Today’s Detroit Free Press features and editorial from Michigan House Transportation Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Opsommer (R-Dewitt), explaining why he supports a YES vote on Proposal 6.
Here are a few key excerpts:
As chairman of the State House Transportation Committee, I’ve been on the frontlines of the debate surrounding the proposed New International Trade Crossing. My extensive study of the issue leads me to believe there are far too many unanswered questions to say with any certainty this project would not put Michigan taxpayers at risk.
Gov. Snyder has promised the NITC would bring jobs, enhancing industry in our state. But as a Canadian Crossing Authority will control the bridge’s design and construction, and the governor has requested a waiver from federal requirements mandating only U.S.-produced iron and steel be used, there is uncertainty as to whether the project would bring tangible benefits to Michigan.
These questions are far from trivial, despite the governor’s efforts to brush them off with simple assurances — disputed by legal experts — that the crossing agreement is “ironclad.” In light of this, I believe the people of Michigan should have a say in the decision to indebt ourselves to a foreign power, potentially for decades.
Proposal 6 this November will afford taxpayers the opportunity to examine the facts, ask these tough questions, and make the choice for themselves.
Read the full piece here.