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Waste! Fraud! Abuse! Its Impact on Business

April 18th, 2017 Comments off

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As part two on our series on federal taxation, the Daily Business News spotlights today what private and federal research reveals to be hundreds of billions of dollars in waste, fraud and abuse. The Trump Administration has made tax reform a hallmark of their agenda, and President Donald J. Trump pledged to cut the waste and inefficiency of government.

Reforming spending and taxations, along with regulatory reform, are among the factors that caused so many manufactured home professionals to vote for the nation’s new president.

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW)

With the national debt at a hefty $19.3 trillion and estimated by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to grow another $534 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2016, which runs through Oct. 2017, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) suggests 618 recommendations that would save taxpayers $644.1 billion in the first year and $2.6 trillion over five years. CAGW says it has helped save taxpayers $1.4 trillion since 1984 when it began.

As an example, Prime Cuts, CAGW’s house organ, proposes eliminating the Market Access Program (MAP), which aims to help agricultural producers promote U. S. products overseas, but is in fact a corporate welfare program that sends millions of dollars to profitable, large corporations and trade associations that can afford their own promotional efforts. This would save $1 billion over five years.

Prime Cuts goes after just about every department of government, attacking many programs that been considered sacrosanct for years. Eliminating the Rural Utilities Service, which originally provided electrification to rural areas and now expanded to provide broadband to those areas would save $9.6 billion in one year, $48.1 billion over five years; since FY 2002, members of Congress have added six earmarks for high energy cost grants totaling $113.5 million.

The sugar subsidy adds $1.5 billion to the budget annually, and additionally costs consumers of baked goods ”$3.5 billion more each year in artificially inflated prices for commodities that use sugar, including baked goods, beverages, candy, cereal, dairy products, snack foods, and hundreds of other products.” The program needs to be replaced with a market-oriented system.

Similarly, the U. S. dairy price supports add $1.1 billion annually to the budget, and eliminating the peanut subsidy would save taxpayers $275 million over five years.

The Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (HMEP), named for U. S. Senator Ernest ‘Fritz’ Hollings was designed to increase the efficiency and profitability of American manufacturing firms, but amounts to corporate welfare for advisors and consultants. Potential savings if halted: $715 million in five years.

The Department of Defense has multiple contracts spread over numerous congressional districts, but representatives cry “national security” and the programs continue. One example is the M1 Abrams tank retrofit program. “In 2011, Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno told Congress that the Army had a sufficient number of tanks; the Pentagon proposed suspending production until 2017, saving $3 billion.” Earmarks to the budget have increased continually, adding jobs for constituents, including a $40 million project in FY 2016. Since FY 1994, there have been 39 earmarks for the M1 Abrams program, requested by at least 13 members of Congress, costing taxpayers $948.6 million.

The Southeastern Power Administration, which consists of 23 hydroelectric projects in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, southern Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia, and the Tennessee Valley Authority’s electric power assets could be sold and privatized, saving $2.3 billion over five years. Fears of huge rate increases to consumers are unfounded.

Reducing the fraud and waste in the Medicare system would save taxpayers $21.7 billion over five years. Congress has fortunately enacted the Recovery Audit Contractor program which has recovered $11.3 billion for the Medicare Trust Fund since it began doing audits in 2005. RAC has an average accuracy rate of 96 percent.

As the average life expectancy has increased. raising the Normal Retirement age for Social Security beneficiaries would save $119.9 billion over the next ten years. Raising the eligibility age for Medicare recipients by two months every year until it reaches the age of 67 would reduce Medicare costs by ten percent by 2035, saving taxpayers $124.8 billion over the next ten years.

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Eliminating Community Development Block Grants in the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) would produce a $15 billion savings over ten years. Intended for infrastructure investments, housing rehabilitation, job creation, and public services in metropolitan cities and urban counties, the program has fallen short on both accountability and results.

