There is a famous old lawyer’s expression that " If a lawyer cannot rely upon the law, rely on the facts. If the lawyer cannot rely on the facts, the lawyer relies on the law. If the lawyer can rely on neither the facts nor the law, he just yells."
This expression has its own meaning when it comes to legislation. For years, the Bridge Company has successfully lobbied the Michigan legislature to stop the necessary development of an international crossing. Now, when it is foreseeable that the legislature will allow a bonded public bridge, a prerequisite to the economic Michigan development, the Bridge Company is seeking relief from the voters.
Hopefully, Michigan voters will be smarter on this than all these crazy votes on gambling casinos.
The Detroit International Bridge Co. said this afternoon it is undertaking a drive for a statewide referendum in November that would require Michigan voters to approve any new bridge or tunnel to Canada.
Matthew Moroun, vice chairman of the Detroit International Bridge Co. and owner with his father, Manuel (Matty) Moroun, of the Ambassador Bridge, said voters deserve to say whether the state should commit resources to a new bridge project.
"That’s a vote that we’d have to live with if we lost, and that’s a vote that (Snyder) would have to live with if he lost," Moroun said this afternoon.
The State Board of Canvassers will review the proposed language of the petition drive, and then backers would have to collect more than 300,000 signatures of registered voters to put the measure on the ballot.