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									NEWS RELEASE
WAYNE COUNTY COMMISSION                                         Contact: Tim Johnson
Office of Public Information                                    Phone: 313-224-8523
Release Date: June 27, 2012                                      Cellular: 313-737-3580


            Commissioner Basham Releases Formal Statement Supporting
                New International Trade Crossing Bridge Project

Detroit, MI — The Michigan Strategic Fund is meeting in Lansing to consider support of
the New International Trade Crossing (NITC) bridge project. The new bridge project is
drawing support from many community leaders, organizations and residents, including
Wayne County Commissioner Raymond E. Basham, who serves as Chairman of the
Wayne County Board of Commissioners’ Committee on Public Services, which oversees
road and transportation issues in Wayne County.

Commissioner Basham has sent a formal letter of support to Lansing outlining the
reasons for his support of the project. The following is a transcript of his letter, which he
is submitting for the record at today’s board meeting:


Dear Members of the Michigan Strategic Fund Board:

I have prepared the following statement to be submitted to your body, in my absence. I
sincerely apologize for being unable to attend your meeting this afternoon, as I am
attending Committee hearings in my role on the Wayne County Board of Commissioners.

I would like to submit to you today my full support for the New International Trade
Crossing (NITC). I would encourage the board to take all necessary steps within your
purview to assist and support this vital project.

I support the NITC:

Not just because of the $1.2 billion dollars per day that currently crosses an 82-year-old,
privately owned bridge.

Not just because hundreds of Labor and Business organizations across our state, our
region and our nation support the NITC.
Not just because Republican and Democratic Governors, including Milliken, Blanchard,
Engler, Granholm, and Snyder support this project.

Not just because Republican and Democratic leaders in our region, including Oakland
County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano, Detroit
Mayor Dave Bing, and Windsor Mayor Eddie Francis support this project.

Not just because of the 10,000 direct and 30,000 indirect jobs associated with
constructing this project.

Not just because seemingly everyday as I commute to and from Detroit, I see miles of
semi trucks backed up at our current crossing and think about the cost to businesses of
not being able to move their goods, the cost to the community of having idling trucks
alongside our neighborhoods, and the cost to our region of not moving forward with this
project.

Not just because I have been an advocate for this project during my legislative career,
including as the former Vice Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee and
current Chairman of the Wayne County Board of Commissioners’ Committee on Public
Services, which oversees road and transportation issues in Wayne County. In fact, the
Wayne County Commission has supported the NITC through passage of a resolution of
support.

The reason that I support this project is because it is good public policy. And, if you
move past the rhetoric, the politics, the special interest, and the misinformation clouding
this issue, you will realize that supporting the NITC is the right thing to do.

I appreciate your time and attention, and I thank you for accepting my testimony on this
vital issue.

Sincerely,
RAYMOND E. BASHAM
Wayne County Commissioner
15th District
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