CEI Daily - Detroit River, General Motors, and Official Time

Detroit River


A new report from Conway MacKenzie estimates the proposed Detroit River International Crossing (DRIC) bridge would lose over $230 million annually.


Policy Analyst Marc Scribner explains what this means.


"Canada is the biggest loser in this arrangement, facing 69 percent of project costs, but Michigan and/or the United States will still be losing $1.15 billion over 20 years. What is most infuriating about this project is that the private Ambassador Bridge currently exists and the owners are willing to twin — or add another adjacent span — that bridge. The DRIC, in contrast, would be government-owned."



General Motors


Last year, CEI filed a FOIA request with the Treasury Department for all documents related to General Motors' deceptive 2010 advertising campaign. The documents have now been released.


Senior Counsel Hans Bader explains what CEI has learned from the documents.


"The federal government knew of deceptive advertising by General Motors well in advance, and tacitly approved of it.  Only later did federal officials distance themselves from those deceptive claims, after they drew criticism from an inspector general, Republican members of Congress, and even some journalists at liberal newspapers.  Not, however, before the Treasury Secretary himself had trumpeted GM’s deceptive claims, which the Treasury Department had plenty of time to review before GM made them."




Official Time


Labor Policy Counsel Vincent Vernuccio testified this week on "official time" in the federal workforce. Currently, under the "official time" rules, federal workers can essentially bill taxpayers for hours spent on union activities.


Read Vernuccio's testimony here. Also, see Policy Analyst Ivan Osorio's blog post on the subject here.