Money Arrives as Final Storm of the Season Hits the Baystate

Posted on Mar 28, 2014

We have heard numerous reports from all around the state that long overdue money has been pouring in!  If you have not yet received your check, you should receive it by next week. The good news doesn’t stop there.  When Secretary of State William Galvin signed the legislation allowing the deficit spending for FY2014, the new law […]

The Check is in the Mail! Secretary of State William Galvin Steps Up for Snow Fighters

Posted on Mar 18, 2014

Late yesterday, in the absence of Governor Patrick, and given the fact that the Commonwealth does not currently have a Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, William Galvin, stepped up and signed the supplemental budget legislation that was finally enacted by the State Senate. The budget, now law, authorizes the DOT to IMMEDIATELY pay up to $50M […]

Correction: Governor Patrick Does Not Have the Bill Yet

Posted on Mar 13, 2014

Yesterday we posted that Bill #3903 was waiting for Governor Patrick’s signature, and we need to correct that. On Wednesday, March 12, the House voted favorably to affirm the Committee’s report and send it to the Governor.  The Senate met on Thursday, March 13 and they too voted in favor to affirm the Committee’s report; however, they have NOT voted […]

Breaking: Joint Conference Committee Reports Supplemental Budget Favorably

Posted on Mar 12, 2014

Update:  Just after 8:00 PM last night, MSICA President Matthew Frazier received some very welcome news from State Rep. David Vieira, (R), Falmouth.  Representative Vieira was  pleased to inform us that the Joint Legislative Conference Committee, which was appointed last week, issued its report on the Governors supplemental funding request.  The funding request includes $50 million in deficit […]

The Perennial Predicament of “Hurry Up and Wait” Could End with Newly Crafted Legislation

Posted on Mar 11, 2014

While we “hurry up and wait” for supplemental funding to pay snow plow contractors serving MADOT, your Board of Directors have been diligent in their efforts to permanently solve this perennial problem.  Each year there is a lack of funding and we inevitably must wait for supplemental budget approval.  By the time the Bill makes […]

Committee of Conference appointed; Get your phone out now!

Posted on Mar 08, 2014

The Bill we are following has been re-numbered again.  It is now #3903, and a joint committee of conference has been appointed.  The language that concerns snow & ice contractors can be found in Section 29 and reads as follows:   SECTION 29. (a) Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the Massachusetts Department […]