Moroun’s bridge ballot proposal bounced

Decision expected to be appealed

By Dalson Chen, The Windsor Star

Michigan media are reporting that a state board has denied Ambassador Bridge owner Matty Moroun’s ballot proposal on the Detroit-Windsor crossing.

The proposal would have put the issue of a new bridge before Michigan voters on a Nov. 6 ballot.

According to the Detroit Free Press, the four-member Michigan Board of State Canvassers met on Monday to decide whether to certify the proposal.

The board’s two Democrat members voted in favour of certification.

One of the board’s Republican members voted against certification, while the other Republican member was absent. He was attending the GOP convention in Florida.

Despite the 2-1 vote in favour of certification, the proposal still failed due to certification requiring bipartisan support.

The committee behind the proposal is entirely funded by Moroun and calls itself The People Should Decide.

According to MLive.com, it’s expected that The People Should Decide will challenge Monday’s result in court.

Monday’s developments represent a blow against Moroun and his efforts to block the Detroit River International Crossing project – a new Windsor-Detroit span downriver from the Ambassador Bridge.