For the entire CAGW report on savings in the Department of the Interior with its vast swaths of land that could be leased, the Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services which has failed to meet its goal of reducing crime and has become an overlay of hundreds of million of dollars in waste and fraud, and the Davis-Bacon Act which requires employees of federally-contracted projects to be paid a prevailing wage, click here.

Meanwhile, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has similarly produced a report documenting 92 actions that could be taken by Congress or the executive branch to reduce waste and improve efficiency in 37 areas covering a wide range of governmental functions.

The Internal Revenue Service has referral programs to award individuals who help uncover tax noncompliance by others in its attempt to reduce the $385 billion taxes that go uncollected. This information referral process, which covers under reporting of income, false tax claims, failure to file a return and failure to withhold and pay taxes resulted in 87,000 referrals in 2015 and $209 million in tax assessments.

In Medicaid services, the GAO uncovered federally facilitated exchanges that allowed for duplicate coverage. One state reported duplicate coverage for 3,500 people from January to July 2014.

In 2014, the Departments of Defense (DOD), Energy (DOE), and Commerce (Commerce) collectively had signed agreements to establish 11 manufacturing innovation institutes involving partnerships with private nonfederal entities, but a review determined that agencies that could benefit the program, such as the Department of Labor, were not included in the projects.

For the full report, click here.  For our prior report on Tax Facts, Business and You, click here. ##

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MHARR: President Trump’s Regulatory Orders to Directly Impact MH

February 3rd, 2017 Comments off
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Washington, D.C., – The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) tells MHProNews that regulatory orders issued by the new Administration of President Donald J. Trump should have a direct impact on manufactured homes regulated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), but face defiance, particularly at HUD, from entrenched regulators and revenue-driven contractors.

Soon after the November 8, 2016 national election, MHARR became the first and only national manufactured housing industry organization to publicly call for the deferral of any action on three pending regulations affecting manufactured housing. The regulations were based on a November 15, 2016 memorandum sent by the leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives to all Executive Branch federal agencies, warning any agency against finalizing pending rules or regulations in the [Obama] Administration’s last days.”

MHARR called on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) to defer action on a HUD “Interpretive Bulletin” (IB) regarding manufactured home foundations and DOE manufactured housing energy standards that would needlessly and discriminatorily exclude millions from the manufactured housing market. It also included any final FHFA “Duty to Serve Underserved Markets” (DTS) implementation rule that did not include the full securitization and secondary market support of manufactured housing personal property chattel loans by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

While the DOE has taken no further action on its manufactured housing energy rule, both the FHFA and HUD have taken defiant positions against a regulatory moratorium on these manufactured housing issues.

The Trump Administration put a regulatory freeze on all federal regulations on January 20th. 

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The Trump Administration has made it absolutely clear that one of its key priorities will be to reduce baseless regulatory burdens on American businesses that needlessly increase the cost of American products and undermine job creation,” said MHARR President and CEO M. Mark Weiss.

This new perspective offers the industry and consumers the long-overdue opportunity that they have needed to demand new leadership at HUD, in full compliance with the 2000 reform law, and complete consumer financing parity at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Hopefully all segments of the industry will recognize this and join forces to pursue this sorely-needed relief.

The full MHARR statement is available for Daily Business News readers here. ##

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MHARR Calls for Congressional Review, Rejection of DOE Rule

January 10th, 2017 Comments off
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Washington, D.C – The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR), tells MHProNews that it has now formally called on Congress to review and reject the panned final regulation adopted by DOE under the Congressional Review Act (CRA).

In a January 6, 2017 communication to the Chairmen of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee, MHARR – citing extensive independent evidence, urged Congress to exercise its authority under the CRA to prevent any final DOE manufactured housing energy rule from taking effect.

Such a vote by Congress, would under the express terms of CRA, bar the DOE from reissuing the rule “in substantially the same form,” or issuing a new rule “that is substantially the same” as the rejected rule, “unless the reissued or new rule is specifically authorized by a law enacted after the date of the joint congressional resolution disapproving the original rule.

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MHARR president and CEO M. Mark Weiss. Credit: MHProNews. For an in-depth interview with Mark Weiss, click here.

