Congress Considers Infrastructure Investment in 2nd Stimulus Package The U.S. Congress will be considering a second stimulus package after the November election. Unlike the previous package, policymakers are considering a major investment in infrastructure to help stimulate the nation’s struggling economy. MITA members are encouraged to contact their elected congressional
Today MITA is releasing a list of over 100 upcoming state revolving fund underground projects. The 2008/2009 Project Priority List comes from the Department of Environmental Quality and forecasts expected work for the next year. To see the most recent State Revolving Fund Project list click here . You can see a
Official Ballot Proposal Language Proposal 1 A LEGISLATIVE INITIATIVE TO PERMIT THE USE AND CULTIVATION OF MARIJUANA FOR SPECIFIED MEDICAL CONDITIONSThe proposed law would: Permit physician approved use of marijuana by registered patients with debilitating medical conditions including cancer, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, hepatitis C, MS and other conditions as may
At ceremonies conducted on October 16, 2008, two longtime MITA members, the late Joseph Dunigan Sr., and James Klett were awarded the “Distinguished Constructor Award” and inducted into the Michigan Construction Hall of Fame.
At a recent State Transportation Commission meeting MDOT leadership announced they would invest $1.27 billion in their 2009 Highway Program. This investment level represents roughly a 10% reduction from their $1.38 billion 2008 Highway Program investment. In breaking down that $1.27 billion investment, MDOT is currently projecting that approximately $625
Senate and Republican legislators voted Wednesday to end the deadlock over the 2009 transportation budget, one week before the beginning of the fiscal year. The legislative agreement broke a logjam and averted a departmental shutdown and closure of MDOT construction projects around the state. The stalemate revolved around the Detroit
MITA has been working diligently in recent weeks to prepare state legislators for a mound of work when they return from the fall elections. Because of plummeting state gas tax revenues and the resulting loss of federal matching funds, MITA has been pushing policymakers for immediate action on a transportation
As we have advised you in the past to beware, recently several MITA members have received what appears to be official letters from the USDOT requesting specific bank account information. Although the fax letters are very official looking on USDOT Procurement Office letterhead, we have confirmed with the USDOT’s Office
The Senate approved legislation yesterday to transfer $8 billion to restore solvency to the federal Highway Trust Fund. U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters had announced that federal-aid payments to the states would be withheld because of a shortage of funds. Current projections show that the federal Highway Trust Fund
As an advocate for safer work zones, MITA helped craft and introduce legislation cutting down on the number of construction zone signs and also giving flaggers legal authority to override a traffic control device. The bills were passed out of Senate Committee this week, thanks to testimony delivered by Mike
MITA was involved in a dispute with the Detroit Area Carpenters relative to the assignment of work on mechanically stabilized earth wall construction (MSE wall). It was the position of the Carpenters that such work fall within their jurisdiction and should therefore be assigned to Carpenters, rather than Laborers. The
The 2008 Wage Rates for Underground Construction, effective the first full payroll period on or after September 1, 2008 have been posted to the MITA website. Click here for 2008 Wage Rates. If you have any questions and/or concerns, please call the MITA office at (517) 347-8336.