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Tue October 18, 2011
In this morning's news...
Bridge vote could come soon
A vote could come this week on a proposed second bridge connecting Detroit to Canada. Many Republicans remain skeptical that Michigan taxpayers won't assume any financial risk despite Canada's promise to pay all the construction costs. However, state Sen. Dave Hildenbrand (R-Lowell Township), says campaigns against the bridge have contributed to misformation about the project. Hildenbrand says the bridge should project should be considered. The owners of the Ambassador bridge oppose the plan. They stand to lose business if a second bridge is built.
Federal money to help pay for state transportation projects
Almost $47 million in funding for transportation projects is coming Michigan's Way. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced 16 Michigan projects during a visit to Dearborn Monday. The funding includes $2 million for a study of running light rail to Detroit's northern suburbs, and $6 million to replace Detroit buses.
Need for construction, skilled-trade workers growing
Demand for construction and skilled-trade workers is growing in Michigan, and apprentice programs are gearing up to fill the need. The Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget says the number of construction and related jobs in the state is projected to grow nearly 7 percent by the year 2018.