The heavy construction industry is at a pivotal moment. Michigan is on the brink of losing $475 million in federal highway money because we aren’t investing the minimum state matching dollars. State legislators have also cut Michigan’s water and sewer spending to almost zero, relying solely on money from the federal government. MITA needs emerging leaders to stand up and be strong advocates for our industry.
Sign up to be a MITA Pavement Pounder today.
A Pavement Pounder is an individual who makes a commitment to MITA and the industry as a whole to donate his or her time to make routine contact with their state legislators. These efforts include: meeting with your state representative and/or senator to discuss pressing issues. These meetings can be as simple as attending a regularly scheduled coffee hour or as detailed as a prearranged meeting; being a part of and attending scheduled lobby days, where the collective voices of our members can be heard by our state representatives and/or senators; telephone calls to your state representative and/or senator; and, written and email correspondence regarding issues.
The time and effort our current Pavement Pounders have put in has helped us towards our goal of more infrastructure investment. The relationships our current Pavement Pounders have developed with their elected officials has been critical as we push for meaningful legislation for the industry.
While we are making strides, we cannot back away from these efforts. It is for that reason that we are again calling our members to become a Pavement Pounder. Each step you take as a Pavement Pounder is not alone. MITA has the staff and resources to assist you in the process, and has made this effort a top priority. You will receive regular emails alerting you to the most recent legislative developments in Washington and Lansing, which will help you to be on top of the pertinent issues as you work with your elected officials.
If you are ready to become a Pavement Pounder or have any questions, please contact Nicole Cook, Outreach Coordinator, at (517) 347-8336 or by email at email@example.com.