Michigan GOP trying to bar spending on new Detroit-Windsor bridge
|Toronto Star 12 Jun 2019 at 20:44|
LANSING, MICH.—Republicans who control the Michigan House are proposing to prohibit the state from spending money on a new bridge between Windsor and Detroit, even though Canada has been fully reimbursing the state for its expenses.
The change involving the Gordie Howe International Bridge was made by a committee Wednesday and sent to the House.
Critics warn the move could halt work on the bridge, which Canada is paying for entirely. A Republican lawmaker who helped write the transportation budget denies work on the bridge would stop and says he just wants more transparency about spending.
Budget plans proposed by the Republican-led Senate and Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer would not include new restrictions against bridge work.
The Michigan Department of Transportation said the bridge is broadly supported across the state and it was confident lawmakers were aware of that.