MHARR says that this prohibition, in light of changes in the composition of Congress and the election of a new president in November 2016, could well end the threat of destructive and debilitating DOE manufactured housing energy regulation for an indefinite period.

The association represents the interests of independent HUD Code producers, among others.

MHARR says that congressional rejection of a final DOE manufactured housing “energy” rule would fulfill President-Elect Trump’s pledge to “eliminate” wasteful and unnecessary federal regulations “which kill jobs and do not improve public safety  It would also put teeth behind Congress’ November 15, 2016 warning to all federal agencies to refrain from “finalizing pending rules or regulations in the [Obama] Administration’s last days.

In that warning memorandum, the congressional leadership promised to scrutinize any such midnight rules and if appropriate, overturn them, pursuant to the Congressional Review Act.

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For the full statement from MHARR, click here.

For the full MHARR Congressional review request, click here. ##

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SBA, George Washington University, Blast Proposed DOE Energy Rule for Manufactured Housing

September 26th, 2016 Comments off
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It does not appear that DOE grasps the unique challenges that small manufacturers encounter.”

— U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of Advocacy

A controversial proposal by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for manufactured housing has drawn support as well as growing opposition.

An arm of the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) and a policy analyst at George Washington University have weighed in on the DOE proposal. Both organizations are expressing concerns that mirror and amplify those advanced by the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR).

The Digital Journal is one of several hundred news and special interest sites that have carried word of how proposed energy efficiency standards could harm manufactured housing producers, businesses and consumers.

Reasoned Opposition Grows

Written comments to the DOE by both the SBA and George Washington University’s regulatory research program echo the vigorous objections of MHARR, which has led the opposition to the proposed rule.

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Comments filed on August 16th from the SBA’s Office of Advocacy note the DOE proposal does not comply with federal requirements than an agency quantify or describe the economic impact that its proposed regulation might have on small businesses.”

A separate public comment letter submitted the same day from Sofie E. Miller, a senior policy analyst at George Washington University’s Regulatory Studies Center, note that the DOE’s calculations overestimate the benefits of its proposed rule in several key respects.

Miller particularly notes the adverse impact on prospective low-income purchasers.

“…mandatory, across-the-board increases in efficiency will price many low-income consumers
out of the market for manufactured homes entirely.”

— The George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center

As MHProNews has previously reported, MHARR has been highly critical of the proposal.

Highlighting serious – and in MHARR’s view, “fatal” defects in the rule and the rulemaking process – which the Washington-based association says has been troubled by leaks, discrepancies and a lack of transparency.

The MH industry organization has called the DOE’s cost-benefit analysis a sham,” they say is driven by special interests.

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The George Washington University (GWU) analysis, stated the Digital Journal, “citing MHARR materials published in the industry trade journal, MHProNews – echoes serious concerns over anti-competitive effects resulting from the DOE proposal.

Executive Order, Third Party Research

MHARR says that of particular interest is an Executive Order issued by the President on April 15, 2016, in which the Center calls on DOE to pay particular attention to the prospective effects of its proposed rule on competition within the MH market.” 

According to recommendations from the GWU Center, “The DOE should commit to retrospectively reviewing its standard to ensure there is no conflict or overlap with existing HUD regulations and to evaluate the rule’s effects on competition within the MH market and the availability of affordable housing.”

In its comments, the SBA’s Office of Advocacy also focused on the proposal’s adverse impacts on competition, noting that the rule would have significantly disproportionate economic impacts on small manufactured home manufacturers if finalized.”

The comments called on DOE to adopt a regulatory alternative to the proposed standard that will minimize the economic impact to small manufacturers.”

MHARR commended these highly respected, independent organizations for filing comments on the proposed MH energy rule.

The cost-benefit analysis for the rule is skewed to the point of being arbitrary at best and deceitful at worst.”

— Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR)

There are rumors that the Daily Business News is aware of that suggest that if the DOE continues on its proposed course of action without correction, “other legal measures” may be taken beyond written and verbal protest.

