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MHARR: EPA Action on Formaldehyde Rule

May 24th, 2017 Comments off
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The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) tells MHProNews that the organization has succeeded in winning a delay of the effective date(s) of the Formaldehyde Emissions Standards for Composite Wood Products final rule published by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in December 2016.

 

The EPA announced the action yesterday in a notice, which fulfills the original request by MHARR for a delay.

As MHProNews covered earlier this week, the call came from MHARR President and CEO Mark Weiss, JD, during a May 1st meeting in Washington DC. That meeting was convened by the EPA to solicit comments from parties on a new rulemaking docket concerning regulations adopted under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and other laws that could be “repealed, replaced, or modified to make them less burdensome” in accordance with Executive Order (EO) 13777 issued by President Trump on February 24, 2017.

We’re calling for the elimination of certification requirements for finished goods included in the final rule, which apply to manufactured housing producers but expressly exempt site-builders using the same materials,” said Weiss.

MHARR was the only manufactured housing industry organization to participate in the meeting and address the formaldehyde rule specifically in relation to manufactured homes.

MHARR also noted that the final formaldehyde rule published by EPA (during the last days of the Obama Administration) was significantly different from the proposed rule, published on June 10, 2013. In essence, the original rule stated that both manufactured homes and site-built homes would have been deemed “finished goods,” and subject to the certification requirements applicable.

In contrast, under the final rule, only manufactured homes and manufactured homebuilders are subject to those certification requirements and related regulatory compliance costs.

MHARR tells MHProNews that, in accordance with EPA’s delay notice with formal publication in the Federal Register expected on May 24, 2017, compliance dates for formaldehyde emission standards, recordkeeping, and labeling provisions would be extended until March 22, 2018. Import certification provisions would be extended until March 22, 2019, and laminated product producer provisions would be extended until March 22, 2024.

 

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MHARR will closely monitor this rulemaking, which is an integral part of the Trump Administration’s effort to reign-in or repeal federal regulations that eliminate jobs or inhibit job creation, or are otherwise outdated, unnecessary, ineffective, or unduly burdensome,” said MHARR President and CEO Mark Weiss, JD.

As this proceeding goes forward, MHARR will continue to aggressively oppose any discriminatory mandates on manufactured housing, HUD Code manufacturers and/or manufactured homebuyers.”

 

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MHARR to the EPA: Withdraw Discriminatory Formaldehyde Mandate

May 22nd, 2017 Comments off
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The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) tells MHProNews that it has formally called on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to withdraw certification requirements contained in its December 2016 Formaldehyde Emissions Standards for Composite Wood Products rule. MHARR contends the rule discriminates against manufactured housing and manufactured housing producers.

The call came from MHARR President and CEO Mark Weiss, JD, during a May 1st meeting in Washington DC, convened by the EPA to solicit comments from parties on a new rulemaking docket concerning regulations adopted under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and other laws that could be “repealed, replaced, or modified to make them less burdensome” in accordance with Executive Order (EO) 13777 issued by President Trump on February 24, 2017.

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We’re calling for the elimination of certification requirements for finished goods included in the final rule, which apply to manufactured housing producers but expressly exempt site-builders using the same materials,” said Weiss.

MHARR was the only manufactured housing industry organization to participate in the meeting and address the formaldehyde rule specifically in relation to manufactured homes.

MHARR also noted that the final formaldehyde rule published by EPA (during the last days of the Obama Administration) was significantly different from the proposed rule, published on June 10, 2013. In essence, the original rule stated that both manufactured homes and site-built homes would have been deemed “finished goods,” and subject to the certification requirements applicable.

In contrast, under the final rule, only manufactured homes and manufactured homebuilders are subject to those certification requirements and related regulatory compliance costs.

EPA’s discriminatory imposition of ‘finished good’ certification requirements on manufactured home builders while exempting site-builders from those same requirements, is both baseless and arbitrary, as even a cursory reading of the underlying statute shows. And that is without even getting into the procedural gymnastics used by EPA to change the final rule based on a re-opening of the public comment period to address – supposedly – a completely unrelated issue,” said Weiss.

With new leadership at EPA, though, and with President Trump’s regulatory Executive Orders, the industry will have an opportunity to seek changes to the rule to reduce the regulatory burdens imposed on the industry and the millions of lower and moderate-income American families that rely on affordable, non-subsidized manufactured housing.”

The full release from MHARR is linked here. ##

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Dems Return to the Drawing Board as the GOP Pursues its Agenda

April 17th, 2017 Comments off

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In an interview with the Washington Examiner, Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel sounded an alarm that the GOP does not get moving on its agenda in Congress, it runs the risk of being moved out.

