New Soo Lock money finally OK'd
After two decades of study and delays, the process of upgrading the Soo Locks is finally floating through Congress.
On Oct. 10 the U.S. Senate adopted a water infrastructure bill that lines up with a House version, which allocates $922 million for the creation of a new lock at Sault Ste. Marie. The new lock would twin the existing Poe Lock, which was constructed in 1968 and is the only lock on site capable of moving the 1,000-foot iron ore and bulk
The funding measure was expected to be signed by President Trump, who expressed interest in building the new lock after a visit to Michigan earlier this year and Republicans representatives Jack Bergman, Paul Mitchell and John Moolenaar told the president of the need for the upgrade. Construction is expected to take seven to 10 years.
“After a hard-fought effort, the Senate passed my bipartisan bill green-lighting the nearly $1 billion needed to modernize the Soo Locks. In Michigan, we know how vital the locks are to our economy and our national defense," said U.S. Sen. Debbie
There are four locks at the Soo. Earlier this year the Army Corps of Engineers completed a study that agreed with the necessity of building a new lock, which would be created by combining two of the smaller locks at the site.
UIA fraud lawsuit before Supremes
LANSING - The Michigan Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Oct. 10 in Bauserman vs. UIA, a case that will determine whether legal action can continue against the state in the wake of an estimated 44,000 people being wrongly accused of fraud and 186 people wrongly charged with Unemployment Insurance Agency fraud.
Flaws in the UIA's computer system, the Michigan Integrated Data Automated System (
The action in the Supreme Court follows a state Court of Appeals ruling last year that said plaintiffs who were harmed should have filed lawsuits within the required