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Outsourcing and the U.S. Economy: Can Trump Muscle Save the Day?

May 3rd, 2017 Comments off
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India based IT services firm Infosys announced yesterday that they plan to hire 10,000 U.S. workers over the next two years and open up four additional technology centers, beginning in Indiana.

According to Newsmax, the move comes at a time when Infosys, along with fellow Indian companies Tata Consultancy Services and Wipro, are on the radar of the Trump Administration for displacing U.S. workers by bringing in cheaper foreign workers as a part of the H1-B Visa program, paying them less.

The Trump Administration has ordered federal agencies to review the program.

When you think about it from a U.S. point of view, obviously creating more American jobs and opportunities is a good thing,” said Infosys Chief Executive Vishal Sikka, who said the company plans to hire U.S. workers in fields such as artificial intelligence.

Sikka also says that Infosys has already hired 2,000 U.S. workers as part of a previous effort started in 2014.

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Vishal Sikka. Credit: Hindustan Times.

We started small at first and have been growing since then,” said Sikka.

The reality is, bringing in local talent and mixing that with the best of global talent in the times we are living in and the times we’re entering is the right thing to do. It is independent of the regulations and the visas.”

 

How Outsourcing Jobs Affects the Economy

According to a report from The Balance, the main negative effect of outsourcing is it increases U.S. unemployment.

The 14 million outsourced jobs are almost double the 7.5 million unemployed Americans. If all those jobs returned, it would be enough to also hire the 5.7 million who are working part-time but would prefer full-time positions.

The report also says that imposing laws or terms to restrict job outsourcing could make U.S. firms less competitive.

According to a study from Pew Research, major changes are reshaping U.S. workplaces as the economy moves deeper into the “knowledge-focused age.”

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These changes are affecting the very nature of jobs by rewarding social, communications and analytical skills. They are prodding many workers to think about lifetime commitments to retraining and upgrading their skills.

The study cites that the number of workers in occupations requiring average to above-average education, training and experience increased from 49 million in 1980 to 83 million in 2015, or by 68 percent.

This was more than double the 31 percent increase over the same period in employment, from 50 million to 65 million, in jobs requiring below-average education, training and experience.

 

Hope for Lost Jobs? President Trump in Action 

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President Trump is known for his no-nonsense, get things done style. Coming into the White House, he had no plans to change it.

I will be the greatest jobs producer God ever created,” said President Trump just before his inauguration. “Believe me.

By all appearances, he’s on his way to delivering on that statement.

In the ADP March private payrolls report, companies added 263,000 jobs for the month, which was well above the 185,000 expected from economists surveyed by Reuters, and also bested the 245,000 reported for February.

Even with a slight move down in April, surveys still show that confidence in the economy is strong.

Job growth is off to a strong start in 2017,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics at the time.

The gains are broad-based but most notable in the goods producing side of the economy including construction, manufacturing and mining.“

That has resonated with the small business community as well, as the January, February, and March reports reflect anticipation of President Trump’s policies, including the highest Small Business Optimism Index in 37 years from the NFIB.

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Juanita Duggan. Credit: NFIB.

We haven’t seen numbers like this in a long time,” said NFIB President and CEO Juanita Duggan in January.

Small business is ready for a breakout, and that can only mean very good things for the U.S. economy. Business owners are feeling better about taking risks and making investments.”

 

 

A View from the Industry

Even with the progress that’s been made, President Trump still faces an uphill battle.

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L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach is the publisher of MHProNews.com, MHLivingNews.com and MH Consultant.

As well as the markets and new job creation are already responding to his initiatives, where could we be if there wasn’t a non-stop assault on our new president?” said MHProNews and MHLivingNews Publisher L.A. “Tony” Kovach.

In November, Tim Williams told MHProNews that, “I am deeply encouraged that less than 24 hours into President Trump’s term, he has frozen new, potentially burdensome regulations.”  For his full comments, click here.