For the complete MHARR briefing on this issue, including the reports cited above, click here. ##

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Sunday Morning Recap-Manufactured Housing Industry News Aug. 14-Aug. 21, 2016

August 21st, 2016 Comments off

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Financial Services Committee says Dodd-Frank is damaging. YES! Communities redistributes assets. Private enterprise ready to supply modular buildings to flooded LA. MHI, MHARR spar with DOE, as MHI takes on Section 8 Vouchers. Claims in wake of flooding in LA rise to 70,000. $15 mandated minimum wage would cost 9 million jobs. Canadian city mixes manufactured and site-built homes. FEMA’s manufactured housing units likely going to Louisiana. Entry level housing may be coming back. Clinton and Trump’s economic, tax policies divergent. Georgia town halts siting of MH. Southwest Louisiana city nixes MHC plan. Pray’s Homes in Maine has new owner. Mandate requires MHC owners give 90 days pre-closing notice. And much, much more in news, views, and information from across the globe you may peruse regarding off-site home and building construction.

Saturday, Aug. 20

MHI, MHARR, Leaked documents and DOE proposal, plus MHI on New Section 8 Vouchers

Friday, Aug. 19

Financial Services Committee Slams Dodd-Frank as Damaging

Private Enterprise Responds to Assisting Louisiana Flood Victims

Skyline Leads Manufactured Housing Sector Amidst MHCV and Broader Market Tumble

Hedge Fund Investors Bustling over Equity LifeStyle Properties

Manufactured Home Community Bordering Google Transforming into Tech Town

70,000 Claims for Assistance Filed Following Louisiana Flooding

Thursday, Aug.18

$15 Hour Minimum Wage would Cost Nine Million Jobs Nationally

New Manufactured Home Retailer Opening in Kentucky

Drew, Manufactured Housing CompValue and Dow rises – Is Fed Easing to Infinity?

Inventory of Entry-level Homes may finally be Rising

Canadian City Allows Manufactured Homes in Area Zoned Single-family Residential

Insiders Busy Trading Patrick Industries as it Joins S&P SmallCap 600

Wednesday, Aug. 17

FEMA’s Manufactured Home Units Likely Heading to Louisiana

Home Sales Take a Tumble in California

REITs beat S&P 500 with Promising Forecast for the Year

Northern Georgia Town Votes Moratorium on New Manufactured Home Sitings

Calcasieu Parish Planning Committee Nixes MH Community Development

Clinton v Trump – Presidential Nominees and their Tax, Economic Strategies

Tuesday, Aug. 16

San Jose CA set to Vote on Modular Homes for the Homeless

Home Construction Continues its Slow but Steady Incline

Residents of Oregon Manufactured Home Community Consider Long-term Leases

Manufactured Homes can be as Modern as Traditional Houses, says Realtor on FoxNews

Pray’s Manufactured Homes in Maine has New Owner

Mon. Aug. 15

Stock Exchange Winners and Losers under a Clinton Presidency

Logan’s Crossing Manufactured Home Community Announces Annual Scholarships

Skyline Up, Manufactured Housing CompValue (MHCV) Mirrors Dow

Eight Modular Homes for Low-income Families Rising in Illinois

Manufactured Home Community Owner YES! Redistributes Assets

Ordinance Mandates Community Owners Give Nine Months Notice Before Closing

Sunday Morning Recap-Manufactured Housing Industry News Aug 7-Aug.14, 2016 ##

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MHI, MHARR, Leaked documents and DOE proposal, plus MHI on New Section 8 Vouchers

August 20th, 2016 Comments off
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In response to the July 17 proposed rule on “Energy Conservation Standards for Manufactured Housing from the Department of Energy (DOE), the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) sent a letter expressing concerns that the new rule would raise the price of manufactured homes. MHI also suggested the DOE “establish a clear compliance regimen, where such standards would be integrated into the HUD Code, before any rule is finalized,” urging the agency to not finalize the rule until all these issues are addressed. MHI says over 750 letters were received by the DOE.

