LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Republicans who control the Michigan House are proposing to prohibit the state from spending money on a new bridge between Detroit and Canada, even though Canada has been fully reimbursing the state for its expenses.
The change was made by a committee Tuesday and sent to the full House.
Critics warn the move could halt work on the Gordie Howe International Bridge, which Canada is paying for entirely. A Republican lawmaker who helped write the transportation budget says Canada should pay Michigan for its expenses up front.
Budget plans proposed by the Republican-led Senate and Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer would not include new restrictions against state work on the bridge.
The Canadian-financed span over the Detroit River linking Windsor, Ontario, and Detroit is expected to open in 2024.