Proposal 6 en Celebrating a bridge to Canada <p>There’s a lot of arguing lately about building a new bridge to Canada.</p><p></p><p>But this week, one Michigan community is celebrating a milestone for its international bridge.</p><p></p><p>On Halloween, 1962, the International Bridge at Sault Ste. Marie opened.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Since then, more than 93 million vehicles have crossed the nearly three mile long bridge.&nbsp;&nbsp; About seven thousand vehicles cross the International Bridge in Sault Ste. Marie on an average day.</p><p></p><p>The bridge is jointly managed by the state of Michigan and the government of Canada.</p> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 16:13:46 +0000 Steve Carmody 9692 at Celebrating a bridge to Canada Governor Snyder kicks off bus tour to talk about 6 ballot proposals <p>A giant tour bus outside the Grand Rapids hotel where <a href="">Governor Rick Snyder </a>spoke Monday says it all – vote yes on prop one and no on the rest.</p><p>Snyder, some business leaders and even an emergency financial manager will be on the bus for the four day tour. They’ll stop in towns throughout the state to discuss the proposals.</p><p>Governor Snyder says he’s trying to better inform voters about their options.</p> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 00:46:19 +0000 Lindsey Smith 9684 at Governor Snyder kicks off bus tour to talk about 6 ballot proposals The week in Michigan politics <p>This week Christina Shockley and Jack Lessenberry talked about <a href="">Proposal 6</a>, how a new report indicates that the Michigan Merit Curriculum that was implemented in high schools in 2006 has <a href="">not shown good results</a>, and how two campaign staffers of former US Representative Thadeus McCotter will <a href="|newswell|text|Michigan%20news|s">stand trial</a>. They're charged with conspiring to get then-Congressman McCotter on the 2012 ballot with bogus petitions.</p><p> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 12:00:58 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 9592 at The week in Michigan politics Commentary: The other debate <p>You might say there was more than usual going on last night. There was the last game of the National League baseball playoffs, in which San Francisco completed a dramatic comeback to take on the Detroit Tigers in the World Series.&nbsp;Meanwhile, on another channel, the Detroit Lions were blowing their Monday night football game.</p><p>And Barack Obama and Mitt Romney were locked in the final&nbsp;debate of the closest presidential campaign in years, this time arguing about foreign policy and the state of the world.</p> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 12:53:38 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 9571 at Commentary: The other debate In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . <p><strong>Michigan curriculum has disappointing results</strong></p><p>"An effort to improve Michigan’s high school academic standards appears to be having a disappointing result. The Michigan Merit Curriculum was implemented in Michigan high schools in 2006. Researchers from Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and the state of Michigan found that test scores improved only slightly for students&nbsp; entering high school with strong academic skills.&nbsp;&nbsp; But for those with weak skills, test scores fell and graduation rates declined," Steve Carmody <a href="">reports. </a></p><p><strong>Snyder says Prop 6 would cause court battle if passed</strong></p><p>"Governor Rick Snyder is worried Proposal 6 on the November ballot would spark a lengthy court battle if it’s passed. The initiative would require a state-wide vote before any new international crossing could be built in the state. Governor Rick Snyder says his plan for a new international bridge in Detroit is not meant to put the existing Ambassador Bridge out of business. Current bridge owners say a new bridge is not necessary, and would be expensive for Michigan taxpayers. Canada has agreed to front the costs of the new bridge, and a number of studies have concluded there will be no new costs to state taxpayers," Jake Neher <a href="">reports. </a></p><p><strong>McCotter aids in court for campaign scandal</strong></p><p>"Two men who worked for a Detroit-area congressman are returning to court to learn if they'll stand trial in a campaign scandal. Paul Seewald and Don Yowchuang are charged with conspiring to get then-Congressman Thaddeus McCotter on the 2012 ballot with bogus petitions. The judge says he'll make a decision on the matter today," the AP reports.</p><p> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 11:01:14 +0000 Emily Fox 9568 at In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . <p><strong>Snyder holds town hall meeting on Prop 6 today</strong></p><p>"Governor Snyder will hold a town hall meeting with members of the Canada-United States Business Association in Detroit today. He’ll be stressing the need for a new Detroit-Windsor bridge—and for voters to reject Proposal 6. Proposal 6 would require voter approval for any new international bridges or tunnels for motor vehicles,” Sarah Cwiek reports.