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UAW, Moroun said to be allies
in battle to block new
U.S.-Canada bridge

Detroit Free Press, by Nathan Bomey and Brent Snavely

Original Article

Posted By:Rakasha, 10/12/2012 7:31:05 AM

The UAW and Ambassador Bridge owner Manuel (Matty) Moroun are discussing a deal that calls for the billionaire to pump cash into a labor-sponsored ballot initiative in exchange for the union's support for a Moroun-backed campaign to block a new international bridge from Detroit to Windsor, according to a senior auto executive and several local political leaders. News of the secret discussions between the UAW and Moroun's Detroit International Bridge Co. sent business leaders and officials on both sides of the political aisle reeling

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I am at a loss on this one and would welcome input and insights. Opponents to the proposal are claiming that it will not affect current bridge plans, but that it should still be voted down. My gut reaction is that the taxpayers should always have the right to vote on how their money is to be spent, even if this particular bridge proposal will suposedly not cost any taxpayer money. (I don't entirely believe that - there seems to be some counting of chickens going on before the eggs are even laid.)

If, as stated, this bridge will be built

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Rakasha, 10/12/2012 7:41:29 AM     (No. 8927691)

will be built anyway - regardless of proposal 6 - then I don't see a reason for not voting for taxpayer control over potential future bridges or tunnels and I don't understand what the uproar is about concerning this proposal. The fact that there is such a ruckus makes me think there is something more going on here but I can't put my finger on it.

I have read that Snyder is trying to do an end run around our State Legislature to get this bridge built. I don't know if that's true. I don't believe that Moroun is exactly as represented in this article (or others that I have read) either. It's very difficult to ascertain the truth when you don't feel you can trust any of the information.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: SpencersMom, 10/12/2012 7:52:45 AM     (No. 8927708)

Maroun has been in a battle with Detroit for a year or more regarding fulfillment on a contract to maintain the current bridge. He has refused to comply and a judge put him in jail for a month for contempt.

Maroun doesn't want another bridge built because it would transfer most of the traffic from his bridge to the new one. I read in an article that Maroun owns the current bridge but that seems odd. Can a private citizen own a bridge?

The current bridge exits into a deteriorating area of Windsor and drivers need to travel a ways to get to the business district. The new bridge will exit directly into the business district making it more efficient for travelers.

Maroun has also paid off a few congressmen so they will vote down any effort to approve building a new bridge.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: VeteranAmerican, 10/12/2012 8:14:06 AM     (No. 8927747)

The question is why would anyone want to go to Detroit without a MRAP?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: jimK1, 10/12/2012 8:17:55 AM     (No. 8927755)

Coming from crooked politicians, if it sounds as if they are giving you something (like the right to choose) they really aren't. As I understand this Moroun wants to keep his monopoly on the bridge at the expense of the rest of the state. This is strictly a ploy for Moroun's benefit, not ours.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: joew9, 10/12/2012 10:44:28 AM     (No. 8928145)

I have to go to Detroit often. It is full of wide streets with very little traffic compared to what I normally experience in Atlanta and other cities. Atlanta has more traffic on weekends than Detroit has during weekday rush hours. Detroit has many expensive buildings and transportation fixtures. They were once so flush with cash that they spent excessively on everything. It is not a good time to spend money on another expensive traffic fixture when the city is closing down for reasons other than traffic.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: birddog, 10/12/2012 1:51:20 PM     (No. 8928638)

Moroun DOES own the existing bridge..He really did "build that" and had plans to build another,he had the land,plans, contracts and the rights to do so on both sides of the river/border but local Govt's instead froze him out so THEY could build and own a bridge.

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