detroit bridge http://michiganradio.org en Moroun & Stamper, Losing Credibility http://michiganradio.org/post/moroun-stamper-losing-credibility <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">When I heard the first news flashes about the Michigan Court of appeals ruling yesterday, it appeared briefly that the Ambassador Bridge company had won. Indeed, the court said Wayne County Circuit Judge Prentis Edwards was wrong to rule that Matty Moroun, the bridge&rsquo;s owner, and Dan Stamper, his top employee, had to stay in jail until they lived up to an agreement with the state.</font></font></font></font></font></p> Tue, 07 Feb 2012 15:52:10 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 6122 at http://michiganradio.org Moroun & Stamper, Losing Credibility Moroun Buying Lansing http://michiganradio.org/post/moroun-buying-lansing <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">Most people remember Upton Sinclair, the crusading twentieth century writer, as the author of the novel, The Jungle, which exposed conditions in the food packing industry in Chicago. If you haven&rsquo;t read it, it&rsquo;s enough to make a butcher become a vegan for a week.</font></font></font></font></font></p> Wed, 01 Feb 2012 16:04:18 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 6041 at http://michiganradio.org Moroun Buying Lansing The Governor and the Bridge http://michiganradio.org/post/governor-and-bridge <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">Governor Rick Snyder had an amazing year last year, getting far more of his program through the legislature than anyone could have predicted. His one major defeat was, in a way, shocking.</font></font></font></font></font></p> Wed, 04 Jan 2012 16:28:01 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 5631 at http://michiganradio.org The Governor and the Bridge Ambassador Bridge owners "paper over all the truth with money" http://michiganradio.org/post/ambassador-bridge-owners-paper-over-all-truth-money <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="3"><font size="3"><font size="3"><font size="3">Last week I received an indignant angry e-mail from a Republican woman I&rsquo;ve known for many years, someone who has worked for Republican officeholders and in many campaigns.</font></font></font></font></font></p> Mon, 07 Nov 2011 18:40:59 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 4855 at http://michiganradio.org Ambassador Bridge owners "paper over all the truth with money" A New Detroit River Bridge: The Situation in Delray http://michiganradio.org/post/new-detroit-river-bridge-situation-delray <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">For a brief moment, a couple weeks ago, it looked like things might finally be moving on the governor&rsquo;s plan to build a new Detroit River bridge a plan heavily supported by business.</font></font></font></font></font></p> Wed, 02 Nov 2011 15:15:35 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 4809 at http://michiganradio.org A New Detroit River Bridge: The Situation in Delray Political Roundup: Discussing Snyder's transportation and infrastructure plan http://michiganradio.org/post/political-roundup-discussing-snyders-transportation-and-infrastructure-plan <p>Governor Rick Snyder gave an address on infrastructure today at Southfield&#39;s Lawrence Technological University. His plan focuses on improving Internet access, roads, and sewer systems.</p><p>Here to take a look at what was mentioned and what was left out are Ken Sikkema, former Senate Majority Leader and Senior Policy Fellow at Public Sector Consultants and Susan Demas, political analyst for Michigan Information and Research Service.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 26 Oct 2011 21:09:26 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom & Jennifer White 4707 at http://michiganradio.org Political Roundup: Discussing Snyder's transportation and infrastructure plan New Detroit Bridge: Legislative Breakdown http://michiganradio.org/post/new-detroit-bridge-legislative-breakdown <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">There now seems to be an increasing likelihood that Governor Snyder may bypass the legislature and find another way to build a new bridge across the Detroit River. Late last week, a spokesman for the Ambassador Bridge Company said that would be outrageous.</font></font></font></font></p> Tue, 25 Oct 2011 15:08:02 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 4685 at http://michiganradio.org New Detroit Bridge: Legislative Breakdown A New Detroit River Bridge: Bump in the Bridge Bills http://michiganradio.org/post/new-detroit-river-bridge-bump-bridge-bills <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">So what happened yesterday?</font></font></font></font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">For months, everybody interested in the possibility of a new bridge over the Detroit River had waited for the State Senate Economic Development Committee to take a vote.</font></font></font></font></p> Thu, 20 Oct 2011 14:38:21 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 4646 at http://michiganradio.org A New Detroit River Bridge: Bump in the Bridge Bills A New Bridge Across the Detroit River: Conflict of Interest? http://michiganradio.org/post/new-bridge-across-detroit-river-conflict-interest <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">Here&rsquo;s something you may not know about journalists: We have a pretty high standard of integrity, especially when it comes to conflicts of interest. We normally don&rsquo;t cover any events in which we have any kind of personal interest -- especially economic interest.