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Trump Administration Readies Budget Cuts, Familiar Name on List

February 23rd, 2017 Comments off
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As the Trump Administration prepares its first budget, a familiar name is on the chopping block.

Legal Services Corporation, AmeriCorps, the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), parent of National Public Radio (NPR), are all in the crosshairs for cuts.

According to the New York Times, Representative Mick Mulvaney, a spending hard-liner, is now in place as budget director and his office is ready to move ahead with a list of nine programs to eliminate, in an effort to reorder the government and increase spending on defense and infrastructure.

The total amount of annual savings from cutting these programs would be in the neighborhood of $2.5 billion, which would be comparatively small. However, Trump administration officials have said that they want to highlight the agencies in their coming budget proposal as examples of misuse of taxpayer dollars.

A balanced budget is fine,” said President Trump in an interview with Fox News.

But sometimes you have to fuel the well in order to really get the economy goingI want a balanced budget eventually. But I want to have a strong military.

Some feel that the targets on the Trump Administration list don’t make sense.

Steve Bell, a former staff director of the Senate Budget Committee who is now with the Bipartisan Policy Center, said the programs identified in the memo would be of little significance in the government’s financial picture.

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It’s sad in a way because those programs aren’t causing the deficit,” said Bell.

These programs don’t amount to a hill of beans.

As Daily Business News readers are aware, the CPB and NPR not only receive government funding, but also solicit donations from viewers and listeners. NPR recently produced a segment that cited UMH properties in Nashville, Tennessee, which not only included misinformation, but was also picked up by the Tennessean, which in turn contradicted a recent story they did on UMH, which highlighted how pleased residents were with their communities.

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With huge deficits and mounting debt, should U.S. taxpayers be funding any media,” said MHProNews and MHLivingNews Publisher L.A. “Tony” Kovach, commenting on a recent op-ed on the topic, “other than video feeds from CSPAN or social media posts by agencies that allow citizens to follow their government’s actions?

LATonyKovach-Louisville-2015-mhpronews-com-275x156Kovach continued, speaking to “agenda journalism (as opposed to legitimate editorializing, which should be in a different part of publication) is the recent case of NPR’s attack on private investor owned manufactured home communities.

MHLivingNews.com and MHProNews.com dug into those issues, revealing facts that NPR simply ignored. When we contacted NPR for comments on clearly overlooked third-party information that ran counter to their narrative, their reply? That they stand by their reports, said Kovach.

Of the targets on the list, backers of the National Endowment for the Arts are very likely to put up a significant fight to survive.

The public wants to see agencies like the N.E.A. continue,” said Robert L. Lynch, head of Americans for the Arts, a nonprofit organization.

There is always a debate, but there has been agreement among Republicans and Democrats that funding for the arts is a good thing, and it has been kept in place.

But, Stephen Moore, a Heritage Foundation economist, says that “powerful constituencies” are behind many of the programs that are in the crosshairs.

Even so, he believes that since Republicans are now in control of the government, they need to make good the promise made to voters not only during the campaign, but over many years.

I think it’s an important endeavor to try to get rid of things that are unnecessary,said Moore.

The American public has a lot of contempt for how government is run in Washington, in no small part because there is so much waste.

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Town Turns Down Manufactured Housing

September 9th, 2013 Comments off

A petition to rezone a subdivision to allow manufactured homes to be sited in Lake Hamilton, Florida, just east of Lakeland was denied on second reading at the town council’s meeting Sept. 3, according to theledger.com. Lee Saunders wanted to put conventionally-built homes on five of the 3.5 acre lots, and two manufactured homes on each of the other two parcels, but the council rejected the proposal. Noting it’s affordable housing, Saunders said, “If you make $32,000 a year and need a 2,000-square-foot house, you don’t have a lot of options. People will buy what they can afford.” He added the town is facing a tough budget year, and that undeveloped the land only brings in $120 in property taxes because it is zoned agricultural, as MHProNews has learned.

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Manufactured Housing Poses Affordable Option in Nevada

August 6th, 2013 Comments off

The Elko County Association of Realtors Multiple Listing Service northeast Nevada reports the number of site-built homes has quadrupled in the last five years, and in the first half of this year the median price of homes hit $258,900. While interest rates have risen this year, they are still lower than 2012. Meanwhile, for those more budget conscious, the median price of a manufactured home is $165,000 says elkodaily.com. Gary Morfin of Century 21 says some lenders will not finance a manufactured home if it has already been moved, although just recently several lenders say they are considering changing that policy. Morfin informs MHProNews it costs $10,000-$15,000 to move a manufactured home onto a site, more expensive now that the Nevada Manufactured Housing Division began regulating these homes.

