Proposal 6 in Michigan: The bridge vote http://michiganradio.org en Proposal 6: Governor Snyder and Canada vs. one billionaire bridge owner http://michiganradio.org/post/proposal-6-governor-snyder-and-canada-vs-one-billionaire-bridge-owner <p>On Tuesday, Michigan voters will decide on Proposal 6—a ballot question about “international bridges and tunnels.”</p><p>Though the ballot language doesn’t say it, it’s really a question about whether to go ahead with a long-planned—and highly-contested—new bridge connecting Detroit and Windsor, Ontario.</p><p>It’s a new electoral twist in a bitter struggle--with Michigan’s governor and Canada on one side, and a billionaire bridge owner on the other.</p> Mon, 05 Nov 2012 02:52:58 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 9764 at http://michiganradio.org Proposal 6: Governor Snyder and Canada vs. one billionaire bridge owner Stateside: Proposal 6, crossing the bridge http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-proposal-6-crossing-bridge <p>Today we spoke with Michigan Radio's Sarah Cwiek <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/4-things-know-about-proposal-6-bridge-vote">about Proposal 6.&nbsp; </a>For complete audio of the segment, click the link above.</p><p><em>There are two ways you can podcast "Stateside with Cynthia Canty</em>"</p><ul><li><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/podcasts/8746/rss.xml" target="_blank"><em>Podcast of the entire show</em></a></li><li><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/podcasts/8935/rss.xml" target="_blank"><em>Podcast of each segment</em></a></li></ul><p></p> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 21:34:45 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9732 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Proposal 6, crossing the bridge 4 things to know about Proposal 6: The bridge vote http://michiganradio.org/post/4-things-know-about-proposal-6-bridge-vote <p>Proposal 6 was introduced by the owner of Detroit's Ambassador Bridge as a direct reply to the proposed New International Trade Crossing (NITC).</p><p>The new bridge was first proposed in 2004, after <a href="http://www.partnershipborderstudy.com/stage1frame.html">a long-term study</a> highlighting the need for a new crossing was commissioned by the Border Transportation Partnership--a coalition of Canadian and American transportation authorities.</p><p>It would be sited two miles south of the Ambassador Bridge and would connect directly to the Canadian highway.</p> Fri, 12 Oct 2012 17:48:08 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9467 at http://michiganradio.org 4 things to know about Proposal 6: The bridge vote Commentary: Time to step up against Proposal 5 and 6? http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-time-step-against-proposal-5-and-6 <p>There’s one thing that the vast majority of mainstream Republicans and Democrats agree on—Governor Rick Snyder, the man he defeated, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, and virtually every other elected official in the state:</p><p>Ballot Proposal 5, which would require a two-thirds vote of the legislature or a statewide vote of the people to raise any taxes, would be an absolute disaster for Michigan. It would cripple our ability to change with the times, respond to crises or make infrastructure improvements necessary to attract new business.</p> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 13:56:54 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 9455 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Time to step up against Proposal 5 and 6? Truth Squad on Prop 6: Flagrant Fouls on bridge TV ads http://michiganradio.org/post/truth-squad-prop-6-flagrant-fouls-bridge-tv-ads <p>One of the proposed constitutional amendments on the Michigan ballot this fall would require a statewide vote before state money could be spent on any “new international bridges or tunnels for motor vehicles” could be built in Michigan. The amendment would require the vote even before any tax money could be spent planning an international crossing. This would effectively stop the New International Trade Crossing between Detroit and Windsor. The effort is funded by the family that owns the Ambassador bridge.</p> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Lester Graham 9360 at http://michiganradio.org Truth Squad on Prop 6: Flagrant Fouls on bridge TV ads Bridging the Border: Living with a new bridge (part 5) http://michiganradio.org/post/bridging-border-living-new-bridge-part-5 <p>The fight between Governor Rick Snyder and Ambassador Bridge owner Matty Moroun about a new bridge connecting Detroit and Canada will be in the news for the foreseeable future. What’s often lost in the arguments is the people of the Detroit neighborhood where the new bridge will land.</p> Fri, 17 Aug 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Lester Graham 8648 at http://michiganradio.org Bridging the Border: Living with a new bridge (part 5) Bridging the border: Who decides? (part 4) http://michiganradio.org/post/bridging-border-who-decides-part-4 <p>Governor Snyder is pushing for a new $2 billion bridge from Detroit to Canada. The owners of the 83-year-old Ambassador Bridge are fighting to stop that new bridge. The latest move is to get a constitutional amendment calling for a vote of the people before building any new bridge to cross the border. That will give the company another avenue to delay or stop the new bridge from being built.</p> Thu, 16 Aug 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Lester Graham 8647 at http://michiganradio.org Bridging the border: Who decides? (part 4) Bridging the border: Influence of money (part 3) http://michiganradio.org/post/bridging-border-influence-money-part-3 <p>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.&nbsp;</p><p>If you watch TV at all, you’ve probably seen one of the Ambassador Bridge-sponsored ads criticizing plans for a new bridge.</p><blockquote><p>“Governor Snyder says, ‘Send Canada the bill.’ But, the Canadians have other ideas.”</p> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Lester Graham 8646 at http://michiganradio.org Bridging the border: Influence of money (part 3) Bridging the border: Who pays? (part 2) http://michiganradio.org/post/bridging-border-who-pays-part-2 <p>There’s been a lot of confusion about how much a new bridge across the Canadian border at Detroit might cost taxpayers. TV ads say it will cost Michigan taxpayers $100 million a year. The governor says it will cost Michigan nothing.</p> Tue, 14 Aug 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Lester Graham 8645 at http://michiganradio.org Bridging the border: Who pays? (part 2) Bridging the border: Do we need a new bridge? (part 1) http://michiganradio.org/post/bridging-border-do-we-need-new-bridge-part-1 <p>Michigan Governor Rick Snyder says we need a new bridge to Canada. It will mean more trade and more and better jobs. Not everyone agrees, especially the owners of the single bridge in Detroit which connects Michigan to Canada.</p><p>Eight thousand trucks a day cross the <a href="http://www.ambassadorbridge.com/">Ambassador Bridge</a> between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario.</p> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Lester Graham 8644 at http://michiganradio.org Bridging the border: Do we need a new bridge? (part 1)