The Bridge? This whole mess started because the idiot
that owns the Ambassador bridge refuses to let the state
inspect it. Imagine a bridge that carries most of the traffic
between Michigan and Ontario cannot be inspected by the
government. No one knows if it is really safe. He says it is.
Remember the interstate bridge in Minneapolis that collapsed?
His attitude led to the thinking that a new, state owned
bridge would be better. Also, the Ambassador bridge is more
than 80 years old. Nothing lasts forever. The time to plan
and build a replacement is now. The court fight to block the
new bridge failed. The advertising campaign to stop the
state legislature authorizing the funding failed. Now this guy
and his friends are funding what amounts to an ex post facto
law, saying that no bridge can be built (if it is not finished by
Jan 1, 2013) without aprroval by all of the voters in the state.
Think about it. If I-94 needed a new bridge near Romulus,
or I-75 needed a new bridge over the River Raisin, this law
would block construction until the whole state went to the polls
and voted yes. Every new bridge in every part of the state would
have to be voted for, every year, by all of us.
This is a dumb, and narrow minded attempt to block one
bridge, that would ultimately effect road construction all
over the state.