Proposed Unemployment Insurance Changes Would Get Rid of Solvency Tax

A measure that would relieve Michigan businesses from paying the unemployment insurance “solvency tax” was passed unanimously in the House Thursday. According to analyses, the legislation would save businesses $35 million for interest owed by the state to the federal government for the advances on the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund. 

MITA Project Advertisement Website

If you have not heard about the MITA Ads website, it is designed to provide MITA members a convenient way to view the advertisements of non-MDOT let public and private projects. It is the common practice of Michigan’s heavy/highway industry to utilize MDOT’s website to find project advertisement and letting information for

Tax Liability on Construction Materials

This bulletin will serve as MITA’s annual reminder to our contractor members of the issue of tax liability on construction materials that are being incorporated in projects of tax-exempt owners. Contractors performing work for public agencies, churches and schools are often faced with this precarious issue. Many of these owners

FieldManager Contractor is now available!

FieldManager Contractor has all of the functionality of FieldManager Read-Only plus the ability to: Create discrepancy reports Create a daily progress discrepancy by item Establish the basis of a subcontract Easily calculate a subcontractor total dollar amount Import your Expedite Bid (*.ebs) file Track costs of personnel and equipment per

Federal Stimulus On Its Way to Michigan

Congressional approval of the federal stimulus package means money will soon flow to Michigan and with it, new jobs. President Obama is expected to sign the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 tomorrow. Final details are still emerging, but it appears that Michigan will be in line for about

MDOT Names New Chief Operations Officer

MDOT Director, Kirk Steudle, has announced that Greg Johnson, MDOT’s Metro Region Engineer, will replace Larry Tibbits as Chief Operations Officer. Greg joined MDOT in 1989 after working six years for the City of Battle Creek.  He worked in the Kalamazoo project office as a resident engineer for six years,

New Information Available Online

The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has prepared a list of key questions to help identify what departmental permits, licenses, or approvals of a permit-like nature may be needed for a project. By contacting the appropriate offices, you will help reduce the possibility that your project or activity will be

Fraudulent USDOT Faxes/Email Resurface

As we have advised you in the past to beware, recently several MITA members have received what appears to be official letters (and emails) from the USDOT requesting specific bank account information. Although they are very official looking on USDOT Procurement Office letterhead, we have confirmed with the USDOT’s Office

MITA Seeking a Handful of Political ‘Pavement Pounders’

As you know, MITA worked very hard last year in lame duck to pass legislation providing an additional $1.5 billion per year in transportation funding.   The transportation funding system is in the midst of collapse, and due to the election cycle, 2009 is probably our only chance in the next

U.S. House Passes Federal Stimulus Package

The U.S. House of Representative passed the federal stimulus package this week that would provide a $30 billion boost for roads and bridges across the nation and an added $8 billion in wastewater and drinking water projects. In addition, the stimulus package would provide: •    $1.5 billion for rural wastewater

Federal Stimulus Could Provide Much-Needed Economic Boost for Michigan

There have been many reports recently about a federal stimulus package that would invest heavily in infrastructure.  Details have been slow to emerge, but there is talk about as much as $1 billion of new highway money for Michigan this year, as well as several hundred million dollars for wastewater

Designing Pedestrian Facilities for Accessibility

On February 4, 2009, the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) is hosting a class developed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) that will explain how the guidelines and policies of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) are applied to the