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Legislative

Legislative Update: Gas Tax, MBT and Federal Road Dollars

If you think high gas prices have meant the end to MITA’s transportation funding initiative, think again. For the last four days articles and editorials supporting the need for more transportation funding have appeared in newspapers and television stations across the state. The renewed support was kicked off with a
Legislative

Construction Lien Law Changes Signed by Governor

Amidst the flurry of activity around the passage of the new Michigan Business Tax, legislation was quietly signed into law on June 28, 2007 that would amend the state’s construction lien law. (An analysis to Senate Bill 487 can be downloaded by clicking here.)  New notification requirements passed in 2006 were
Legislative

New MBT Adopted by House and Senate – MITA Lobbying a Major Success

After weeks of intense wrangling with state policymakers on a proposed Michigan Business Tax (MBT), the Legislature adopted a new plan last night that included critical contractor deductions fought for by MITA. Two weeks ago, the House, Senate and Governor announced the framework for a business tax agreement that would
Legislative

MITA MBT Proposed Changes

There have been numerous discussions regarding the dramatic tax increases that would be placed on contractors by the new Michigan Business Tax (MBT). However, a number of key legislative leaders have expressed their willingness to “fix the contractor problem”. Unfortunately, as currently written, the issues still remain unresolved and thus,
Legislative

Legislature Unveils MBT Details – Heavy Construction Industry Still Hit Hard with New Tax Increases

Today the Legislature finally released details of the proposed new Michigan Business Tax (MBT). MITA has been working non-stop since the framework of the proposal became public less than two weeks ago. It became apparent that contractors would face dramatic new tax increases as a result of the gross receipts
Legislative

MITA Action Brings Delay and Changes to MBT Legislation

The following is a news story about the proposed Michigan Business Tax published June 21 by Gongwer News, a legislative news service in Lansing.  Quick action this week by MITA helped bring problems with the proposed Michigan Business Tax to the forefront. A concern that contractors raised about the structure
Legislative

Gas Tax Update

Gas prices reached $3.70 a gallon just before Memorial Day and legislators have been at a virtual standstill for months because of an impasse on the state budget. Many people have asked where this leaves the transportation funding effort. Lobbying to Secure Major Increase in Transportation Investment To date, a
Legislative

URGENT MBT UPDATE: ACTION REQUIRED

MITA has posted several bulletins in recent weeks on the proposed Michigan Business Tax plan. According to analyses done by a number of members, the current plan would be a dramatic tax increase on those in the heavy construction industry. MITA has gone to the media to underscore the disastrous
Legislative

ACTION REQUIRED: Heavy Construction Industry Could Face Major Tax Increase if MBT Proposal Adopted

As details begin to emerge on the business tax compromise plan embraced by legislative leaders and the governor last week, companies in the heavy construction industry could face as much as a 400-percent tax increase over their current liability. MITA staff have been working feverishly to get changes made to
Legislative

Deal Reached on the New Michigan Business Tax Plan — DETAILS TO FOLLOW

The governor and legislative leaders announced at a press conference last night that they have come to an agreement on the framework of a new business tax plan. Details are still emerging, but two-thirds of the new Michigan Business Tax (MBT) would be a modified gross receipts tax or “margins
Engineering

Reminder – Reporting of Annual Employment Report Form

Per MDOT’s BOHIM 2006-11 “Revisions to the Weekly Employment Report, Form 1199”, contractors and subcontractors must submit the report annually when work is performed during the last full week of July. This form may be submitted electronically and must be sent to MDOT’s Business Development Division. Click here for further details. If you
Engineering

MDOT Implements New Type D Light Technology

Effective with the July 6, 2007 letting, MDOT will implement a new specification on all their projects that requires lights on plastic drums be Type D, 360-degree warning lights. This change in the warning light requirement is the result of an ongoing cooperative effort between MITA and MDOT to improve