Bridge Debate in Jackson Tuesday 6/28 7PM
Lt. Gov. Calley vs.Mickey Blashfield
The event, scheduled for Tuesday, June 28 at 7 p.m., will take place at Jackson High School's auditorium, 544 Wildwood Ave., Jackson 49201. Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, of Gov. Rick Snyder's administration, and Mickey Blashfield and/or Matthew Moroun, of the Ambassador Bridge Company, will attend to give both sides of the issue.
WKHM-Radio Program Director Marc Daly will host the meeting, and residents will be allowed to submit questions. Below, I have a list of questions that I would like to ask.
I will meet those who wish to ride with me in my white Chrysler mini-van at the Big Boy’s at US 23 and Plymouth Road at 6PM. Please let me know if you’d like to go with me and also if you would be willing to drive a group over.
1. The Morouns say they have made improvements since the lawsuit began with MDOT which should alleviate the grounds for the original suit, but MDOT is proceeding as if they haven’t. (The Morouns purchased a disputed bait shop that MDOT was saying had been isolated.) What are the facts?
2. Why is there a Granholm appointee at the head of MDOT? Why don’t we have a GOP business man there?
3. How will US customs proceed differently given that the NITC is foreign-owned as opposed to how they would proceed on the New Ambassador? Does NAFTA or GAT or the International Gateway Ports affect this?
4. On page 16 of SB 410, MDOT is allowed to hire “union consultants.” Isn’t that just graft waiting to happen?
5. Isn’t the fact that Canadian passage is slow at least partially because Canada isn’t opening as many custom gates as they have available to them?
6. Doesn’t the 2-mile-away custom station have to do with a Canadian request with which the Morouns complied with by agreement several years?
7. Isn’t it true that a freeway could be built on the Canadian side along the railroad line if the Canadians would just do it?
8. Is it true that the NITC is being built of top of salt mines, brine wells, and sink holes?
9. If the contractor goes broke, isn’t the Authority on the hook for any things not done, especially vis a vis “community benefits?”