The election is right around the corner how many have done their home work understand the proposals know the candidates and what they represent. The ballot this year is very big ballot it’s going to take a long time for people to get through it the lines might be long. No matter who your voting for or on what side you fall on any given proposal make sure the decision you’ve made is made with research and a good grasp of what your voting for.
Case in point today I got a call not a surprise I’ve gotten many calls concerning many of the proposals and candidates over the past few months. This was not a recorded message however this was a call to vote yes on proposal 6 and what is that some of you might ask.
PROPOSAL 12- 6
A PROPOSAL TO AMEND THE STATE CONSTITUTION
REGARDING CONSTRUCTION OF INTERNATIONAL BRIDGES AND TUNNELS
This proposal would:
Require the approval of a majority of voters at a statewide election and in each municipality where “new international bridges or tunnels for motor vehicles” are to be located before the State of Michigan may expend state funds or resources for acquiring land, designing, soliciting bids for, constructing, financing, or promoting new international bridges or tunnels.
Create a definition of “new international bridges or tunnels for motor vehicles” that means, “any bridge or tunnel which is not open to the public and serving traffic as of January 1, 2012.”
After listening to what they had to say knowing full well how I’m going to vote on this I asked one simple question “is Matty Moroun behind this proposal?” The answer was “I don’t have access to that information.”
Trying to find non-partisan information on any one of the proposals has been difficult, but the best place is The LWV League of Women Voters of Michigan Education Fund. They give the wording and pro and con for each proposal this is what they have for proposal 6
November, 2012 State Ballot Proposals ©League of Women Voters of Michigan Education Fund
PROPOSAL 12- 6
People Should Decide asserts that Michigan taxpayers could end up footing the bill for a multi-billion dollar new bridge to Canada, at a time when we need to be investing in jobs and schools. Proposal 6 will give the people a voice in how public money is spent on international crossings by requiring a vote at a statewide election and in each municipality in which there would be a new international bridge before state funds or resources could be used.
The Detroit International Bridge Company (DIBC) has offered to build a privately-funded second span adjacent to the Ambassador Bridge which it owns. The New International Trade Crossing (NITC) bridge in another location will draw substantial traffic from the Blue Water Bridge, Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, and Ambassador Bridge. Truck traffic volumes in 2010 for all Michigan to Canada links were down since their peak in 2005, not up as projected.
People Should Decide posits that the NITC project is economically unviable and risky for Michigan taxpayers as cost and volume forecasts are uncertain. A joint authority will oversee design, construction, and operation and so use of American materials and labor is not guaranteed.
For more information go to http://www.thepeopleshoulddecide.com.
Taxpayers Against Monopolies which opposes Proposal 6 notes that this amendment is funded by Ambassador Bridge’s owner. The amendment would impact future crossings.
Michigan and Canadian officials signed an agreement in June to build the New International Trade Crossing (NITC). One-quarter of all U.S.-Canada trade (world’s largest two-way relationship) crosses the Ambassador Bridge each year. NITC supporters point to a projected doubling of truck traffic between Detroit and Windsor by 2035.
The second bridge two miles downriver will provide a direct highway-to-highway connection between the U.S. and Canada and provide much needed redundancy critical to national and economic security. U.S. and Canadian environmental clearances have been received. Estimates are 10,000 Michigan construction workers would be hired for Michigan side and completed bridge would support 25,000 more Michigan jobs.
The agreement states: “The Michigan Parties are NOT obligated to pay any of the costs of the new International Crossing.” Private investors will fund the bridge. Canada will pay $550 million for Michigan’s share of custom’s plaza, I-75 connection, and toll plaza. U.S. will pay balance of custom’s plaza cost. Canada and private investors will be repaid by tolls collected. Canada has responsibility for any shortfall.
For more information go to http://buildthedricnow.com
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Not only do we have Federal and State elections we do have two City elections there are two Candidates running for City Council and if you live in the Crestwood School District you have an election for School Board. I ask each and every one of you to take the time to investigate all the candidates that are running and share your information with friends and family. Make sure you get out and Vote this is your City, your State and Your Country make sure you exercise the privilege and right that we all have VOTE.
- Michigan Decides 2012: Proposal 6 challenges need for another Detroit-Windsor bridge (mlive.com)
- Canada wants to build a free bridge to the US, but Americans consider saying ‘screw it’ (rt.com)
- Michigan Decides 2012: Join MLive and officials for a live chat Friday on Detroit-Windsor bridge proposal (mlive.com)
- International Bridge Project Moving Forward Despite Impending Vote (detroit.cbslocal.com)
- Proposal 6: Michigan’s most important bridge battle in years (blogs.windsorstar.com)
- Build A Bridge…or Not? (homtvnews.wordpress.com)
- Message From Moroun: Holding Companies Can Be People Too (forbes.com)