By Allison Rose, manager of member services and chapter relations, ARTBA 

Members and staff from the Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association (MITA) made their annual visit to the Nation’s Capital April 25-26 for individual meetings with their congressional delegation.  Prior to visiting the Hill, the group met at ARTBA’s headquarters building for briefings and discussion on current federal issues with President & CEO Pete Ruane and other ARTBA staff.

In meetings with members of Congress, MITA representatives asked them to “finish the job” and find a permanent source of additional revenue for the federal Highway Trust Fund.  They also raised awareness of several current regulatory initiatives that could increase costs and diminish safety practices on highway construction projects, including the new silica rule from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA).

ARTBA encourages all of its members and chapters to visit Washington, D.C., on a regular basis, including the association’s annual Federal Issues Program and the Transportation Construction Coalition Fly-in, which this year takes place May 9-11.  ARTBA welcomes members in D.C. any time of year to visit your national association’s offices, where we will provide customized information on your state and prepare you for your Hill office visits.  Please contact me at arose@artba.org to do so.