The MML Board of Trustees, at a meeting held during convention, voted to oppose Proposal 6 on the November general election ballot. If approved, Proposal 6 would require a statewide vote prior to the state involving itself in the construction of a international bridge.
Proposal 6 is the brainchild of billionaire Detroit developer Matty Mouroun, who owns the Ambassador Bridge. Mr. Maroun is trying to prevent the fulfillment of an agreement between the State of Michigan and Canada to build a second span between Detroit and Windsor.
The idea of a second span goes back to a report issued in 2004 and has been in the works since that time. Despite the economic turndown of the last few years, all indications are that the flow of commerce through Michigan between the United States and Canada will continue to increase. Other reports also have shown that Michigan has great opportunities over the coming years to be a center of international commerce.
In this writer’s opinion had such attitudes about building a bridge been around a half-century ago, we’d still be taking ferries to the Upper Peninsula! Members are urged to vote no on Proposal 6.
Arnold Weinfeld is Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at 517-908-0304 or by e-mail.