"The bridge to Canada. $500 million just in interest payments. And with hidden costs — up to $8 billion."
The source of these claims is an Aug. 12 study commissioned by the Detroit International Bridge Co., owned by Manuel "Matty" Moroun. Moroun interests are spending millions of dollars on ads in an attempt to scuttle the proposed New International Trade Crossing bridge linking Detroit and Windsor.
A Moroun-financed ballot proposal group, The People Should Decide, released an executive summary of that study, performed by O'Keefe & Associates of Bloomfield Hills.
The summary doesn't explain the $500 million in interest payments or who is responsible for making them.
Although a June 15 agreement between Michigan and Canada to build the bridge calls for Canada to pay the entire cost of the bridge, including Michigan's $550 million share for building a connection to the bridge from Interstate 75, the O'Keefe report warns that Michigan taxpayers should be wary of getting a "free lunch" and that the project should be scrutinized for potential "hidden costs."
"But the real price isn't just in dollars. It's what we're giving up: high quality teachers for our kids; more cops on the beat; firefighters and EMTs; reduced pension taxes for seniors. Real cuts hurting real people."
Michigan isn't giving up anything because Canada is responsible for the cost of the bridge.
The claim that there will be "reduced pension taxes for seniors" makes no sense.
This appears to be some sort of a scare tactic, warning seniors that their financial security is somehow threatened by building the bridge.
Nearly every claim made in these ads is a distortion, exaggeration or a twisting of facts.
Moroun wants to maintain his near monopoly on serving traffic traveling between Detroit and Windsor via the Ambassador Bridge.
His blizzard of television ads shows he will not let facts and fair play get in his way.
To the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor for stepping forward to offer free open-heart surgery for Nguyen Duyen, a Vietnamese exchange student.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 12/09/2013
From three to four?; Should be thanked.Continued ...
Editorial: Outside smoking exposes workers to danger
They’re back, and with the same, tired arguments that didn’t work more than three years ago — and likely won’t work again.Continued ...
Editorial: Demand a say on abortion bill
There is no more personal decision for a woman to make than whether to have an abortion. But now, anti-abortion activists want state government to intervene in that decision by forcing women to buy additional health insurance to pay for one.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 12/08/2013
Stop fracking now; Disregard for women.Continued ...
Forum: Contrasting care for mentally disabled
Recently the Northern Lakes Community Mental Health Authority celebrated its 10th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of the Community Mental Health Act.Continued ...
Jack Lessenberry: What can we do with kids who kill?
So what can we do with kids who kill? Technically, in Michigan, it has been possible since 1997 to have a person of any age — even an infant — charged, tried and sentenced as an adult. It has also been legal to sentence minors who murder to life without the possibility of parole.Continued ...
George Weeks: Michigan ties of Nelson Mandela
Global icon Nelson Mandela, the 1994-97 South Africa president whose death last week had worldwide coverage seldom seen, had Michigan ties.Continued ...
- Saturday, December 7, 2013
Letters to the Editor: 12/07/2013
Where are the blowers?; Things will happen.Continued ...
Another View: State blows aid for monitoring water quality
Public dollars are hard to come by. These days, that’s a given.Continued ...
Fact Check: The 10 falsehood of the year finalists
PolitiFact will soon announce our Lie of the Year - the most significant falsehood of 2013, as chosen by our editors and reporters. Here are our 10 finalists.Continued ...
Fact Check: Jeb Bush says Obama closing embassy to Vatican
‘Tis the season to make claims about holy matters. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who is Catholic, tweeted on the day before Thanksgiving, “Why would our president close the embassy to the Vatican? Hopefully, it is not retribution for Catholic organizations opposing Obamacare.”Continued ...
- Friday, December 6, 2013
Editorial: TC obligated to recognize Indian villages at Clinch
The issue: Historic markers at Clinch ignore Anishinaabek people. Our view: Get it right.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 12/06/2013
Doesn’t make sense; Victims were helpless.Continued ...
Another View: Legislators play it safe with amendment
Adding an amendment to a 25-year-old law that prohibits firearms that could evade a metal detector should not become a national debate.Continued ...
- Thursday, December 5, 2013
Editorial: Rich helped TCAPS reach needed goals
The issue: Marjorie Rich leaving TCAPS board. Our view: She and others have given the district needed leadership.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 12/05/2013
Substandard policy; Improper use of Vasa.Continued ...
Phil Power: Clean up state's dark money mess
Three weeks ago, before the political life of Michigan got interrupted for important things (Thanksgiving, turkey, football) we were treated to a bombshell from Secretary of State Ruth Johnson.Continued ...
Another View: Filibuster block strategy has benefits
The recent Senate vote to limit the ability of the minority to block presidential appointments was a welcome move, not least because it enhances accountability.Continued ...
- Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Letters to the Editor: 12/04/2013
Litter is not OK; U.N. has an agenda.Continued ...
Another View: Dislike freeloaders? Change state law
No one likes a freeloader. Count Michigan teachers among that number.Continued ...
Another View: Bumpy roads surely ahead for Mich.
No one should have been surprised when Gov. Rick Snyder’s plan to get $1.2 billion in new road funds fell flat in the Legislature in 2013.Continued ...
- Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Editorial: Big Rock’s nuke waste site got a pass
The issue: Critics assail Canadian nuke waste plan. Our view: Little has been said about how Big Rock’s waste is stored.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 12/03/2013
Competition beneficial; Bill the owner.Continued ...
Another View: We share blame with Washington
‘We the people’ must share the blame for the nation’s political mess.Continued ...
- Cheers: 12/09/2013