House & Senate Pass Prompt Pay Legislation


House & Senate Pass Prompt Pay Legislation


An additional $50 Million now available for state snow and ice contractors

The hard work of our Executive Board has paid off! On Thursday, October 30th both the House and Senate approved a supplemental budget requested by Governor Patrick which contained a resolution authorizing Mass Highway to spend in deficit up to $50 Million Dollars to solve timing discrepencies inherent in the process of paying state snow and ice contractors promptly throughout the winter season. This $50 Million is in addition to the $20 Million already in the snow and ice budget for fiscal year 2009.

“If not for the hard work of our Board of Directors, and the support of our membership this would never have become reality”, said Matthew Frazier, President of the MSICA.

Frazier and other Board Members recently testified before the Senate Committee on Post Audit and Oversite, and brought with them to the hearing some 900 contracts, unsigned, which had been sent out by Mass Highway to contractors this August. Contractors had refused to sign, protesting the lack of prompt payment.

 Association leaders and members worked very hard throughout the past year with Legislative Officials on Beacon Hill to make this Legislation a reality. We watched this issue go down in defeat as many as five times this year, weather it was attached to the FY ’09 Budget, Senate Amendments, or when it was attached to the Transportation Bond Bill.

The Governors Supplemental Budget, which also gives the Executive Branch new and expanded budget cutting authorities, was obviously the correct vehicle for it to be attached to.

Special thanks goes to:

Senator Marc R. Pacheco(D) Taunton, Senator Bruce Tarr(R) Gloucester, Rep. Jeffrey Perry(R) Sandwich,

Rep. Sarah Peake(D) Provincetown, Rep. Cleon Turner(D) Brewster, and Gov. Deval Patrick