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Registration for the Minnesota Asphalt Conference 2019 is Open

Posted By Sue Yoemans, Wednesday, October 2, 2019
MAPA & MAAPT
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Minnesota Asphalt Conference 2019

Presented by MAPA and MAAPT

For the first time ever, we are combining our conference with the Minnesota Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists (MAAPT). The MN Asphalt Conference 2019 will be on December 4th & 5th at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest. Register and join us for a day filled with educational sessions, breakouts, hospitality rooms, an awards luncheon and the Hall of Fame Awards Dinner. We will be returning to the traditional hospitality room schedule (afternoon).


Cost

Full Event (including Wednesday’s Leadership Dinner, Conference and Thursday’s Awards Dinner)

$300 Early Bird ends October 16th
MAPA & MAAPT Member : $350

$400 Early Bird ends October 16th
Non-Member : $450

Public Sector Price: $250 (PDF Registration Only)

Conference Only (December 5th)

$175 Early Bird ends October 16th
MAPA & MAAPT Members: $225

$200 Early Bird ends October 16th
Non-Member: $250

Public Sector: $175 (PDF Registration Only)

Awards Lunch Only: $50
Awards Dinner Only: $125

 

Lodging Information

Minneapolis Marriott Northwest
7025 Northland Drive North
Minneapolis MN 55428

Marriott reservations at (877) 303‑1681
Room block deadline: Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Room Rate: $124

Hotel Reservation Link

Parking- Free parking is available onsite at the hotel


Registration PDF



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6th Annual MAPA Golf Outing

Posted By Sue Yoemans, Thursday, May 30, 2019

Join Us for the 6th Annual MAPA Golf Outing

Monday, August 12, 2019
10:30 am - 7:00 pm

Bunker Hills Golf Club
12800 Bunker Prairie Rd NW
Coon Rapids, Minnesota 55448

We are ready FORE summer and another great golf event! Mark your calendar for August 12 and get your foursome together as you won’t want to miss this year. We’re back at Bunker Hills and registration for golfers and sponsors will be opening soon.

This will be a great networking opportunity for all participants. We are hoping for another great turnout and beautiful August weather. Proceeds will go to the MAPA Scholarship Fund and Academic Institution Donation Fund.

Register to Attend

Register to Sponsor

 

 

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Legislative Update - May

Posted By MAPA, Tuesday, May 28, 2019

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

MAPA STOPS CONCRETE INDUSTRY LEGISLATION

Earlier this session, the concrete industry introduced language that would change the pavements materials selection process. The proposal would require MnDOT to create a database that would direct pavement investment choices throughout the MnDOT districts. It would also require all MnDOT district materials choices to go through the materials office. We have reason to believe this will result in an advantage to the concrete industry.

Late last Friday afternoon, the House/Senate Transportation conference committee convened to discuss whether the proposal would move forward in a final bill or be dropped. Even though the House hadn’t heard or renewed the bill, they were open to accepting the language as MnDOT remained neutral.

At the last minutes MAPA lobbyists were able to secure the opportunity to testify in front of the committee, which is relatively rare in a conference committee. The testimony was compelling enough so that both House and Senate agreed to drop the language. MAPA strongly believe that is important for all stakeholders to have the opportunity to vet language that affects our business.

Please contact Abbey Bryduck with questions. 

FINAL SESSION DEAL – NO NEW MONEY FOR ROADS AND BRIDGES

The legislative session officially ended last Monday, and a deal was not reached for new transportation funding. Road and bridge investment will continue at current levels. There will be a special session to address budget issues that weren't addressed in time, and a bonding bill is still under discussion in which there may be some amount for local roads and bridges. It is unclear if there would be enough votes to pass such a bill, as a supermajority is required for bonding proposals.

However, this July, the second round of funding secured in the previous session from the general fund for roads and bridges will be dispersed. This will be in the amount of $210 million, or the equivalent of a ten cent gas tax increase. It is unlikely that this funding stream will continue moving forward.

WORK-ZONE SAFETY BILL PASSES LEGISLATURE, HEADS TO GOVERNOR’S DESK 

Both the House and Senate passed MAPA -backed Workzone legislation in the last two weeks. The bill had bipartisan support and will be presented to the Governor for his consideration soon. The bill would allow for road flaggers to call on law enforcement if a driver violates a flagger's directive. If the vehicle is located within four hours of the call, the driver can be cited and fined $300. The governor has three days to sign or veto the legislation. Industry has been working on this initiative since 2014, and we are glad to see it finally pass.

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Legislative Update - April

Posted By Administration, Thursday, April 25, 2019

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

WORKZONE SAFETY

  • The state-wide hands-free cell phone has passed both legislative bodies and has been signed into law by the Governor. It will go into effect August 1st, 2019.
  • The ability for workzone flaggers to call -in drivers to law enforcement who disobey directives has passed all committees in both the House and Senate and is awaiting floor action.
  • The language which would require a bid item for flaggers on a project has been dealt with outside of legislation. MAPA has negotiated some remedies with MnDOT to address this concern.

TRANSPORTATION FUNDING

  • The Governor has proposed a 20-cent gas tax increase with indexing, along with an increase in tab fees, motor vehicles sales tax, a metro sales tax for transit, and $2 billion in bonding over 8 years. It includes a “claw-back” of any transportation-related money from the general fund. Leaving the net increase in terms of gas tax to about 13 cents.
  • The Senate (GOP) has proposed a bill that does not include new revenue for transportation this year.
  • The House bill is similar to the Governor’s proposal, a notable difference is that its gas tax proposal includes indexing to the National Highway Construction Cost Index, rather than the Consumer Products Index, as encouraged by MAPA. This would more closely correlate the tax inflator to the cost of the construction materials.

What will happen? The negotiations around the transportation package will most likely be a part of global discussions and “trades” including federal tax conformity and the health care provider tax. There appears to be little support among the GOP for any transportation investments, let alone a gas tax increase. They may leverage this position for wins in other areas.

Governor Walz ran on a 10 cent gas tax increase and won handily. We are likely to see this happen  within his 4 year term, it may not be this year. 

FEDERAL

A few weeks ago, one of Minnesota’s freshman US Congressman, Representative Pete Stauber (MN-08) introduced legislation that would require states to conduct a Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) on infrastructure projects that use more than $30 million in federal funds. This legislation is backed by the concrete industry and is similar to the recent effort by former MN Congressman Jason Lewis.

While Minnesota is an LCCA state, it is a challenge to make sure inputs are accurate and take into consideration all costs associated with a piece of infrastructure.

MAPA will be meeting with Congressman Stauber in his Minnesota district office to voice concerns.

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