Group challenges anti-bridge proposal as legally flawed attempt to protect Maroun monopoly August 22, 2012

A group calling itself Taxpayers Against Monopolies says a proposal designed to block construction of a new Detroit-Windsor bridge contains legal and logical flaws that should keep it off the November ballot.

The proposal, backed by Ambassador Bridge owner Matty Moroun, seeks to amend the Michigan constitution to require a public vote for state participation in any international bridge or tunnel project not already completed by the end of the year, including the New International Trade Crossing planned by Gov. Rick Snyder and Canadian officials.

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Funds Exist to Perform Vital Service to U.S. Ports But 30% Spending Cut Looms

Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition: August 20, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C., Aug. 20, 2012 – A potential economic storm is brewing around the nation’s ports and harbors because Congress may not adequately finance vital dredging programs even though there are more than sufficient funds available.

“America already faces a severe dredging crisis that undermines the effectiveness of our nation’s transportation system,” said Ed Wolking, director of the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition and executive vice president of the Detroit Regional Chamber.

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Bridging the border: Influence of money (part 3)

Michigan Radio: August 15, 2012

The arguments for and against building a new bridge to Canada at Detroit, for the most part, have been pretty one-sided. The owners of the Ambassador Bridge are fighting it and spending tons of money in TV ads.

If you watch TV at all, you’ve probably seen one of the Ambassador Bridge-sponsored ads criticizing plans for a new bridge.

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