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Michigan Supreme Court Rejects Latest Challenge In Gordie Howe International Bridge Construction

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The Michigan Supreme Court rejected the latest challenge of construction of the Gordie Howe International Bridge between Detroit and Canada.

On Friday, the court said it won’t appeal a June 2020 decision which ruled in favor of the state.

Companies ran by the Moroun Family, who owns the Ambassador Bridge, had sued over the land that would create space for the bridge.

They say state lawmakers have barred the transportation department from spending tax dollars on the project.

However, the Appeals Court says Canada reimburses the state, so no tax dollars are being spent.

According to the Associated Press, Supreme Court Justice David Viviano stated that it’s “at least a close question” on whether or not the state can spend any money, even if it gets reimbursed.

“This is yet another missed opportunity to address a contention that executive agencies and officials have acted outside the bounds of their prescribed authority. This is no small matter,” said Supreme Court Justice Viviano.

The bridge named after famed Detroit Red Wings hockey player Gordie Howe is expected to open over the Detroit river in 2024.