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Markets Closed for Memorial Day

May 29th, 2017 Comments off

Arlington Nation Cemetery in Washington, D.C. Credit: Wikipedia.

The U.S. Stock Markets are closed today, in deference to the Memorial Day holiday. Normally known in the U.S. as the “gateway to summer,” Memorial Day is a significant homage to those who have made sacrifices.

Per Wikipedia, Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces.

The holiday is currently observed every year on the last Monday of May. It marks the unofficial start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its unofficial end.

Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.

Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day; Memorial Day recalls the men and women who died while serving our country, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans.

Following President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination in April 1865, commemorations were ubiquitous. The sheer number of soldiers of both sides who died in the Civil War (more than 600,000) meant that burial and memorialization took on new cultural significance. Under the leadership of women during the war, an increasingly formal practice of decorating graves had taken shape.

In 1865, the federal government began creating national military cemeteries for the Union war dead.

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Is it Judgment Day for the CFPB?

May 24th, 2017 Comments off
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Today is a big day in the history of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), as it heads to an appeals court in a case brought by PHH Corp.

That case could completely reshape the organization.

As Daily Business News readers are already aware, critics of the CFPB point to leadership structure, data collection and so-called “trophy wins” as issues that need to be addressed. A D.C. Circuit Court ruled that the CFPB was unconstitutional, in the legal action brought by PHH.

The court ruled that the CFPB’s structure was constitutionally flawed and that its director should be removable at the will of the president.

In advance of today’s hearing, the House Financial Services Committee, led by Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) debated the future of the Financial CHOICE Act during a hearing on April 26th.

Originally introduced by Hensarling in 2016, the CHOICE Act included a proposal to replace the CFPB with a five-member bipartisan commission that would be subject to congressional oversight and appropriations.

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Jeb Hensarling. Credit: House.gov

The Financial CHOICE Act re-establishes this rogue agency as a civil enforcement agency, patterned after the Federal Trade Commission. One that is responsible for actually enforcing the enumerated consumer protection laws written by Congress, instead of making up its own law in an unfair, deceptive, and abusive manner,” said Hensarling.

True consumer protection is only to be had in competitive, transparent and innovative markets which are vigorously policed for fraud and deception. That’s what the Financial CHOICE Act is all about.”

And, both experts and other politicians had their say on the matter at the hearing.

The CFPB is an unaccountable federal agency, as exemplified in the case PHH Corp., et al. v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau,” said Norbert Michel, senior research fellow, Financial Regulations and Monetary Policy Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity at The Heritage Foundation.

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The PHH incident is a clear-cut case of an unaccountable federal agency flouting the basic principles of the rule of law. Private firms—financial or otherwise—cannot safely operate in such an environment without the expectation of being wrongly persecuted by the government that is supposed to protect all of its citizens from such actions.”

Congress can do even better by consolidating the various consumer financial protection statutes under one existing federal agency, such as the [Federal Trade Commission.]

Another Texas Republican was more to the point.

The CFPB is one of the most unacceptable and unaccountable agencies in the United States,” said Rep. Roger Williams. “This is what Dodd-Frank gave us and that is why it is so important to fix this disastrous law.”

 

A View From the Other Side…

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Senator Sherrod Brown. Official photo.

Recent motions filed by U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), argued that Congress wanted a single director for the agency, because lawmakers who drafted the Dodd-Frank Act, which established the CFPB,understood that the nation needed a regulator that could respond quickly and effectively to new threats to consumers … and it knew that the CFPB’s effectiveness could be hampered by the delay and gridlock to which commissions are susceptible.”

Sixteen state attorney generals and the District of Columbia also filed a motion, defending the CFPB in its current incarnation.

As the representatives of millions of citizens across the country, the state attorneys general have used their express statutory authority to bring civil actions to enforce consumer financial protection laws and to pursue regulatory actions in coordination with the CFPB to protect consumers against unfair, deceptive and abusive financial practices,” the motion said.

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Representative Maxine Waters. Credit: Wikipedia

The current ruling, if permitted to stand, will undermine the power of the state attorneys general to effectively protect consumers against abuse in the consumer finance industry.” 

 

Could MHI Have Killed the CFPB? Another Opportunity Missed?

As we reported here, prior to the close of filings, MHProNews asked the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) if they would be filing an amicus brief in the closely followed PHH vs. CFPB case.

Several operations and organizations have been among those who filed an amicus brief in the case. Was MHI among those organizations?

MHProNews sources say no, and MHI won’t comment.

Why?

Frank Rolfe.

The folks at MHI – the industry lobby group – are nice people, but what’s with the concept of silence is golden? Negative articles on the industry are met with ‘no comment.’ Positive news opportunities are met with ‘no comment.’ I’ve never seen anything like it,” says Frank Rolfe.

When you refuse to talkit looks to the public like an admission of guilt, and when you refuse to promote your product it looks like you are embarrassed by it.”

Silence, according to Rolfe, isn’t golden.

The appearance, per Rolfe, is that someone – in this case, MHI – is hiding something.

 

The View From the MH Industry

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A tweet from Senator Bob Sasse.

While the CFPB had the support of the Obama Administration, the Trump Administration has had the organization in its crosshairs since the election.

Those in the industry have not been shy about their feelings on the matter.

The information on this case also has indirect ramifications for the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), and others in the industry, as the Preserving Access bill is being floated, which would modify portions of Dodd-Frank.

For more on what the Preserving Access bill means for the industry, check out the latest article on The Masthead.

 

The Daily Business News will continue to follow the hearing and provide updates.

For more on the CFPB’s impact on the manufactured housing industry, click here. ##

 

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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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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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Residents Win the Day: “We Are the Landlord”

May 1st, 2017 Comments off
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South of Boston in Kingston, Massachusetts, residents of the Town & Country Estates had a busy day last week.

They bought their community.

According to Wicked Kingston, the residents, with help from (ROC USA) and its affiliate Cooperative Development Institute (CDI), residents of the community were able to realize a dream 10 years in the making, as members of the board for the Town & Country Mobile Home Estates Tenants Association finally signed the papers.

We don’t have to look for a landlord, we are the landlord, so that being a co-op and a nonprofit we’re not out to make any money so the only rent that we’re going to be charging ourselves is that which is enough to sustain the place,” said association President Joe Mauriello.

Mauriello says it was resident Joe Bruno that made the purchase possible, as he initially heard about ROC USA and CDI, the part of ROC USA that helped the association get organized, and contacted CDI’s Andy Danforth. ROC USA has been working with them for the last three years, he said, including the last year of actively working on the purchase.

Without ROC or CDI, we would not be owning this park [sic] today,” said Mauriello.

As Daily Business News readers are aware, ROC USA recently helped residents of the Kayadeross Acres Manufactured Home Cooperative in Ballston Spa, New York, to purchase their community, with papers being signed last Christmas. That story is linked here.

An offer to purchase the community from the previous owner provided Town & Country Estates residents the opening they needed to buy the property for $6.2 million. While there will be an increase in rents, residents say that the stability factor is huge.

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At a celebration, two cakes were decorated with the words “We own it!” and a sign that reads “Hooray! Tis the day, to ourselves we now will pay. Congrats family!”

For more on ROC USA, including a recent study on rent rates, click here. ##

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