The following is a response from the Coalition Supporting the New International Trade Crossing (NITC) to Governor’s Snyder’s call for moving forward with the NITC in his address on Transportation and Infrastructure:
“The Governor is right. The purpose of rebuilding our infrastructure is to create and support Michigan jobs. There is no other proposed project in this state that will create 10,000 construction jobs in the short run and then support the 250,000 Michigan workers whose jobs count on vibrant international trade with Canada. We need to put Michigan to work and we need to build a new bridge with a freeway to freeway connection to get out products to market. The manufacturing, agriculture, retail business and labor communities stand with the Governor in asking the legislature to get this project done.”
The Coalition Supporting the New International Trade Crossing is a coalition of more than 150 businesses, business organizations, agri-businesses, community leaders and labor unions supporting the Governor’s plan to build the NITC using private funds and funding from the Canadian Government at no cost to Michigan Taxpayers. The Coalition includes Ford, GM, Chrysler, Honda, Toyota and the organizations representing the auto suppliers. It also includes: our largest out-state manufactures like Steelcase, Wolverine Worldwide and Dow, 17 local chambers of commerce and the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, all the living past Governors and agri-businesses like Kelloggs, the Michigan Milk Producers and the Michigan Farm Bureau.