Introduced by Sen. Mike Kowall (R) on September 20, 2012, to create a “Michigan Port Authority” empowered to borrow-and-spend for practically anything the political appointees on its governing board choose if they assert it would “enhance . . . transportation, economic development, housing, recreation, education, governmental operations, culture, or research.” The term “economic development” in this context refers to selective direct or indirect subsidies or benefits given to particular corporations or developers picked by the political appointees on the authority’s board. The bill is cosponsored by Republican Senators Casperson, Nofs, Colbeck and Green. Full Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Transportation Committee on September 20, 2012.