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American Free Enterprise vs Wasteful Government Competition

  • Matty Moroun/Ambassador Bridge Co.  vs  Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder/Canada.
  • Second Bridge planned over Detroit River between Detroit and Windsor.
  • Moroun will spend $500 million to build Twin Bridge.
  • Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan supports Matty Moroun/Ambassador Bridge Co. plan for Detroit-Windsor Twin Bridge without foreign ownership and control.

DETROIT, MI., MAY 14, 2015-- -- Canada and Michigan Gov. Snyder have realistically lost their competitive bid to allow Canada to publicly finance, construct, operate and collect all toll revenues from their proposed Government Built Bridge over the Detroit River from Detroit to Windsor, according to Bill McMaster, State Chairman (Volunteer) Taxpayers United Michigan Foundation.
          On behalf of grassroot Michigan taxpayers, McMaster has followed developments for the proposed second international span over the Detroit River since former Gov. Jennifer Granholm(D) first alleged Michigan taxpayers could support, and State government could operate, a second Detroit – Windsor Bridge to attract more traffic than was being expeditiously served by the privately-owned Ambassador Bridge built in 1929.
          Most voters were surprised and disappointed when Granholm successor Gov. Rick Snyder(R) picked up were Granholm left off in promoting a Michigan Government Built Bridge. Michigan taxpayers were suffering the Great Recession and resented Snyder’s priority distractions encountered by bullying Matty Moroun out of the way with his original plan for a Twin Bridge to his existing Ambassador Bridge to be constructed and locally operated through proven American Free Enterprise.
          While the foreign government of Canada and Gov. Snyder engaged in a series of political announcements supporting their supposed progress through their international bureaucracies, Matty Moroun and his Ambassador Bridge Co. were completing plans for his privately-financed supplemental Twin Bridge to his Ambassador Bridge.
          Legislators and grassroot taxpayers were mostly unsuccessful in controlling Gov. Snyder’s arrogant campaigning in Michigan, the Obama Administration in Washington D.C. and Canadian governments in Windsor, Ontario and Ottawa, Canada where Snyder’s political agenda for his proposed “New International Trade Crossing” was negotiated and re-negotiated in secret to leave Michigan totally out of any financial benefit for a proposed Government Built Bridge.
          Michigan voters just last week rejected by 80% Gov. Snyder’s Proposal 1 which had the Government Built Bridge benefiting from taxes collected from grassroots Michigan taxpayers being distributed by the Michigan Department of Transportation for Snyder’s proposed Detroit-Windsor Bridge. Gov. Snyder reneged on his 2011 promise “Not to spend a single dime in public funds for a Michigan-Canada partnership for a proposed Detroit-Windsor Bridge”. Snyder has already diverted $50 million from current tax collections for clearing 243 homes, 43 businesses, and 7 non-profits for the now unlikely need for another southwest Detroit site for a US International Customs Plaza.
          Detroit entrepreneur Matty Moroun already owns and has been paying taxes on enough land on both the Detroit and Windsor sides to privately finance, build and profitably manage the supplemental Twin Bridge to his Ambassador Bridge.     

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Taxpayers United Michigan Foundation was founded in 1976 by Dick Headlee (deceased 2004) and Bill McMaster to successfully win statewide voter approval of the 1978 Headlee Tax Limitation Amendment. It has evolved into a tax deductible 501(c)(3) under the IRS code as a nonpartisan, nonprofit educational foundation helping educate grassroots taxpayers how to defend and control their Constitutional Rights despite exploitation by unethical public officials and units of government.

Bill McMaster is still President of national award winning McMaster Marketing & PR he founded in 1968.

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