Aug 26, 2008
Cropsey will continue his cross examination on behalf of rich GOP contributor
LANSING - Wednesday will see another episode of “Alan Cropsey, Attorney at Law.
The Senate Majority Floor Leader will continue his grilling of Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) officials and anyone else who interferes with Grosse Pointe billionaire and Republican benefactor Matty Moroun’s plan to build a second Ambassador Bridge and keep his monopoly intact. The Republican controlled Senate’s special ad hoc panel to look into the Detroit River International Crossing (DRIC) study that’s holding up the Transportation budget will hold its seconds hearing at 1 p.m. Wednesday in room 402 in the Capitol.
The DRIC study is a partnership between the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, Transport Canada, MDOT and the Ontario Ministry of Transport, and it concluded a public funded bridge should be built near Zug Island and the Del Ray area of Detroit and on the Canadian side in the Brighton Beach section in west-end Windsor.
The busiest international border in North America is owned by a private for-profit-company, and Cropsey has worked hard to ensure that continues, despite what an impartial study by the experts says.
Wednesday will see testimony from Transportation Director Kirk Steudle and representatives from the Detroit International Bridge Company. Cropsey has been like a bulldog prosecutor in grilling those who oppose Moroun’s monopoly, and it’s a pretty safe bet Steudle will get the same treatment. That will be in sharp contrast to the softball questions the bridge company lobbyists will receive from the ultra conservative Republican.