New International Trade Crossing http://michiganradio.org en Canada waiting for U.S. to support bridge http://michiganradio.org/post/canada-waiting-us-support-bridge <p>Canadian officials are saying the proposed U.S.-Canadian bridge is not getting the U.S. funding it needs.</p><p>That could mean the New International Trade Crossing – the second bridge between Detroit and Windsor – could be postponed beyond the project’s 2020 completion date.</p><p>As Jim Lynch of the <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140228/METRO08/302280038/Canada-fears-U-S-could-hold-up-Detroit-River-bridge">Detroit News reports</a>, Canadian officials are offering up $630 million to build the new bridge.</p><p>The only thing the Canadians aren’t paying for is the customs office that would need to go on the U.S. side of the bridge.</p><p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 18:01:11 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16658 at http://michiganradio.org Canada waiting for U.S. to support bridge Snyder urges feds to act on new bridge, immigration proposal http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-urges-feds-act-new-bridge-immigration-proposal <p>Governor says plans to build a new bridge connecting Detroit and Canada have hit a snag—and he’s getting frustrated with the federal government.</p><p>The Governor spoke to the Detroit Regional Chamber while President Obama signed the new farm bill in Lansing Friday.</p><p>In 2012, Governor Snyder went around the state legislature and signed an agreement with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to build the New International Trade Crossing between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario.</p> Sat, 08 Feb 2014 16:26:56 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 16365 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder urges feds to act on new bridge, immigration proposal What's going on with the new bridge to Canada? http://michiganradio.org/post/whats-going-new-bridge-canada <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Remember all the political wrangling over the "New International Trade Crossing"?</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>After that feverish campaign in the fall of 2012, where Ambassador Bridge owner Matty Maroun failed to convince Michigan voters to give him a monopoly of the Detroit River crossing between Detroit and Canada, and after Canada agreed that it would indeed pay the lion's share of the $2.1 billion it'll cost to complete the bridge – after all of that – why has there been no more movement toward getting the new bridge built?</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Michigan Radio's political commentator Jack Lessenberry explains what's up.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>*Listen to the audio above.</em></div><p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 22:04:46 +0000 Stateside Staff 16198 at http://michiganradio.org What's going on with the new bridge to Canada? Canada scouts for property in Delray for new bridge http://michiganradio.org/post/canada-scouts-property-delray-new-bridge <p>Get ready Michigan – Canada is taking serious steps toward building a new bridge over the Detroit River, according to <a href="http://blogs.windsorstar.com/2013/05/22/canadian-funds-allocated-to-start-buying-property-in-delray-for-dric-bridge/">Dave Battagello from <em>The Windsor Star</em>:</a></p><blockquote><p><em>The Canadian government has dedicated $25 million in its recent budget to start buying property in Delray for the new Detroit River bridge, while U.S. federal administrators debate the size and scope of the customs plaza, Canada’s Consul General Roy Norton said Wednesday.</em></p></blockquote><p>If you aren’t familiar with the bridge project (known as the Detroit River International Crossing or the New International Trade Crossing) you certainly saw the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYsgg4mCGkI">commercials for Proposal 6 last November</a>.</p><p><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/4-things-know-about-proposal-6-bridge-vote">Proposal 6</a> was an attempt by Ambassador Bridge owner, Matty Moroun, to require voter approval for any bridge or tunnel between Michigan and Canada.</p><p>Proposal 6 did not pass and the new bridge is moving closer to reality. Thu, 23 May 2013 15:25:37 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12703 at http://michiganradio.org Canada scouts for property in Delray for new bridge Stateside for Monday, April 29th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-april-29th-2013 <p></p><p>With approval by the U.S. State Department, the plan to build a new, second bridge from Detroit to Windsor is moving forward. On today's show we take a look at the community in Detroit where the bridge will be built.</p><p>Just what will happen to the Delray neighborhood? And, then, we'll speak with a woman who has hiked the shorelines of all five Great Lakes.<br><br>But first to the state Capitol, where we saw a flurry of voting last week as lawmakers put together the next state budget.</p><p>It's expected to total about $48 billion.</p><p><br>The Republican-controlled state House approved spending for schools and colleges as well as a budget to fund the rest of state government.