</p><p><strong>Voters in West Michigan can learn more about Prop 3 this week</strong></p><p>"People living in West Michigan will have two opportunities early this week to learn about and discuss the so-called 25 by 25 ballot proposal. If voters pass Proposal 3, utility companies in Michigan would have to get 25-percent of their energy from renewable sources like wind and solar. There’s a panel discussion tonight with people for and against Proposal 3. It’s at the Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center in Muskegon. Tomorrow morning in Grand Rapids the President of the Union of Concerned Scientists will travel from Massachusetts to join west Michigan business leaders in favor of Proposal 3," Lindsey Smith reports.</p><p><strong>Some Michigan lawmakers looking to increase retirement age for public school employees</strong></p><p>"Michigan lawmakers are looking at a plan that would increase the minimum retirement age for public school employees. The current retirement age is 60. But some people want to index the retirement age according to life expectancy, which would be determined every year. Mark Guastella is with the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel. He says the system paid more than $700 million in benefits last year to people who outlived their life expectancy," Rina Miller reports.</p><p> Mon, 22 Oct 2012 10:58:01 +0000 Emily Fox 9552 at In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . <p><strong>Senate Fiscal Agency says Prop 6 will cost taxpayers</strong></p><p>"A ballot proposal meant to stall a new international bridge in Detroit could cost Michigan taxpayers tens of millions of dollars. That’s according to a report from the Senate Fiscal Agency. <a href="">Proposal 6</a> would require a public vote on any new international bridge or tunnel. The report says it would cost the state nearly $10.5 million&nbsp; to hold a special election on a new crossing. On top of that, researchers say tens of millions of dollars in infrastructure funding could also be in jeopardy," Jake Neher reports.</p><p><strong>ACLU suing Morgan Stanley for racist lending in Detroit</strong></p><p><br>"The American Civil Liberties Union is suing Morgan Stanley on behalf of five Detroit homeowners. The group says Morgan Stanley violated federal anti-discrimination laws by encouraging a now-defunct sub-prime mortgage lender to make risky loans in predominantly black neighborhoods. The lawsuit was filed in a New York federal court, and seeks class-action status," Sarah Cwiek<a href=""> reports</a>.</p><p><strong>Response to meningitis outbreak might take time</strong></p><p>"Congressman John Dingell says it will take time to figure out the right response to a meningitis outbreak caused by tainted steroids. But he's urging Congress to take action and ensure the same thing never happens again.&nbsp; &nbsp;Dingell says right now, the Food and Drug Administration lacks the authority to regulate the company that made the contaminated medicine -- which has killed 15 people so far," Chris Zollars <a href="">reports. </a></p><p> Tue, 16 Oct 2012 13:26:28 +0000 Emily Fox 9490 at In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . Commentary: Shame of the UAW <p>As you probably know, a Titanic battle has been going on for years now over whether to build a new bridge over the Detroit River.</p><p>On one side is Governor Rick Snyder, the government of Canada, Ford, Chrysler and General Motors, and the chambers of commerce. On the other side, Matty Moroun’s family, the owners of the Ambassador Bridge, who right now have a monopoly on moving billions in heavy automotive components from Detroit to Ontario.</p><p>The Moroun family, that is, together with those who support their position because of their money.</p> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 17:02:12 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 9484 at Commentary: Shame of the UAW 4 things to know about Proposal 6: The 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="">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 4 things to know about Proposal 6: The bridge vote Commentary: Time to step up 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 Commentary: Time to step up against Proposal 5 and 6? Truth Squad on Prop 6: Flagrant Fouls on 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 Truth Squad on Prop 6: Flagrant Fouls on bridge TV ads Bridging the 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 Bridging the border: Who decides? (part 4) Bridging the border: Influence of 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 Bridging the border: Influence of money (part 3) Bridging the 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 Bridging the border: Who pays? (part 2) Bridging the border: Do we need a 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="">Ambassador Bridge</a> between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario.</p> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Lester Graham 8644 at Bridging the border: Do we need a new bridge? (part 1)