MDOT – Mandatory Electronic Funds Transfer

Public Act 533 of 2004 requires that payments for all State contracts for the purchase of goods or services be made by electronic funds transfer (ETF). MDOT, as PA Act 533 requires, will implement ETF for all contracts executed on or after October 1, 2005. Once a contractor/vendor registers and

MDOT to Post ” As – Submitted” Bid Letting Results

With the implementation of 100% electronic bidding, MDOT will now begin posting letting results immediately after the download of electronic bids is complete. The “As-Read” portion of MDOT’s Web site has been changed to read “As-Submitted”, to signify the receipt of the electronic bids rather than the bid amounts as

Legal – AG Declares County Road Commissions Without Legal Authority To Require Haul Route Permit Requirements

As many of our members know, we have been addressing the increasingly troubling situation involving the imposition and enforcement of haul route permit requirements by the various county road commissions. With the invaluable assistance of State Representative Dan Acciavatti and the input of MITA legal counsel, we have obtained the


2005-06 Transportation Budget Passes The 2005-2006 Transportation Budget recently passed out of both the Michigan House of Representatives and Senate. Although the versions of this legislation were slightly different, ultimately, the legislation puts forth a road and bridge program that is very similar to that of the 2004-2005 program. Increased

Legislative – New Report Highlights Ways to Increase Use of Sewer Funding

More money for municipalities to fund sewer projects is the ultimate goal of a report that was released June 7. The report, paid for by MITA, highlights ways to encourage local communities to use available low interest loans from the state revolving fund to upgrade their sewer systems. As you

Legislative – Transportation Bill Update

As far as Michigan is concerned, the Senate bill increases scope of the minimum guarantee level compared to that in current law as well as compared to the House passed bill, thus increasing MI’s rate-of-return to 92%. We view this as a victory, even though our goal was originally 95%,

Legislative – Senate Passes Transportation Reauthorization Bill

The Senate passed their transportation reauthorization bill yesterday by a vote of 89 – 11. This measure includes the additional funding added by Senators Grassley and Baucus. In total, approximately $11 billion in funding is added to the $284 provided by the House and Administration initiatives – totaling the Senate

Legislative – Voice Your Opinion

VOICE YOUR OPINION ON HIGHWAY ROBBERY In a recent Legislative bulletin MITA reported that the Michigan House of Representatives had passed a “reverse-supplemental” that would take $10 million from the State Transportation Budget and transfer it to the Michigan Department of State (Secretary of State). The article also discussed the

Legislative – Senate to Consider SAFETEA This Week

On Tuesday, May 10, 2005, with other business intermixed, the Senate returned to consideration of SAFETEA. It is certain that much of this week’s business will be tied up in discussions about the supplemental appropriations measure and judges. It is also becoming clearer that the Senate will complete their consideration

Legislative News

MITA Supports Efforts to Increase Use of Water Quality Bonds The Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association expressed its support May 3rd for efforts to increase the utilization of the Great Lakes Water Quality Bonds approved by voters in 2002. The proposal designated $1 billion to repair and replace municipal sewer

Legislative – Update

Granholm Announces Proposal to Boost Construction Jobs Details of a proposal to help boost the state’s employment picture, especially with construction jobs by speeding up construction and repair of roads, redeveloping of schools and nursing homes and boosting both environmental clean ups and downtown developments, were unveiled by Governor Granholm

Amendment To Operating Engineers Agreement – Underground Construction Only!

AMENDMENT TO OPERATING ENGINEERS AGREEMENT UNDERGROUND CONSTRUCTION ONLY! After years of deliberation, the Operating Engineers have agreed to amend the collective bargaining agreement for underground construction. The counties of Ingham, Jackson and Lenawee will be moved from Zone 1 to Zone 2 effective May 18, 2005.