</p><p>The state Senate, also controlled by Republicans, approved about half of its budget plan with more votes scheduled this week.</p><p>Now, these votes set the stage for negotiations between the two Chambers in May because the goal in Lansing is to get the budget complete by June 1st.</p><p>Joining us are Chad Livengood, Lansing reporter for The Detroit News, and Chris Gautz, Capitol Correspondent for Crain’s Detroit Business. Mon, 29 Apr 2013 21:26:46 +0000 Stateside Staff 12330 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, April 29th, 2013 How the bridge will affect Delray residents http://michiganradio.org/post/how-bridge-will-affect-delray-residents <p></p><p>The New International Trade Crossing has taken a big step closer to becoming reality.&nbsp;</p><p>Recently, the U.S. State Department approved the project which will allow the creation of a second span across the Detroit River from Detroit to Windsor.</p><p>The residents, business owners, and civic leaders in the Delray neighborhood have been watching the progress of this project very closely.</p><p>Delray is where the bridge would be built - where traffic would flow - and where life will change.<br><br>Will the bridge bring good things to the southwest Detroit neighborhood and its residents, or will their quality of life be sacrificed for the economic benefits to Michigan?</p><p>Simone <span class="st">Sagovac</span> is with the Southwest Detroit Community Benefits Coalition. Today, she told us how the new bridge will affect Delray residents and whether the two can exist.</p><p>Listen to the full interview above. Mon, 29 Apr 2013 21:25:56 +0000 Stateside Staff 12323 at http://michiganradio.org How the bridge will affect Delray residents Commentary: Unsung heroes and the bridge http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-unsung-heroes-and-bridge <p></p><p>Three years ago, it seemed possible we’d never see a new bridge over the Detroit River. True, most businesses and corporations felt that one would definitely be needed.</p><p>The existing Ambassador Bridge is more than 80 years old, but carries 25 percent of all the trade between the United States and Canada -- more than $3 billion a week.</p><p>There is no backup for it, and even a temporary shutdown would wreak havoc on the economies of Michigan and Ontario.</p><p>But thanks to lavish campaign contributions, Manuel J. “Matty Moroun” had been able to effectively buy off the Michigan legislature, to the point where they would not even allow a vote on the issue.</p><p>Once, when I asked U.S. Senator Carl Levin if anything surprised him about Detroit, his answer was “the incredible power of Moroun.” Yet last Friday, there stood a triumphant Governor Rick Snyder with an array of Canadian officials.</p><p>Secretary of State John Kerry had just issued a presidential permit allowing a New International Trade Crossing Bridge to be built.</p><p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 14:55:18 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 12139 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Unsung heroes and the bridge Another step closer to a new international bridge crossing http://michiganradio.org/post/another-step-closer-new-international-bridge-crossing <p>A newly awarded presidential permit will allow Michigan to wrap up an agreement with Canada to build a new international bridge. The bridge will connect Detroit and Windsor-Ontario.&nbsp;Michigan, U.S. and Canadian officials cheered the news today.&nbsp;<br> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 21:37:05 +0000 Rick Pluta 12124 at http://michiganradio.org Another step closer to a new international bridge crossing Commentary: Michigan's low integrity standards http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-michigans-low-integrity-standards <p></p><p>If you want proof we need sterner ethics laws for Michigan’s elected officials, you need only consider former State Rep. Paul Opsommer, who until this year was chair of the House Transportation Committee.&nbsp;</p><p>Term limits then forced him to give up his seat in the legislature. While he was there, he supported his fellow Republican, Governor Rick Snyder, on most issues. Except for one: Whether to build a new bridge across the Detroit River.</p><p>Opsommer, who lives in the small town of DeWitt, outside Lansing, was rabidly opposed to the New International Trade Crossing. He did all he could to stop it.</p><p> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 13:25:52 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 11195 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Michigan's low integrity standards Michigan Gov. Snyder touts major accomplishments in 2012 http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-gov-snyder-touts-major-accomplishments-2012 <p>Governor Snyder says despite mounting political tension, his second year in office brought about many major accomplishments.<br><br>During a year-end roundtable with the press today, the governor touted a number of policies he says will move the state forward.<br><br>They include an agreement to build a new international crossing in Detroit, a phase-out of the state’s tax on industrial equipment, and a regional transit authority for southeast Michigan.