Governor’s budget recommendations include $97 million for Underground Asset Management Programs

The MITA-led push for the new DEQ Stormwater, Asset Management and Wastewater (SAW) grants are beginning to see action, as nearly 600 communities throughout Michigan applied for the new grant money late last year.  The first round of grants are being awarded this spring, and Governor Snyder’s budget recommendation included $97 million to fund nearly […]

State Adds $350 Million in One-Time Money to Transportation Budget

The state’s revenue estimating conference concluded last week that there was an extra $483 million more than anticipated coming out of the current fiscal year.  Much debate on where to best utilize the extra revenues has occurred, and the three Republican leaders: (Governor Rick Snyder, House Speaker Jase Bolger and Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville) […]

Analysis of Obama’s FY 2011 Transportation Budget Proposal

The Obama Administration’s FY 2011 budget proposal is largely a stay the course plan—at least in the short-term—for the federal transportation programs.  The February 1 document includes basically status quo levels of investment for the federal highway, transit and aviation infrastructure programs.  This approach appears to be more a function of the fact that multi-year […]

February Legislative Update

2006-07 Budget Debate Begins Recently, Governor Jennifer Granholm introduced her 2006-07 Executive Budget Proposal, which included the MDOT Transportation Budget. This budget proposal includes an increase in the road and bridge program due to increased federal funding and a significant number of projects from the Jobs Today Initiative ($418 million in accelerated projects). The budget […]