Transportation group heads to Washington
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
A team of officials from groups with interests in road and infrastructure construction will head to Washington this week to lobby lawmakers.
Their main beef is with proposed cuts to road funds in the U.S. House. Keith Ledbetter, director of legislative affairs for the Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Assn., says under the plan funding will drop from $1 billion to $637 million.
"This significant cut only puts off expensive repairs for future generations to inherit -- which is bad for Michigan's economy and its citizens," Ledbetter said in a statement about the trip.
The group will also push members of Congress to renew the federal Clean Water Act. A MITA study this month showed almost 15 billion gallons of raw sewage have been dumped into waterways in Michigan so far this year.
Groups taking part in the 2011 MTT Washington Fly-In include The Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Assn., Michigan Chamber of Commerce, County Road Assn. of Michigan, Operating Engineers Local 324, MI Regional Council of Carpenters, Michigan Department of Transportation, Michigan Municipal League, Michigan Association of Counties, Lowe Construction, Wade Trim, Walter Toebe Construction, Edward C. Levy Co., Anlaan Corp., Goretski Construction, Bacco Construction, Hoffman Bros. Inc, Paradigm 2000 Inc., Barrett Paving Materials, Michigan Paving Materials and Public Affairs Associates.