<br><br>Snyder had to be asked before he made any mention of some of 2012’s controversies, including the new “right-to-work” law, and emergency managers.<br><br>He says lawmakers in 2013 should not let those issues get in the way of bipartisanship.</p><p>"That’s the start of the process to bring people back together, to say ‘we’re looking beyond just people saying they’re fighting, but we should be looking to service our citizens,’" said Snyder. "Because what really matters is customer service to our citizens, not hard feelings over some other particular issue."</p><p>The governor also said the “right-to-work” law is already attracting attention from businesses looking to move to Michigan. Fri, 21 Dec 2012 20:05:05 +0000 Mark Brush 10498 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Gov. Snyder touts major accomplishments in 2012 Governor Snyder in Canada today http://michiganradio.org/post/governor-snyder-canada-today <p>Governor Rick Snyder is in Canada today to talk trade and regional cooperation.<br><br>He's in Toronto to attend a conference on public-private partnerships. The former business executive and investor relies heavily on agreements with the private sector to meet his goals.<br><br>Snyder is expected to announce an agreement with other Great Lakes states on a Canadian trade office. Canada is Michigan’s biggest international trading partner.<br><br>The governor’s economic plans envision a thriving Chicago-to-Montreal trade zone with Michigan as a center point.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br>The governor will also meet with his Ontario counterpart, Premier Dalton McGuinty.<br><br>The subject of a new Detroit-Windsor bridge will be part of their discussion. Michigan voters just rejected a ballot question that could have hindered the project. Mon, 26 Nov 2012 15:43:01 +0000 Rick Pluta 10054 at http://michiganradio.org Governor Snyder in Canada today In this morning's Michigan news headlines... http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-michigan-news-headlines-115 <p><strong>Governor Snyder talking trade in Canada today</strong></p><p>With a momentum building for a new international bridge spanning the Detroit River after Michigan voters rejected a ballot proposal aimed at delaying the project, Governor Snyder is in Toronto today to attend a conference on public-private partnerships.</p><p>MPRN's Rick Pluta reports:</p><blockquote><p>The governor is expected to announce an agreement with other Great Lakes states on a Canadian trade office. Canada is Michigan’s biggest international trading partner. The governor’s economic plans envision a thriving Chicago-to-Montreal trade zone with Michigan as a center point.</p></blockquote><p>Snyder is also expected to meet with Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty. Both are expected to meet with the press afterward.</p><p><strong>Detroit seeks to avoid cash crises</strong></p><p>Last week, the Detroit City Council rejected a proposed contract with the law firm Miller Canfield. The firm was hired to counsel Mayor Bing on the city’s financial stability agreements.</p><p>The 'no' vote led to an impending cash crisis because the state said the city could not access $30 million in bonds to cover debt.</p><p>Mayor Bing announced furlough days for city workers would be coming as a result.</p><p><a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121126/METRO01/211260379">The Detroit News</a> reports city council will review their decision today.</p><p><strong>Day 28 of the Kwame Kilpatrick trial</strong></p><p>The public corruption trial of the 'Kilpatrick Enterprise' resumes today after a week long break.</p><p><a href="http://blogs.detroitnews.com/kwamekilpatrick/2012/11/26/day-28/">The Detroit News</a> reports Avinash Rachmale is on the witness stand.</p><blockquote><p>A Detroit businessman will spend a third day describing threats and extortion demands by ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s close friend and co-defendant in the City Hall corruption trial... The Lakeshore Engineering Services founder has told jurors of $1.7-million payouts to Kilpatrick pal Bobby Ferguson for no-show work. The money was part of a series of extortion payments Rachmale allegedly paid to keep Ferguson happy, protect city deals and help ensure future city contracts.</p></blockquote><p>Both the Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press are live-blogging the trial. Mon, 26 Nov 2012 15:09:58 +0000 Mark Brush 10052 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's Michigan news headlines... Governor Snyder, Ambassador Bridge owners duel over Proposal 6, new bridge http://michiganradio.org/post/governor-snyder-ambassador-bridge-owners-duel-over-proposal-6-new-bridge <p>Governor Rick Snyder is focused on the Michigan ballot with two weeks to go before Election Day.</p><p>On Monday, Snyder appeared alongside Canadian consul general Roy Norton at a Canada-United States Business Association meeting town hall in Detroit.</p><p>Both men asked Michigan and Canadian business leaders to support the proposed New International Trade Crossing. And both urged a “no” vote on Proposal 6, which would require a statewide referendum on any new international crossings. He says he’s in “campaign mode.”