Tuesday, December 12, 2017


legislative update

Get the latest news from MUCA's Government Relations team

MN CGA Free Damage Prevention Meetings

Every year the MN Regional Common Ground Alliance offers FREE Damage Prevention Meetings to prepare your crews for the coming construction season and review best practices in Call Before You Dig.

These sessions are located across the state in the winter and early spring. To find one near you and reserve your spot, visit the MN CGA website here.

I’m a firm believer in saying ‘Merry Christmas’ during this time of year. It’s not offensive to wish someone to be well, happy and merry.

Similar to our Annual Meeting keynote speaker Mark Scharenbroich’s ‘Nice Bike’ message. Merry Christmas is simply two words that develop a connection, convey a warm greeting and show appreciation to another human being.

It is my warmest wish for all MUCA Members and their families to have a very Merry Christmas and a safe, happy and prosperous New Year!

– Stephanie

Winter Load Increase

Winter Load Increases will begin on unrestricted highways in the NORTH FROST ZONE at 12:01 AM on Thursday, December 14, 2017.

For more information, visit MnDOT’s Seasonal Load Limits website: www.mndot.gov.loadlimits


– Stephanie


MUCA Member Update

November Budget Forecast Projects Deficit

As I’m sure you’ve heard, the office of Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) released its forecast on Tuesday, Dec. 5. The MMB is projecting a budget deficit for fiscal year 2018-19 of $188 million for the upcoming biennium.

This deficit does not account for funding the legislature for two years. Once that bill is passed, our deficit will be $302 million.

Don’t panic, though. Gov. Dayton stated that the November forecast is mostly speculative as it doesn’t account for a federal tax bill that may be passed soon, nor does it account for any economic uncertainty in 2018. The governor said he would wait until the February Budget and Economic Forecast in late February or early March to release any supplemental budget proposals.

View MMB’s brief summary here.

2018 Construction Summit

January 9-10
Minneapolis Convention Center

MUCA will exhibit at this multi-day comprehensive construction industry conference, including education, networking and exhibiting opportunities. Please stop by and say hello!

More information: Click here

Membership Renewal Thanks!

Many thanks to Minnesota Utilities & Excavating, Kothrade Sewer, Water & Excavating, LaTour Construction, GM Contracting, Minger Construction Companies, Kusske Construction, Albrightson Excavating, Kaski Inc., Cobb Strecker Dunphy and Zimmermann, and Ziegler Cat for renewing your investment in your association for 2018!

*Contractor members who renew in December receive 1 Free Training Credit!

Your investment in your association helps us fulfill our mission of promoting the industry, providing educational opportunities for your crews, and lobbying to protect your business interests at the Capitol and in D.C. Support your Association by renewing today!

To join or renew, simply log in to the MUCA Membership page on the website. You’ll need your login and password. If you don’t know it, email or call (651) 735-3908.

2018 Training Opportunities!

Five-Minute Foreman – our first run of this workshop was very well received last year. This program provides concrete lessons for field leader improvement. It makes an immediate impact on field operations, and teaches your leaders what to do and say to get better results from their crews and on their projects.

Class is limited to 70 people. To learn more and register, click here.

NEW! Diversity & Inclusion Success in Construction – learn how to make a difference! How do you build trust with those who do not have similar backgrounds? What strategies can be employed to ensure positive workplace connections, establish relationships and intentionally create a more inclusive environment?

BrainSkills@Work will share content based on neuroscience findings, including valuable techniques and tools for creating a more inclusive environment.

*This is a great opportunity to improve your Good Faith Efforts by ensuring your crew leaders are learning new skills in this area!

Register here. Class is limited to 70 people.

Mark Your Calendars!

Don't forget these upcoming events!

  • Erosion Control Site Management Certification – Register here
  • Five-Minute Foreman Leader Workshop – Register here
  • NEW: Diversity & Inclusion Success in Construction – Register here
  • Pipelayers Certification Training — Register for the Online Pipe Layers Certification course — available 365 days, 24/7

Stephanie Menning, Executive Director
Phone: 651-735-3908 | Fax: 651-290-2266 | Email: info@muca.org