WASHINGTON, D. C. -- U.S. Congressman Bart Stupak (D-Menominee) released the following statement concerning the remarks made by Republican candidate for governor, Rick Snyder, regarding the privatization of Michigan public assets, such as the Mackinac Bridge:
"The recent declaration by Rick Snyder that 'everything is on the table' when it comes to privatizing vital Michigan public assets, such as the sale of the Mackinac Bridge located in the 1st congressional district, is totally unacceptable."
"The Mackinac Bridge is a true symbol of Michigan, recognized throughout the world. It belongs to the people of Michigan. To attempt to sell the bridge to a private company would only lead to increased tolls on residents and tourists.
"Given Mr. Snyder's recent comments regarding the privatization of essential public services, who knows what other important Michigan resources Mr. Snyder would be willing to sell-off, perhaps our Great Lakes water?
"I have spent my entire career in public service protecting our Great Lakes and ensuring that this natural resource is owned, maintained, and protected by the people. The citizens of Michigan rely on the lakes for their livelihoods, recreation,
tourism, and drinking water. Great Lakes water is not for sale! I am concerned that Mr. Snyder would be open to the idea of auctioning off this precious resource to the highest bidder and taking away yet another vital resource that belongs to the people of Michigan."