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2015 MAA Winter Meeting Approaching
Members of the Michigan Aggregates Association are invited to attend the MAA Winter Meeting on December 4, at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. The meeting will begin with a luncheon at Noon, followed by the meeting with an impressive slate of speakers. After the meeting, enjoy the cocktail reception and dinner with your fellow members! The Amway is holding a block of rooms for meeting attendees so make your reservations as soon as possible. Reservations can be made online or by phone at 800.253.3590. 

Meeting information and registration packet.

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Annual Refresher Safety Training

The Michigan Aggregates Association, together with AIS Construction Equipment, will be hosting Annual Refresher Training Courses at AIS locations throughout Michigan during January and February 2016. AIS Construction Equipment and Michigan Aggregates Association are dedicated to safely advancing and promoting the industry.

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Road Funding Bill Passed by both House and Senate

It has certainly been a long battle, but last night (Nov. 3) at 10:30 p.m. the House finally passed a Senate amended road funding proposal package that will generate $1.2 billion for the state’s roads and bridges by 2021.

At first count, there did not appear to be enough support to ensure the passage of the suite of bills. However, MAA was all hands on deck, along with other industry partners, to ensure the eventual passage of the bills.

While these bills differ from the original house versions, there are many similarities. An analysis of the final passed versions are as follows:

House Bill 4738 amends the Motor Fuel Tax Act to increase motor fuel taxes by increasing the tax on diesel motor fuel from 15 cents per gallon and the tax on gasoline motor fuel from 19 cents per gallon to a single rate of 26.3 cent per gallon on all motor fuel effective January 1, 2017. The bill will also annually adjust the tax rates for motor fuels based on consumer inflation (using the U.S. Consumer Price Index), with increases capped at 5% per year, effective January 1, 2022.

House Bill 4736 amends the Michigan Vehicle Code to increase vehicle registration tax rates. Rates for passenger cars, vans, light trucks, and large commercial trucks would all be increased by approximately 20% across the board, effective January 1, 2017. The current average registration tax for a passenger vehicle is approximately $100; this bill would increase that average by approximately $20. The bill would also create a new registration tax surcharge for electric-powered motor vehicles.

House Bill 4370 amends the Income Tax Act of 1967 to earmark a portion of income

tax revenue currently allocated as General Fund/General Purpose (GF/GP) revenue to the

Michigan Transportation Fund for distribution to state and local road agencies (bypassing

the Comprehensive Transportation Fund). The earmarks would be as follows:

· $150 million for FY 2018-19

· $325 million for FY 2019-20

· $600 million for FY 2020-21 and subsequent fiscal years

Senate Bill 414 amends the Income Tax Act of 1967 to create a mechanism that will automatically reduce the individual income tax rate if the increase from one year to the next in total General Fund/General Purpose (GF/GP) revenues exceeded inflation (as calculated using the U.S. Consumer Price Index). This determination would begin with tax year 2023 (based on final FY 2021-22 GF/GP revenue growth) and continue indefinitely on an annual basis.

House Bill 4614 amends the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Revenue Equalization


House Bill 4616 amends the Motor Carrier Fuel Tax Act to make complementary amendments to those in House Bill 4738.

House Bill 4737 amends Public Act 51 of 1951 to require the Department of

Transportation to form a Roads Innovation Task Force that would issue a report to the

Legislature by March 1, 2016 that would include, among other things, an evaluation of

road materials and construction methods that could allow the department to build high-

quality roads that last longer than those typically constructed by the department, with a

goal of roads lasting at least 50 years, higher quality roads, and reduced maintenance costs. The bill would also add a number of provisions related to road construction warranties and will effectively allow, with the approval of the director of the Department of Transportation, the City of Detroit to use up to 20% of its Michigan Transportation Fund distribution for public transit purposes.

A summary of the preliminary estimate of the road funding package fiscal impacts is available here.

It is anticipated that the Governor will sign the final bills.

Stay tuned for future updates as more details become available. If you have any questions, please contact Doug Needham at 517-896-6816 or dneedham@miagg.org or Mike Newman at 517-230-9822 or mnewman@miagg.org

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New President on Board

As of Nov. 2, Doug Needham has assumed his new role as MAA President and is now working at the MAA Office. Mike Newman has assumed the role of Senior Advisor and will be around until the end of the year. During that time, he will be working closely with Doug to ensure a smooth transition. 

With over 21 years of experience in the construction industry, Doug Needham has been appointed president of the Michigan Aggregate Association (MAA). He is succeeding Mike Newman who has successfully led the Association for over 20 years.

Needham, previously served as vice president of industry relations for the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association.

"After an extensive and thorough search, we are confident that the experience and passion that Doug brings to the industry makes him the ideal person to lead the Michigan Aggregate Association into the future.” said Rob Wilson, MAA chairman.

As an experienced professional engineer and recognized leader in the construction industry, Needham has led the development of various statewide initiatives and conferences that have benefited the construction industry of Michigan.

Needham holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Michigan Technological University (MTU). He began his career as an engineer at the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and is a licensed Professional Engineer.

MAA Hosts Tour for MDOT Employees
The MAA Specifications Committee recently hosted a tour for a group of MDOT executives. The tour was designed to help MDOT personnel better understand the aggregate industry. The group of 25 visited Edw. C. Levy Co. Plant #1 and #2, Great Lakes Aggregate and U.S. Silica. The group was also enjoyed lunch at Great Lakes Aggregate and was also treated to a blast after lunch.

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