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Mon June 6, 2011
Bridge issue to begin, Republicans still unsure
The state Senate will get its first look this week at legislation proposing a new bridge between Detroit and Canada.
Republicans have rejected the idea of a new bridge for years. Many of them received campaign contributions from the owner of the Ambassador Bridge – the only current span between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario.
But Republican lawmakers say they are against a new bridge because there has never been clear information about how the bridge would be paid for.
Republican House Speaker Jase Bolger agrees.
“I can tell you, as a legislator, you always get conflicting information. But I have never seen such conflicting information as you do on the bridge.”
“Just totally diametrically opposed pieces of information. And it’s difficult as a legislator to cut through and understand what the true story is.”
The bridge bill will start in the Senate and is sponsored by Republican Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville.
Governor Rick Snyder has been pushing for the bridge project to be approved by the Legislature, and is relying on wide Democratic support.