In a post last week, Lt. Governor Brian Calley stated the NITC “won’t cost Michigan a thing.” It’s a phrase he frequently repeats as the governor’s “point man” on the bridge project.
But just four years ago, Calley was singing a different tune on the government bridge to Canada.
“…this type of bridge could really bust the budget.”
“If Michigan were to build a new bridge between Michigan and Canada, it would probably be the most expensive infrastructure project in our history.”
“The cost to Michigan of a new bridge of this magnitude could top $2 billion.”
In reality, $2 billion is a conservative estimate. Even the Canadian website lobbying for a government bridge, BuildtheDRICnow, places the total cost at more than $3.5 billion. Guess our lieutenant governor is no longer “just a regular guy that still thinks that billions of dollars is a lot of money.”