Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says he is expecting a fight against his proposed second bridge to Canada.
The People Should Decide will hold a news conference this afternoon in Detroit to discuss a petition drive to put the question on the November ballot.
In response to the opposition, the governor told reporters, “This is the right thing to do for the people of Michigan. We’re just going to keep moving forward. And it’s about respecting the process. Objections will come up. Issues will come up. We’ll just take them one step at a time and address them and keep moving forward.”
The governor spoke to the Southwest Detroit Business Association this morning telling them the new bridge will bring 10,000 new jobs in the construction phase and new long term jobs as international trade improves.
The governor told the group that his administration intends to engage the area where the new bridge would be built for workers, contractors and young people to do apprenticeships in trades jobs on the bridge.
The new bridge would be paid for in part with a loan from Canada, matched with US federal funds and Canada would be paid back through bridge tolls.
The governor says no state tax dollars will be used.
Snyder is doing this without the Michigan Legislature that voted down a new bridge.
Detroit International Bridge Co. wants to add a span of its own.
Ambassador Bridge owner Manuel “Matty” Moroun is behind the petition drive to put the new bridge on the November ballot.
He is also expected to take this issue to court.