</font></font></font></font></p> Wed, 19 Oct 2011 14:59:24 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 4635 at http://michiganradio.org A New Bridge Across the Detroit River: Conflict of Interest? Michigan Senate scheduled to vote on new bridge bills this week http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-senate-scheduled-vote-new-bridge-bills-week <p>The <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/state-senate">state Senate</a> is planning a vote on Wednesday on a <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/ambassador-bridge">new bridge from Detroit to Windsor</a>, the Detroit News <a href="http://detnews.com/article/20111008/POLITICS02/110080365/1024/POLITICS03/Lansing-lawmakers-set-to-vote-on-international-bridge-next-week">reports</a>. From the News:</p><blockquote><p>The Senate Economic Development Committee, which is considering legislation to create a public authority to take bids on the bridge, will hold hearings Tuesday and Wednesday and vote on the two bridge bills at the end of Wednesday&#39;s session, according to a schedule released Friday.</p></blockquote><p>Governor Snyder&rsquo;s administration has been pushing for a new span across the Detroit River since January, when the Governor <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/gov-snyder-supports-new-detroit-river-bridge-and-he-says-hes-got-way-pay-it">signaled his support for the new bridge during his first State of the State address</a>.</p><p>But, as the Detroit News <a href="http://detnews.com/article/20111008/POLITICS02/110080365/1024/POLITICS03/Lansing-lawmakers-set-to-vote-on-international-bridge-next-week">notes</a>, it&rsquo;s unclear whether the Legislature will pass the bills, &ldquo;in fact, it wasn&#39;t clear Friday if there were enough votes to get the bills out of committee, which has five Republicans and two Democrats&hellip; Republicans have generally opposed the public bridge, while Democrats have supported it.&rdquo;</p><p>The News <a href="http://detnews.com/article/20111008/POLITICS02/110080365/1024/POLITICS03/Lansing-lawmakers-set-to-vote-on-international-bridge-next-week">explains</a>:</p><blockquote><p><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/ambassador-bridge">Ambassador Bridge</a> owner <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/matty-moroun">Manuel &quot;Matty&quot; Moroun</a> is opposed to the project, which he sees as unfair government encroachment on his private business. He has spent millions on TV ads and lobbying against the public bridge. &nbsp;The Michigan Chamber of Commerce recently joined most other business and labor groups in supporting the project.</p><p>Snyder has said the bridge will be publicly owned, but privately financed, built and managed. The legislation says the bridge is to be built at no cost and no risk to taxpayers. Opponents say they are skeptical of that promise.</p><p>Canada has offered to front $550 million to pay Michigan&#39;s share of the project costs and would recover the money from bridge tolls. The bridge is estimated to cost just less than $1 billion. The total project &mdash; including plazas and connecting roadways on both sides of the river &mdash; is estimated to cost about $3.6 billion.</p></blockquote><p>Michigan Radio&#39;s Political Analyst <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/people/jack-lessenberry">Jack Lessenberry</a> has been writing extensively over the years about the bridge controversy:</p><ul><li><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/bridge-beyond-any-doubt"><em>The Bridge: Beyond Any Doubt</em></a>, September 21, 2011</li><li><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/bridge-beyond-any-doubt"><em>Carrying the Bridge North</em></a>, August 1st, 2011</li><li><em><a href="../../post/selling-bridge">Selling the Bridge</a></em>, June 30th, 2011</li><li><a href="../../post/beyond-law"><em>Beyond the Law?</em></a>, June 9th, 2011</li><li><a href="../../post/canada-and-bridge"><em>Canada and the Bridge</em></a>, May 26th, 2011</li><li><a href="../../post/truth-advertising"><em>Truth in Advertising</em></a>, April 12th, 2011 Mon, 10 Oct 2011 12:31:47 +0000 Zoe Clark 4507 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Senate scheduled to vote on new bridge bills this week The Bridge: Beyond Any Doubt http://michiganradio.org/post/bridge-beyond-any-doubt <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">Pretend you are a judge, let me give you some undisputed facts, and then tell me how you would make up your mind.</font></font></font></font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">The top business leaders of this state strongly support a new bridge over the Detroit River. So do the major leaders of both political parties. The bridge wouldn&rsquo;t cost the taxpayers of Michigan a cent.</font></font></font></font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">What&rsquo;s more, the bridge would instantly mean billions of dollars and thousands of desperately needed jobs for our poor battered state.&nbsp; Not when it was completed, but right away, right now.</font></font></font></font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">That&rsquo;s because the federal government has agreed to count money Canada is giving us to&nbsp; cover our costs as state matching money for federal highway funds. That would mean two point two billion dollars to fix our roads and bridges.</font></font></font></font></p><p> Wed, 21 Sep 2011 14:49:10 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 4241 at http://michiganradio.org The Bridge: Beyond Any Doubt A Bridge Too Far http://michiganradio.org/post/bridge-too-far <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-973722.mp3</p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">Once upon a time, two businessmen wanted to build a bridge across the Detroit River, using their own money to do it.&nbsp; </font></font></font></font></p> Thu, 16 Jun 2011 17:08:38 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 2916 at http://michiganradio.org A Bridge Too Far