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Mon November 21, 2011
Ohio to Michigan: Please build a new bridge to Canada
The Ohio state Senate has approved a resolution supporting a new international bridge between Detroit and Windsor.
The senators say Ohio needs that bridge as much as Michigan does.
Ohio senators say their state does $31 billion worth of bilateral trade with Canada every year – trade that supports hundreds of thousands of jobs in Ohio.
The bi-partisan resolution says trade and travel between Ohio and Canada will only increase in the future, and a modern border crossing is essential to support it. The resolution notes the age of the existing Ambassador Bridge, at 83 years.
Owners of the Ambassador Bridge have lobbied fiercely to block a new bridge, and Republicans in the Michigan legislature recently shelved bills to start a public-private partnership with Canada, despite Governor Snyder’s strong support for the bills.
Governor Snyder says he still hopes to win the legislature's support for the project, which will cost the state nothing, because Canada and Ontario have offered to pay the state's $550 million share of the cost.