Snyder will trump Matty Moroun’s money

Snyder will trump Matty Moroun’s money

Lansing State Journal

Written by
Tom Watkins

Manuel “Matty” Moroun, the billionaire holding a monopoly on the existing Detroit to Windsor bridge crossing, is stealing Michigan jobs.

How? By continuing to try to poke a stick in the spokes of Gov. Rick Snyder’s efforts to build the New International Trade Crossing.

Michigan should be building a second bridge and putting people to work with a public-private new International Trade Crossing. It would benefit our economic future and makes all the sense in the world.

No, I do not mean the economic future of the Moroun family, owners of the existing Ambassador Bridge. I mean our collective future.

Canada is our largest trading partner. International trade creates thousands of jobs in Michigan and countless more across the United States.

Snyder has built the case to build another international bridge crossing — we want it in Michigan, not some other state.

There are three lessons to be learned by watching this ongoing battle between Moroun and common sense:

• Money is the mother’s milk of politics and Moroun and his family enterprise, the Detroit International Bridge Co., are spending it freely to maintain and expand his money-making bridge monopoly.

• Money buys votes in the political process. Moroun has been spreading the “mother’s milk” of politics around town for years. Let’s call it what it is: Matty Moroun’s Money (“3-M”) vs. the public good.

• There is no law to protect the public’s “truth in advertising” when it comes to political ads. The veracity, truth and accuracy of the anti-bridge campaign by the Moroun family have been questioned by many, including the Michigan Truth Squad (

The ads are more of a disinformation campaign.

Rather than shedding light on the debate, Maroun “invested” millions in TV media to deceive the public.

Now the “3-M” is attempting to gather signatures to put the question of building the bridge before the voters.

A new bridge has deep support from business, labor, Snyder and all living former governors, Republican and Democrat alike.