</p> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 04:12:22 +0000 Sarah Cwiek & Jake Neher 9567 at http://michiganradio.org Governor Snyder, Ambassador Bridge owners duel over Proposal 6, new bridge Teamsters local throws support behind Proposal 6, the bridge vote http://michiganradio.org/post/teamsters-local-throws-support-behind-proposal-6-bridge-vote <p>Ambassador Bridge owner Matty Moroun has secured the support of Michigan’s 5,000-member Teamsters Local 299 for Proposal 6.</p><p><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/4-things-know-about-proposal-6-bridge-vote">Proposal 6 </a>would amend the state Constitution to require a statewide vote before Michigan constructs or finances any new international bridges or tunnels for motor vehicles.</p><p>The Moroun-backed amendment is opposed to Governor Snyder’s New International Trade Crossing.</p> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 17:18:41 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9520 at http://michiganradio.org Teamsters local throws support behind Proposal 6, the bridge vote 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 Bridge owners say analysis shows new bridge not economically feasible http://michiganradio.org/post/bridge-owners-say-analysis-shows-new-bridge-not-economically-feasible <p>A report commissioned by the owners of the Ambassador Bridge says Gov. Rick&nbsp; Snyder has not given voters enough information about the economic impact of a proposed new span over the Detroit River.&nbsp;<br><br>The analysis by a Grand Rapids consulting firm says plans for the new bridge are not economically feasible.<br> Thu, 04 Oct 2012 19:48:49 +0000 Rina Miller 9366 at http://michiganradio.org Bridge owners say analysis shows new bridge not economically feasible The six ballot proposals facing Michigan voters http://michiganradio.org/post/six-ballot-proposals-facing-michigan-voters <p>Michigan voters will see six proposals on their ballots.</p><p>There is one referendum on a current law, and five proposed amendments to the Michigan State Constitution.&nbsp;</p><p>See the links below for the proposals as they will appear on your ballot.</p><p>Be sure to check back in the coming weeks as Michigan Radio will be providing detailed analysis of each proposal.</p><p><strong>Referendum:</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.michigan.gov/documents/sos/Stand_Up_for_Democracy_396199_7.pdf">Proposal 1: The emergency manager law</a></p> Wed, 26 Sep 2012 13:03:33 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9232 at http://michiganradio.org The six ballot proposals facing Michigan voters Life in Delray http://michiganradio.org/post/life-delray <p>Delray is a neighborhood in southwest Detroit. &nbsp;People who live here are surrounded by heavy industry. A proposed new bridge to Canada is planned to land in the Delray neighborhood.&nbsp; The construction could change how the neighborhood looks.&nbsp; It’s estimated that thousands more trucks will pass by the neighborhood every day.</p><p>When we visited one recent summer evening, a bunch of kids were climbing on a playground. Two of them were playing tag, laughing and running themselves breathless.</p><p>But just past the red and yellow playground are two tall smoke stacks. If you look closely, you can see a green haze creeping out of them.</p><p>Simone Sagovac is with Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision. The non-profit group has been working to clean up southwest Detroit for 20 years.</p><p>“People who come to visit here from the EPA, from around the country, say that it's one of the worst places they've ever been to.”</p><p> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8845 at http://michiganradio.org Life in Delray Michigan election board deadlocks on bridge ballot proposal http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-election-board-deadlocks-bridge-ballot-proposal <p>The Board of State Canvassers deadlocks on the ballot proposal that would require public votes to construct a new international bridge. The measure is backed by the owners of the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit, who are trying to block a competing bridge. They could now go to court to get on the ballot. Mon, 27 Aug 2012 22:11:47 +0000 Rick Pluta 8840 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan election board deadlocks on bridge ballot proposal Little support for twin span, but Ambassador Bridge owners still push to keep permit http://michiganradio.org/post/little-support-twin-span-ambassador-bridge-owners-still-push-keep-permit <p>The owners of the Ambassador Bridge are <a href="http://blogs.windsorstar.com/2012/08/23/environmental-permit-for-bridges-twin-span-expires/">trying to renew an environmental permit for a proposed twin span</a>.</p><p>The twin span idea has been rejected by both Governor Snyder and Canadian officials. <a href="http://blogs.windsorstar.com/2012/08/23/environmental-permit-for-bridges-twin-span-expires/">They’ve already signed a deal</a> to build a new bridge, the so-called New International Trade Crossing, further downriver.</p> Sat, 25 Aug 2012 00:29:44 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 8817 at http://michiganradio.org Little support for twin span, but Ambassador Bridge owners still push to keep permit