Gov. Rick Snyder: “There is one party that’s a special interest that’s got a bridge that doesn’t want to see another bridge…They’ve spent close to $10 million calling me names and making up stuff.”

Auto caucus to tackle safety, energy issues

The Detroit News

By Melissa Burden

Acme, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder said Wednesday that a new national auto caucus of governors may first tackle issues concerning safety, developing a national energy policy and setting regulations for autonomous or self-driving vehicles.

Snyder, who addressed hundreds of people at the Center for Automotive Research’s annual Management Briefing Seminars and spoke at a luncheon before the CAR Automotive Communities Partnership, said the National Governors Auto Caucus will look to the auto industry to establish priorities. The aim of the caucus — founded by Snyder, and Govs. Jay Nixon, D-Mo.; Bill Haslam, R-Tenn.; and Pat Quinn, D-Ill. — is to support policies that boost the U.S. auto industry.

Snyder said he wants to bring insurance industry representatives to the table to develop regulations concerning the liabilities of autonomous or self-driving vehicles.

He also thanked members of the partnership for their support of the New International Trade Crossing. In June, Snyder and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper signed an agreement for the new bridge; Canada has agreed to pay Michigan’s $550 million portion of the span, and the money will be repaid to Canada through bridge tolls.

Snyder, earlier in the day, said there is no controversy surrounding the bridge’s funding.

“There is one party that’s a special interest that’s got a bridge that doesn’t want to see another bridge,” he said referring to the owners of the Ambassador Bridge. “They’ve spent close to $10 million calling me names and making up stuff.”

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