In a July 26, 2016 Daily Business News story, MHProNews posted the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform’s (MHARR) vociferous argument against the Dept. of Energy’s proposed rule, suggesting that MHI, HUD and the DOE were colluding on the new rule.

A third party that asked not to be identified provided MHProNews with two ‘leaked’ documents – linked here and here – that included the following statement,  “This was an attempt to round up the support for DOE to supplant HUD as the governing standard for manufactured housing regulations.  This will have large ramifications for the manufacturers should it be passed.  You guys may already know all of this, but in case you didn’t.”  The ”you guys” reference means, MHProNews.

MHARR has opposed this proposal for years. MHI’s record on this issue at first looked to be an embrace of the new rule, undercutting MHARR’s stance. But MHI’s recent stance seems to indicate – at least publicly – a move to back away from it entirely.  Most in the industry oppose moving the manufactured housing program from HUD to any other federal department, but according to the source, some are working to accomplish such a move.

Editorially, MHProNews has opposed the DOE rule because it will drive up costs, locking more potential home buyers out of the market; and because consumers can already option in more energy saving features.

HUD and the Voucher Rule

Meanwhile, HUD is trying to determine the best methods to encourage Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) holders to move to areas with higher opportunity and lower poverty through its new rule, “Establishing a More Effective Fair Market Rent” in the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program.

HCV is designed to help very low income families afford decent safe housing in the private market, and it can be used by manufactured homeowners for land leases in communities. However, while apartment renters can use their vouchers wherever the best opportunities exist, manufactured homeowners cannot simply use the vouchers to up and move, because it costs $2,500 to $8,000 to move an MH.

In its comment letter to HUD, MHI stresses the importance of exempting manufactured homeowners from the new revisions. ##

Editor’s Note: for additional insights and commentary on this issue, please click here.

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Sunday Morning Recap-Manufactured Housing Industry News July 24-July 31, 2016

July 31st, 2016 Comments off

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FEMA moving manufactured homes into four W. VA. Counties. CFPB proposes clarification of Know Before You Owe. Patrick’s revenues rise 35%. Sun’s stock projected to rise 67%. Robot lays brick at super human speed. Desire for homeownership remains strong. MHARR awaits formaldehyde rules. MH industry grows despite negative image. MH Community owner sued by Penn. attorney general. Homeless in IN town get Tiny Homes. Maine manufactured home community growing. Commodore acquires manufactured home builder in Wis. MHARR smells collusion in DOE proposal. Modular container homes going to First Nation peoples in Canada. Lender offering one percent down on home purchase. Sun drawing institutional investors. Habitat for Humanity, air base, team to replace caregiver’s manufactured home. Plus, news and views for yhou to peruse as you make your MH-related industry decisions.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

CFPB Tries to Clarify Know Before You Owe, but Lenders Still See Glitch

Friday, July 29

Patrick’s Sales Rise 35% in Q2; NOI Increases 37%

FEMA Moving Manufactured Homes into two Additional West Virginia Counties

NeighborWorks Achieving Excellence Program Teaches Leadership

Carlyle Group Leads Gainers; MHCV Slips to 1380.4

Sun Communities Stock hits New High, but Projected Higher

Robotic Bricklayer Lays 225 Bricks/Hour. On Tap: 1000 Bricks/Hour

Thursday, July 28

MHARR Braces for EPA’s New Formaldehyde Ruling

Desire for Home Ownership Remains Strong

NorthStar Tops MH-related Gainers; UFPI Slips -0.99 Percent

Singapore Building Four Blocks of Modular Housing

While Negative Perceptions of MH Persist, the Industry Grows says Seeking Alpha

Pending Home Sales Index Inches Up in June

Wednesday, July 27

Pennsylvania MH Community Owner Sued for not Paying Relocation Costs

Tiny Homes Arrive in Muncie, IN to House Homeless

Planning Commission Approves Siting of Two Manufactured Homes

Patrick Industries Moves Up; Nobility and Carlyle fell the Most

Maine Manufactured Home Community Expanding

Site-built Home Sales Looking Good. Can it Continue?

