Bulletins

Legislative

CRISIS AVERTED: $158 Million in Federal Road Money Likely Restored

The U.S. House Appropriations Committee announced today that the FY07 joint resolution will fund highways and transit at the SAFETEA-LU authorized levels, avoiding a potential $158 million cut for Michigan transportation spending. A budget bill pending in Congress this week would have frozen all increases in federal funding for this
Legislative

A Year in Review: 2006 MITA Legislative Accomplishments

Last year proved to be a busy and productive year for MITA’s legislative operations. From lobbying for increased infrastructure funding to regulatory reforms and tax relief, MITA is proud to tout a series of impressive accomplishments for 2006. A recap of last year’s legislative successes: • Supported the “Local Jobs
Legislative

Governor Signs MITA Hours of Service Reforms

A MITA-led effort to reinstate a construction industry hours of service exemption for intrastate truck drivers was signed by the governor December 30th and is already in effect. House Bill 6663, sponsored Rep Phil LaJoy (R-Canton Twp.), will create expanded hours of service opportunities for intrastate truck drivers. A previous
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