It’s hard to win if you don’t govern. If you make these promises, it’s going to be hard for us to win in the midterms,” McDaniel said. “I think it’s early. I think the president’s working hard on those issues and we’ve already seen some very strong governance from the White House with deregulation, with [Neil] Gorsuch, with Keystone [Pipeline], with jobs coming back. But we have to continue that, and we have to keep promises that we made on the campaign trail.”

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While there was initial talk of moving on to tax reform and leaving the repeal of ObamaCare, discussions have picked up between the White House and the Freedom Caucus and the centrist Tuesday Group.

House Speaker Paul Ryan described it as ‘Republican growing pains.’

Ms. McDaniel says it shows the strength of diversity in the Grand Old Party (GOP, Republican).

I actually think it’s a strength of our party that we have a robust dialogue, that you bring different viewpoints to the discussion. The Democrats are always in lockstep with each and that is exactly why we have the disaster of Obamacare. They didn’t have a discussion,” the former Michigan GOP chairwoman, who has been the RNC chair for only three months, said. “They didn’t have people pointing out, ‘hey, there’s a flaw here. Let’s talk about this. Let’s take it to our constituents. Let’s have a transparent process. Let’s maybe read it before we pass it.’ Those types of things maybe would have made it a better bill.”

Noting that in 2018 ten Democratic senators are up for re-election in states where Trump won, McDaniel cautions that it is easy to organize opposition by the party out of power, but maintains the Republicans are “focused on the entire ticket and maintaining and expanding majorities in the Senate and the House going into 2018. When you are doing what we do, which is build the ground game, you don’t just lift the top of the ticket, you lift the whole ticket.”

Democrats on the Attack

Meanwhile, attempting to shift back the balance of power, the Democrats are sifting through possible candidates in 64 congressional districts as they chase opportunities for next year’s midterm elections.

According to Politico, they are knocking on the doors of veterans, women and others who have never held elected office, and owners of small businesses as they try to benefit from the anti-Trump energy in the streets.

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Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) leaders have already met with 255 potential candidates. DCCC Chairman Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) said, “We are going to be on offense, we are going to take this fight to the American people.”

A recent recruiting meeting brought together Vote Vets, a liberal group focused on veteran’s issues, and women interested in politics. Convened by Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), herself a veteran, she spoke with a dozen veterans about defense and international issues, including two female helicopter pilots, all of whom have recently completed their tours of duty or will soon. “Especially among the younger generation of veterans, you have a community that is far less conservative than people might think,” she said.

Rep.l Seth Moulton (D-MA) has garnered some 22 fellow veterans who are interested in public office. “I don’t think you have to be a veteran to run for office, but when you’re looking for a group of people who might be able to rise above the bitter partisan gridlock, veterans are a good place to look,” he said. “Washington seems like a dirty place. But so was Afghanistan. And so was Iraq. And we’re going to clean it up.

Presidential Approval Back Up

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CBS News was among the media outlets which had writers and commentators slamming President Trump for not remembering to put his hand over his heart during the National Anthem. “Trump is reluctant to put his hand on heart during the National Anthem & is dropped by the San Francisco 49ers.,” snarked a tweet by Chuck Groundhog, posted on the CBS News website. With all that is going on in the world, presidential defenders say, couldn’t the president be just a bit distracted? ‘Can you cut POTUS a little slack?’ Photo credit, CBS News, shared under fair use guidelines.

Even after weeks of blistering attacks, the latest Rassumusen Poll, among the most accurate in the 2016 election cycle, has President Donald J. Trump back at 50% approval.  

Figuring that just attacking President Trump will not be sufficient to turn the tide, Democrats are digging into finances and committee votes of Republican members of Congress. They are focusing more on the South, and in districts where stronger opponents than those that ran in 2016 might have a better chance of unseating the GOP.

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But National Republican Campaign Committee press secretary Jesse Hunt said, “The activist-base Democratic Party is demanding all-out obstruction in Washington, D.C., to the entire Republican agenda, and it’s going to make it difficult for Democratic to make the necessary course correction in these competitive Congressional districts,” Hunt said. “As a result of that, you’re going to see the Democratic base demand far left progressive candidates that don’t fit the suburban districts they need.”

Republicans have led Democrats in fund-raising each month of 2017, and have met with 100 prospective candidates on their own.

According to GOPUSA, the seating of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch will begin the return of respect for constitutional powers and “undo what eight years of Obamanista rule inflicted on the nation.”

LoisLernerAttorneyformerIRSWikipedia-postedDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsOne place to start would be going after IRS officials who were caught persecuting tea party and other nonprofit conservative groups in order to assist in Obama’s re-election campaign in 2012. In addition, not only did Lois Lerner, who was in charge of the division that conducted the persecution, retire with full pension, but thousands of IRS employees who fudged on their tax returns were not charged.