Tuesday, July 26

Commodore Corporation Acquires Canadian American Homes of Wis.

Resident: Site Manufactured Homes on Vacant lots for Hillcrest Neighbors

MHCV Nudges Up as Dow Edges Down

MHARR Continues Tirade over HUD/MHI/DOE Collusion

First Nation People in Canada getting Modular Container Homes

Sun Communities Draws Hedge Fund Investors

Mon. July 25

One Percent Down Could Put You in a Home

Dow Jones Slips; MH-related Stocks Similarly Quiet

Habitat Teams with Air Base to Replace Special Needs Caregiver’s Manufactured Home

Politically Tarnished Philadelphia Prepares for Democratic Convention, Demonstrators

Sunday Morning Recap-Manufactured Housing Industry News July 17-July 24, 2016 ##

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MHARR Continues Tirade over HUD/MHI/DOE Collusion

July 26th, 2016 Comments off

mharr logoThe Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) tells MHProNews the manufactured housing division at HUD waited beyond the last minute allowed to call for an Aug. 9 conference call of the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC) to discuss the Department of Energy’s (DOE) proposed rules.

The Federal Advisory Committee Act requires published notices to be at least 15 calendar days prior to an advisory committee meeting. It is also right before the deadline to comment to the DOE on the energy standards. Moreover, MHARR calls it “to be little more than window dressing to whitewash yet another violation of applicable law in a DOE rulemaking process that has been ‘“rigged”’ from the start by large industry manufacturers represented by MHI, energy special interests, and HUD Code industry competitors.”

MHARR says the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2207 required DOE to establish manufactured housing energy standards in consultation with HUD’s Secretary, who would in turn consult with the MHCC about the proposal. But MHARR says DOE waited until after the rule was drawn up to spring it on the industry. Furthermore, when asked about the content of the consultations between HUD and DOE, “At the August 2015 and January 2016 MHCC meetings, the HUD program Administrator refused to disclose any information or documents regarding the occurrence, timing or content of any such “’consultations.’”

While DOE claims to have presented on three occasions at an MHCC meeting, MHARR insists, having attended every MHCC meeting since its inception, one time DOE presented summary numbers at a meeting, but that was it. The bottom line is the MHCC was never given an opportunity to provide input into making the rule, as it is supposed to do.

MHARR claims this new standard that will add $6,000 to the cost of a new manufactured home is the result of a collaboration of DOE, the MH program at HUD, MHI and other special interest groups to the detriment of lower income consumers and smaller producers in the industry.

MHARR is urging those in the industry to oppose this energy proposal. ##

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MHARR Issues a Call to Arms to Defeat the Enactment of DOE’s New Proposal

July 14th, 2016 Comments off

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Commenting on a meeting at DOE’s headquarters July 13, 2016, MHARR accuses the DOE of collaborating with non-MH special interest groups and the industry’s largest manufacturers in promulgating this rule to make it more expensive for smaller producers and operators to run their businesses. Ultimately. the consumer suffers. The selective “leak” of the proposed rule to the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) and others is further evidence of “sham ‘negotiated rulemaking.’”

Attending the meeting at DOE’s headquarters were representatives from MHARR, MHI, the Community Owners Business Alliance (COBA7), HUD’s MH administrator Pamela Danner, the DOE Manufactured Housing Working Group (MHWG), special interest groups and others.

In its remarks at the meeting, MHARR, called the proposed rule “the product of an unacceptable, scandalous standard-development process, as well as in and of itself flawed, and that it would take every opportunity to oppose it. COBA7’s representatives also criticized the rule for its impact on smaller operators, especially MHC owners who purchase MH for their communities.

Meanwhile, MHARR says the MHI and its affiliate, Systems Building Research Alliance (SBRA), assisted in concocting the “sham ‘negotiated rulemaking’ process;” provided technical input to the MHWG; and after see-sawing, MHI said it could live with the new rule that would add thousands of dollars to the cost of a manufactured home.

