Several of us in Michigan’s A/E community have had the same problem – how to find the annual list of community college and university capital outlay priority projects. This list shows us what our clients and prospects have on their capital improvement “wish lists”.
The listed projects are not private information. They are lists of higher education projects the college or university wants funded through the State of Michigan Building Authority – our state tax dollars.
Some colleges and universities will freely share their 5-year plans and capital outlay priority requests. But call a certain well known University, for example, and you get the runaround. Someone hung up on us there when we called and asked for the information. We actually went to the legislature last year and met with Senators Scott and McManus. They were both very nice…
So, since its tough getting details from the public institutions themselves, here’s how to find the lists as they make their tortured way through the legislative and appropriations process:
- Go to www.senate.michigan.gov/sfa
- State Budget tab
- Capital Outlay link
- Scroll down to Other Budget Information to find the Universities and Community College links.
As far as we know there was no Capital Outlay bill in the 2011 FY budget. We can only hope that as tax revenues increase in the state of Michigan we will see a list of funded higher education capital outlay projects this time next year.
Please leave a comment on this post. Is there an interest in the A/E community to push the legislature to make these lists more transparent? Who will organize this effort?