MHARR CEO, Mark Weiss, JD, shared similar thoughts with MHProNews in a story, linked here.

For more on the nations economic progress, including a recap of President Trump’s first 100 days, click here. ##

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Stopped Before They Can Start? MHC Develop Stalled

February 14th, 2017 Comments off
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The area for the proposed Safe Haven Mobile Home Park. Credit: Daily Iberian.

The Safe Haven Mobile Home Park in Iberia Parish, Louisiana, has a very interesting history.

But, unlike most communities, this one has accomplished that feat without even being built.

According to the Daily Iberian, before a permitting battle could begin, the Iberia Parish Council was eyeing its manufactured home community ordinance for an overhaul.

That battle has seen the current residents of the neighborhood, many of whom have manufactured homes already placed on their property, attending commission and council meetings, urging officials to stop the development of Safe Haven.

Questions about standards for communities, and whether or not one being allowed close to traditional single-family homes, even with existing industrial work yards bordering the property, were brought up numerous times.

The approval for the Safe Haven development was eventually denied, which led to a civil lawsuit that is still in the courts.

It also put a moratorium on creating manufactured home communities in Iberia Parish.

After a year, the process of creating a new ordinance setting standards for MH communities is still underway. But, last Thursday, there was finally some progress.

Members of the Iberia Parish Council presented a draft of the ordinance standards to the Iberia Zoning Commission for review.

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Councilman discuss the new draft ordinance. Credit: Daily Iberian.

There were two major points of contention for me,” Iberia Parish Planning and Zoning Director John R. Raines said. “First, we needed to decide what road standards would be put in place. Second, we needed to have a review process. What would we do if they weren’t in compliance?

The solution, accord to Raines, is in the draft ordinance.

It includes a requirement for annual inspections and, if the communities are not maintained, limiting the owner’s ability to draw new tenants.

If the park [sic] is not maintained, if they are in violation, then if someone moves a trailer [sic] out and someone wants to move in, we won’t connect power,” said Raines.

Now the mobile home park [sic] owner is losing revenue, so they will be incentivized to get their park [sic] in order.

Iberia Parish Councilman for District 7, Paul G. Landry, believed the concern is making sure the developments are kept to a standard that allows emergency personnel access when needed.

We have had some parks [sic] where ambulance, fire or police won’t go in because the roads are so bad,” said Landry.

If they are losing $300 a month, then maybe they will get them a little Kubota tractor and drag the gravel. It doesn’t take much.

Raines said that there are between 85 and 90 manufactured home communities in Iberia Parish, with about 1,500 slots available. Of those, only six are fully licensed at this time.

Roads were a big factor in developing the ordinance,” said Iberia Parish District 5 Councilman Warren Gachassin.

We finally decided that the first 75 feet leading into the development should be up to parish standards, so the gravel doesn’t spread onto the streets. We also had to determine how many trailers to allow before requiring a second entrance.”

But, some community owners, and zoning commission members are concerned that the new regulations might eliminate existing communities for lower income families.

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Jimmy and Peggy Allain. Credit: Daily Iberian.

The older, more dilapidated homes, how will this affect them?” said Zoning Commissioner Nate Mitchell. “They have a right to be here, just like the million-dollar homes.”

The only impact would be the annual review,said Raines. “They will be fine as long as they are neat and clean and maintain an adequate roadway. As long as it is kept so it can be used, they will be fine.

And, any new additions to existing developments would have to comply with the new standards.

My concern is for some of our poorer tenants,” said Jimmy Allain, a manufactured home community owner. “We want to make sure this won’t be a strain on them.

The intent of the ordinance is solely to better the parish,” said Councilman Gachassin.

We are not here to hurt any of the residents or the businesses.”

But Allain’s wife Peggy remains concerned with potential outcomes for those who do not have means.

I just want to make sure some of my poorer people will be taken care of,” said Peggy Allain.

When you talk about putting in skirting, some of our renters can’t afford rent. How can they afford skirting?” ##

 

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