Ohio House bill would urge Mich-Canada partnership

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The Ohio House is considering a proposal that would urge Michigan lawmakers to pass a bill allowing a public-private partnership with Canada to build a second bridge over the Detroit River.

The Blade of Toledo reports (http://bit.ly/GT03BD) the bill before a House committee is similar to one recently passed in the Ohio Senate.

Ohio state Rep. Terry Boose, a Norwalk Republican, sponsored the bill and says the motivation is jobs. He says more than 300,000 jobs are tied to exports with Canada.

The Michigan bill would create an entity to partner with Canada for the construction of the $2 billion bridge. It has stalled in committee.

A current proposal would have Canada fund the project and collect tolls to make up for Michigan's share.

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Information from: The Blade, http://www.toledoblade.com/