Republican lead Ohio State Senate endorses NITC Bridge

RESOLUTION

To support the construction of the New International Trade Crossing between the United States and Canada.

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE STATE OF OHIO:

WHEREAS, Canada is the largest foreign trade partner for the United States and the largest export destination for 35 states; and

WHEREAS, Canada is Ohio’s top export market; and

WHEREAS, Ohio’s bilateral trade with Canada for the year 2010 was $30.9 billion; and

WHEREAS, An estimated 301,100 jobs in Ohio are supported by United States-Canada trade; and

WHEREAS, Canadians made more than 544,100 visits to Ohio during 2010, spending more than $137 million; and

WHEREAS, The current bridge between Detroit and Windsor is 83 years old and carries one-forth of all United States-Canada trade, consisting of 20,000 vehicles and approximately $350 million in value daily; and

WHEREAS, Eight million jobs in the United States depend on United States-Canada trade, and therefore 2 million Americans rely for their livelihood on that 83-year old bridge between Detroit and Windsor; and

WHEREAS, Plans are underway to build an additional international border crossing system over the Detroit River, known as the New International Trade Crossing, consisting of a six-lane bridge with three lanes bound for the United States and three lanes bound for Canada, connected to new United States and Canadian inspection plazas; and

WHEREAS, The New International Trade Crossing will have an enormous economic impact on the U.S. economy, creating 10,000 construction jobs and more than 25,000 indirect jobs during the construction period in the United States; and

WHEREAS, The State of Michigan and Transport Canada are pursuing a public-private partnership to finance and deliver the New International Trade Crossing; and

WHEREAS, The partnership will be in the form of a long-term concession agreement that will seek to maximize private sector participation and financing by allowing for public ownership of the bridge and private financing, construction, operation, and maintenance of the bridge while protecting the public interest; and

WHEREAS, The State of Michigan needs legislative authority to enter into the public-private partnership and to enter into an agreement with Canada to build the New International Trade Crossing; and

WHEREAS, A modern border crossing that can support the ever-increasing amount of trade and travel between the United States and Canada is essential to the economies of Ohio, the Midwest, and the United States; now therefore be it

RESOLVED, That members of the Ohio Senate o hereby fully support the New International Trade Crossing project and any legislation that will allow for its construction and creation of a public-private partnership to finance and deliver the new border crossing; and be it further

RESOLVED, That members of the Ohio Senate encourage initiatives that bring investments in communities hosting the New International Trade Crossing project and the entire multistate region, including job creation, environmental improvement, increased trade, and other benefits that improve the quality of life of residents; and be it further

RESOLVED, That members of the Ohio Senate recognize that the New International Trade Crossing will have an immeasurable economic impact on the State of Ohio and will lay foundation for future productivity, growth, and economic stability of local economies within Ohio; and be it further

RESOLVED, That the Clerk of the Senate transmit duly authenticated copies of this resolution to the President of the Michigan Senate, the Minority Leader of the Michigan Senate, the Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives, the Minority Leader of the Michigan House of Representatives, the Governor of Michigan, and the Consul General of Canada in Detroit, Michigan.

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