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School District wants Manufactured Housing for Teachers

June 12th, 2013 Comments off

According to mywesttexas, as housing tightens in Midland, Texas, teachers for the Midland Independent School District (MISD) are finding housing they can afford scarce. The school administration and trustees are exploring homesite possibilities for 50 manufactured homes it intends to acquire and then rent to teachers for $500 a month. Two separate sites are under consideration. All the homes will be 16 feet by 64 feet with either two or three bedrooms, and will be returned under a “buy-back” option to the seller. As MHProNews understands, the trustees have asked for a budget to document the costs of creating a temporary housing community.

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Shipping Containers to Modular Homes

May 20th, 2013 Comments off

Lanka Business Today reports the demand in Sri Lanka for shipping containers converted into modular homes has begun a trend causing one modular home builder to double production in order to meet demand. Dharshana Fernando, Managing Director of Hybrid Homes (pvt) Limited, says, “We have received considerable amount of orders from potential home owners and are currently in the process of manufacturing and delivering the first batch of Hybrid Home units. We have already taken steps to double our production capacity to meet the increased customer demand.” Hybrid offers customized homes from containers limited only by budget and imagination. They also offer standard models from the factory installed on your site, as well as containers for the DIY (do-it-yourself) crowd who wants to adapt them from scratch into homes. Useable ones start around $1,800 each. AsMHProNews knows, Sri Lanka is an island at the southern tip of India where the Bay of Bengal meets the Indian Ocean.

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Students Build Modular Home for Alumna

August 24th, 2012 Comments off

The Baltimore Sun tells MHProNews Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna partnered with Harford Technical High School in Bel Air to build a modular home for an alumna of the school to help her achieve the dream of homeownership. Work began on the home for Kimberly Johnson two years ago with students from freshmen to seniors in the construction trades program pitching in. Sponsored by Bank of America, the 966 square-foot home includes Energy Star appliances and lighting, low-flow plumbing fixtures, 100 percent recycled dry wall, and low-E windows. Michael Svesseze, trades and industry instructor at Harford, who supervises the construction, says the students must interview to be part of the project. “They have to learn those social skills, those project management skills, time management and budget skills, not just actual construction,” he says. One student wrote, “It taught me so much more than just building. It has also taught me about responsibility and ownership. I loved every moment working on it.”

(Photo credit: Habitat for Humanity/Baltimore Sun—Kimberly Johnson and daughters with new modular home)

Habitat Homes Develop Problems

August 21st, 2012 Comments off

WWLTV reports from Covington, Louisiana 24 modular homes built by Habitat for Humanity in 2007 following the housing crunch in the wake of Hurricane Katrina are developing electrical and lighting problems as well as rotting floors, steps, and doors. Jeff St. Romain of Habitat says $50,000 has been added to the organization’s budget to help with the problems, but is asking the homeowners to contribute $100 each because its program is a partnership. MHProNews has learned several of the homeowners do not think they should help pay for the repairs.

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Cordray’s Appointment Challenged in Court

February 6th, 2012 Comments off

HousingWire tells MHProNews.com that 39 Republican senators filed an amicus brief with the court challenging Pres. Obama’s recess appointment of Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Republicans believed Cordray was qualified for the job, but they wanted a five-member panel to run the agency, veto power, and congressional control of the budget. Recess appointments have been made in the past, but the legality of it has never been questioned. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga. said, “I am very concerned that, in making these recess appointments, the president has chosen to ignore the constitution and disregard longstanding rules and precedents.” Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I. said the appointment was justified because Congress had already approved the CFPB as part of the Dodd-Frank Act.

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Modulars Arrive for Habitat for Humanity

January 17th, 2012 Comments off

GreenValleyNews tells MHProNews 15 new modular homes courtesy of Habitat for Humanity have begun arriving in the greater Tuscon, Arizona, area, many still looking for owners. Applicants must be first-time buyers, and are chosen based on ability to pay, need, and willingness to invest 200 hours of sweat equity in their new home. The buyers must have a small deposit to put down on the three bedroom homes, and they receive an interest free 15-25 year loan. Their payments return to a revolving fund to build more homes. Habitat’s board of directors and staff supervise the Homeowner Selection Committee, comprised of community volunteers, one of whom lives with his two sons in a Habitat home. The homes are 50 percent completed by students at Sahuarita High School, just south of Tuscon, and then trucked to the site for installation. Buyers must complete home ownership and budget planning courses as part of the program.

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