in 2011, would compete with the privately owned Ambassador Bridge and take vehicles between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario.

The Canadian government, which believes another bridge would improve trade, has agreed to pay for most of it and recoup money later through tolls. But the U.S. needs to pay for a $250 million border inspection plaza.

"The U.S. government has largely taken a position that they don't think they should pay anything for a facility for the United States government," Snyder told the Detroit Free Press in a report published Saturday.

He said there's still time to solve the problem since land acquisition and design work must be completed first.

"In the meantime, I wouldn't want to see the rest of the bridge held up over what you might describe as a somewhat difficult-to-understand attitude," the governor said.

Snyder said inaction in Washington is "not totally inconsistent with other behaviour out of Washington."

There was no immediate comment from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which oversees U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

"There's been no significant progress," Roy Norton, Canada's representative in Detroit, told the Free Press. "Engineering studies are virtually complete; land assembly on the Michigan side will get underway in 2014. ... But we can't call for bidders until there's a commitment to build the U.S. plaza."

Ambassador Bridge owner Manuel "Matty" Moroun vigorously opposes the new bridge.

In addition to campaign donations and lobbying in Lansing and Washington, Moroun's lawyers have filed lawsuits challenging the project in U.S. and Canadian courts.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Canada; Foreign Affairs; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: ambassadorbridge; bridgetonowhere; canada; detroit; manuelmattymoroun; michigan; roynorton

1 posted on 01/18/2014 7:33:27 PM PST by Squawk 8888
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To: cripplecreek

ping


2 posted on 01/18/2014 7:35:49 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Springman; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; madison10; ...
Hell we're getting a free bridge and are only paying the minimal constitutionally required part. I knew Obama would be a problem.

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3 posted on 01/18/2014 7:37:15 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek; Clive; exg; Alberta's Child; albertabound; AntiKev; backhoe; Byron_the_Aussie; ...
To all- please ping me to Canadian topics.

Canada Ping!

4 posted on 01/18/2014 7:37:24 PM PST by Squawk 8888 (I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
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To: cripplecreek

For goodness sake give Obambi a break! That Customs Plaza costs money that is needed to hand out more EBT to Negroes and other minorities. Gotta buy those votes dontcha know.

Heck, he already got a GOPe type to help stab veterans in the back with the COLA cuts.


5 posted on 01/18/2014 7:40:39 PM PST by OldMissileer
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To: Squawk 8888

Here’s a thought, no customs plaza.


6 posted on 01/18/2014 7:42:44 PM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: Squawk 8888

What happen to the family that want the contract and would build the bridge?

Can’t think of the name some Irishman.


7 posted on 01/18/2014 7:43:27 PM PST by restornu
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To: Squawk 8888
Plans for a new bridge connecting the U.S. and Canada are moving more slowly than anticipated, partly because Washington doesn't seem to want to pay for a customs plaza on the American side of the span, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said.

How odd, normally you would see Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's name with the obligatory (R) next to his name.

But in this article I suspect it was omitted not out of negligence or accident but so the discerning reader would not come to the conclusion that the Obama administration is not moving to support this bridge because Obama and his minions do not want to support an initiative put forth by and that might benefit a Republican governor if it is completed.

8 posted on 01/18/2014 7:49:46 PM PST by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: morphing libertarian

That would certainly speed things up.


9 posted on 01/18/2014 7:49:49 PM PST by xp38
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To: Squawk 8888

This is the man

Questions about bridge battle answered amid swirling accusations

The claims and counterclaims about the benefits, the risks, the fairness and the vulnerability of Michigan taxpayers are flying in TV ads, in political caucuses, in boardrooms.

Whether to build a second span over the Detroit River or not to build?

Whether to allow Ambassador Bridge owner Manuel (Matty) Moroun to build his own twin span alongside the Ambassador, or to have the Canadian government and Michigan partner to build a new public bridge 2 miles downstream, near Zug Island?

http://buildthedricnow.com/2011/04/24/battle-over-new-bridge-is-ramping-up/

Now what we are stuck paying the build?


10 posted on 01/18/2014 7:51:36 PM PST by restornu
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To: restornu

Matty Maroun was never going to build another bridge. That was just his ploy to keep things tied up for his friends on the Detroit city council.

They’re pissed off because Canada isn’t going to give them “their cut”.


11 posted on 01/18/2014 7:53:29 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

I knew something ended up stinking could not think of it


12 posted on 01/18/2014 8:02:45 PM PST by restornu
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To: Squawk 8888

0bama has been given $2 tril for walking around money and he can’t come up with the Jack for a crumby toll plaza? (voice rising with incredulity)


13 posted on 01/18/2014 8:04:12 PM PST by YHAOS
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To: Squawk 8888

This is ALL tied in to the fact that Michigan has a REPUBLICAN governor which Obama’s government Homeland Defense apparatchiks want to damage in any way possible (similar to the corrupt IRS’ treatment of Tea Party groups) added to the fact that the bridge’s proponents aren’t paying the customary “bribes” to Detroit’s corrupt Democrat overlords.


14 posted on 01/18/2014 8:08:10 PM PST by House Atreides
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To: restornu
In just about every other case I would oppose building any new infrastructure at this time but a new bridge is desperately needed. Detroit is the second busiest freight crossing on the continent and it all crosses a poorly maintained 90 year old bridge. Plus I'm not so sure about the legality of a single man owning a border crossing.

In this case, the old man in question has played a major role in making Detroit the city it is today.

Wikileaks release raises suspicions of backroom Detroit-Windsor Tunnel deal between Kwame Kilpatrick, Matty Moroun
15 posted on 01/18/2014 8:10:00 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Squawk 8888
Jon Stewart had a pretty funny piece about the bridge a while back.

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
16 posted on 01/18/2014 8:13:36 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Squawk 8888

dear federalis why don’t you use the money you give to your islamist terrorist friends (aka America’s eenemies).


17 posted on 01/18/2014 8:16:37 PM PST by bravo whiskey (We should not fear our government. Our government should fear us.)
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To: House Atreides

Michigan is slipping away from the democrats and must be punished.


18 posted on 01/18/2014 8:26:24 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Squawk 8888

If it truly benefits America and creates jobs, the bam won’t like it.


19 posted on 01/18/2014 11:09:38 PM PST by vpintheak (Thankful to be God blessed & chosen!)
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To: Squawk 8888

Hey, Ricky, repeat after me.......”Thanks, but no thanks”


20 posted on 01/19/2014 4:04:43 AM PST by AnAmericanInEngland
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To: Squawk 8888
But the U.S. needs to pay for a $250 million border inspection plaza

$250 MILLION for a border inspection plaza? Really? Why so much and who made that estimate in the first place?

21 posted on 01/19/2014 5:23:40 AM PST by Bernard (The Road To Hell is not paved with good results.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

> Ambassador Bridge owner Manuel “Matty” Moroun vigorously opposes the new bridge.

Can’t blame him for being against it, but he didn’t want to invest in a second span back when it would have headed this off at the pass. OTOH, I don’t want to pay for a new bridge which is entirely unneeded. Years ago, before 9/11, there was a lot of traffic from time to time consisting of Canadian visitors paying the toll just to buy cheaper gasoline, and driving back. :’)


22 posted on 01/19/2014 6:36:54 AM PST by SunkenCiv (;http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: Squawk 8888


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23 posted on 01/19/2014 10:37:12 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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