Bulletins

Engineering

Electronic Information to Contractors

In cooperation with MITA, MDOT is planning a pilot project that will make electronic 3-dimensional construction data files available to contractors at the time of advertisement. The 2007 pilot project will be designed with a software program that will produce the electronic design files a contractor can import directly into
Legislative

Hours of Service Reforms Pass Senate, House!!

MITA Pushes To Make Changes Before New Year A MITA-led effort to reinstate a construction industry hours of service exemption for intrastate truck drivers is on it’s way to the governor. This week, the state Senate followed the lead of the House in passing legislation critical to the heavy construction
Legislative

Lame Duck – Truck Driver Hours, Personal Property Tax and Sewer Grants

MITA has been at the forefront of a flurry of activity on several key measures occurring before the end of 2006. Truck Driver Hours of Service Effort Being Pushed by MITA MITA has been working at a furious pace in recent weeks, leading the effort to get truck driver “hours
Legislative

MITA-Backed Candidates Win House, Senate Leadership

Continuing on the recent general election success where MITA-PAC earned an impressive 69-3 record in those races in which it was involved, MITA continued its streak by supporting all four winners in this week’s legislative leadership races. In leadership elections held this week, House Democrats elected Andy Dillon to become
Legislative

Michigan Dems Win Governor, House

MITA score card: 69-3 In a landslide fashion, Democrats scored significant gains in Michigan, retaining the governorship with almost 60 percent of the vote and seizing control of the state House for the first time in eight years. Republicans managed to sustain a slim majority in the state Senate, 21-17,
Legislative

$26 Million in State Water Quality Grants Awarded

The state announced that 67 communities have been approved to receive grants to assist with the completion of needed water quality improvement efforts. In 2005, MITA helped write and pass legislation creating a $40 million clean water grant program. The “S2” grants were designed to cover local government costs of
Legislative

Tuesday is Election Day – Remember to Vote!

Tuesday is a big day to help determine the direction of our state for the next four years. MITA has invested much time and resources to elect leaders who are committed to building and maintaining Michigan’s infrastructure. In addition to the governor, attorney general and secretary of state, all 148
Engineering

Pay Item Negotiations Successful!!!

MITA staff were recently successful in negotiations with MDOT leadership on a significant three-part pay item proposal. The three-part proposal presented by MITA and accepted by MDOT included the following elements: I. Increase the “Mobilization, Max” pay item from the current 5% (of the Engineers Estimate) to 10%. II. Remove
Legislative

Don’t be “Ghouled” by 5

In a seasonal twist to the anti K-16 commercials saying “don’t be fooled by 5”, opponents of the K-16 ballot proposal held a press conference on Halloween to warn voters the scary consequences of approving the Proposal 5 ballot question during next week’s general election. The Senate Fiscal Agency now
Legislative

Five Ballot Proposals to be Decided in November Election

The statewide ballot will contain five proposals that Michigan residents must decide on November 7. Several of them will affect the heavy construction industry in Michigan. Of greatest concern to our industry is Proposal 5–the K-16 initiative . A seemingly innocuous proposal to guarantee modest inflationary increases to education could have a
Engineering

Traffic Control Quality and Compliance

It has come to our attention that some owner agencies are not complying with the MDOT Special Provision for Traffic Control Quality and Compliance and have threatened to issue fines (negative contract price adjustment) if work is not completed in a 4 hour time period. There are two parts to
Legislative

Final Chance to Help MITA PAC This Election

With less than a month to go, MITA members must hurry if your contributions are going to have an influence on this year’s elections. The MITA PAC has identified a number of candidates and legislative leaders across the state who will support our industry while in office. We have an