In addition, MHARR says the meeting was noteworthy because there were four representatives from the U. S. Justice Dept. present, the agency that would defend the rule in court should there be a challenge (which MHARR suggests might happen).

Also, the rule’s calculation of life cycle costs, the cost benefit analysis, (the added cost of MH weighed against the long term benefit) does not account for the millions of people who will be excluded from home ownership altogether because of the rule, which DOE’s consultants admitted. The costs of this loss of business to the industry is not measured by DOE either.

Additionally, the DOE’s cost-benefit analysis does not include costs related to testing, enforcement and regulatory compliance, which means their numbers are flawed and statistically invalid. MHARR says the rule also does not satisfy legal requirements that deal with federal rulemaking activity.

MHARR tells MHProNews even its supporters are unable to defend this proposed rule on any kind of credible basis.” Noting the overwhelming impact this rule will have on the availability of affordable manufactured housing, MHARR has resolved to fight its implementation, and will be writing extensive, detailed comments opposing the proposed rule, and invites others to strongly oppose the proposal as well..

The public comment deadline is Aug. 16, 2016. ##

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Sunday Morning Recap-Manufactured Housing Industry News June 19-June 26, 2016

June 26th, 2016 Comments off

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Louisiana Approves 336 home site MH community. Polish modular builder marketing in Sweden. Oregon legislator tryhing to preserve MH communities. UMH hopes for Freddie Mac financing. Housing formation will increase, but homeownership may not. Manufactured housing growing down under. Existing home sales hit nine-year high. Modular homes bound for New Zealand. Condemned MH Community set for demolition. CFPB Dir. Cordray targeted. UFPI acquires wood supplier. House amendment will promote MH financing. Patrick acquires sheet metal producer. Department of Energy proposal: MHI, yes; MHARR, no. Much more in news and points of view you may use in your professional work.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

UMH Properties to Release, Discuss Q2 2016 Financials

Friday, June 24

Housing Affordability Falls 13% Q1 to Q2 2016

Calcasieu Parish in LA Approves Manufactured Home Community

Dow Plummets 610 Points; Most MH-related Stocks Drop, led by AMG

New Home Sales Fall in May but Remain above May 2015

Oregon Legislator Wants to Preserve Manufactured Home Communities

Polish Modular Builder Unibep Eyeing Sweden

Thursday, June 23

Freddie Mac may Finance Rental-only Community for UMH

Louisiana Commission Denies Siting of Manufactured Home

UFPI Gains 4.51 percent; MHCV Advances 2.36 Percent

Family Formation May Increase but Homeownership May Not

Australian MH Producer gets Five Year Deal

USDA Offers Low Interest Loans for Manufactured Home Purchase

Wednesday, June 22

Existing Home Sales in U. S. Rise to Highest Pace in Nine Years

New Zealand Considering Modular Homes to Meet Housing Shortage

MHCV Closes up Just Under 1400; Dow, NASDAQ and S&P all Edge Down

Arcata, CA Residents Concerned about Rents in MH Community

Condemned Michigan MH Community Misses Deadline, Faces Demolition

CFPB Director Richard Cordray Targeted in Ads

Tuesday, June 21

Non-profit Building Modular Home in Milwaukee for Low-income Family

Skyline Gains +3.54%; Nobility Falls -3.57%

UFPI Acquires Distributor of Wood Products for MH

Appropriations Bill Amendment will Provide Access to MH Financing

Housing Market has more Room for Expansion: Fitch Ratings

Monday, June 20

Patrick Acquires Mishawaka Sheet Metal

Patrick Advances +3.02%; Dow Gains 129 Points

MHI and MHARR Respond Differently to DOE’s Proposed Energy Standards

Modular Tiny Home, 196 sq. ft., has All the Amenities

Manufactured Home Rentals in Arizona could be Troubling

Sunday Morning Recap-Manufactured Housing Industry News June 12-June 19, 2016 ##

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