What’s more, an inspector general’s report discovered “the IRS routinely seized millions of dollars from legitimate businesses between 2012 and 2015 simply based on the business people’s practice of making bank deposits of less than $10,000 to avoid onerous paperwork. This guilty-until-proven-innocent scheme of the IRS victimized countless small business people, some of whom didn’t recover what was seized even after being cleared of any criminal activity.”

A random sample revealed 91 percent of the businesses in a sample of 278 forfeiture cases had made their money legally.

At the Environmental Protection Agency, large donors to the Democrats routinely abused Clean Water and Clean Air acts without any retribution. President Trump has directed the EPA to review its regulations, and has reversed regulations that were intended to put coal operators out of business.

Additionally, the GOP sees the Justice Department as also having served purely ideological ends during the Obama administration, especially in the Civil Rights Division and in the Voting Section. Much of the wrongdoing came under Thomas Perez, now the chair of the Democratic National Committee. The agency needs to be returned to the non-partisan, chief enforcer of the nation’s laws as it was intended. ##  

Related by RC Williams – Consumer Confidence Surges to New High Under Trump Admin.

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NFIB By The Numbers: Trump, Clinton and Small Business

October 20th, 2016 Comments off
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As part of their “Election Center” feature, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) has published Who Will You Choose? Presidential Issue Comparison, that analyzes each candidates position on issues that are important to small business.

The data is pulled directly from candidates’ plans.  NFIB notes that they don’t endorse candidates for the highest office in the land, but they do provide a head-to-head comparision, so their members can make an informed choice.

So, where do they stand? Let’s take a look.

Income Tax Rate

Trump: Proposes reducing the number of tax brackets to three: 12%, 25%, and 33%.

Clinton: Proposes a new tax surcharge on high-income taxpayers effectively raising the top rate to 43.6%. Proposes increasing capital gains taxes and implementing the “Buffett” rule to enact a new minimum tax rate on those with over $1 million adjusted gross income.

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Business Tax Rate

Trump: Proposes a new 15% business rate that would apply to corporations and pass through businesses.

Clinton: Proposes no change in corporate tax rates.

Estate Tax

Trump: Proposes elimination of the Estate Tax, but capital gains held until death will be subject to tax, with the first $10 million tax-free as under current law to exempt small businesses and family farms. 

Clinton: Proposes restoring the federal estate tax to 2009 levels and create new brackets for estates over certain sizes: 45% for estates over $3.5 million, 50% for over $10 million, 55% for over $50 million, and 65% for over $500 million.

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Regulation

Trump: Proposes eliminating the EPA’s Waters of U.S. rule and Clean Power Plan rule.

Clinton: Supports the EPA’s Waters of the U.S. rule and Clean Power Plan rule and proposes additional measures to transition U.S. energy sources to renewables.

Health Care

Trump: Proposes repealing the Affordable Care Act and replacing it with Health Savings Accounts.

Clinton: Proposes expanding the Affordable Care Act by creating a new “public option” government-run insurance plan. She proposes increasing tax credits to assist with health insurance premiums. She also proposes allowing people over 55 buy into Medicare.

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Energy

Trump: Proposes opening onshore and offshore leasing on federal lands.

Clinton: Proposes putting additional regulations on oil and natural gas development.

Paid Leave 

Trump: Proposes expanding unemployment insurance (UI) programs to pay for six weeks of maternity leave. Trump proposes paying for increased leave by eliminating fraud in the UI program.

Clinton: Proposes 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave. Clinton proposes paying for the increased leave with higher taxes on the “wealthy.

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Regulatory Costs for New Home Construction Keep Climbing

May 10th, 2016 Comments off

house under const  housingwireAccording to a report courtesy of HousingEconomics.com, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) states that 24.3 percent of the average cost of a new single-family home is the result of government regulations at all levels. Three-fifths, or 14.6%, of the eventual house price comes from regulations imposed during the development of a lot. The other two-fifths, or 9.7%, are costs incurred after purchasing the lot.

For lower quartile homes, the average share of regulatory costs is 14%, while for upper quartile homes the average is 30.3%. The lower quartile is 25 percent of the respondents while the upper quartile represents the upper 25 percent, as MHProNews understands.

One of the conclusions from the analysis is that the average cost of regulation in a new home is increasing over twice as fast as the average homebuyers ability to pay for it. Regulations come at builders from all angles: local jurisdictions may have fees for utility hook-up, permits, and impact, as well as construction standards set by the state but administered at the local level that may increase costs or cause delays in the building process that translates into dollars lost.

The federal government may require a stormwater discharge permit that can result in another delay. In addition, the study says more regulations are in the pipeline that will add to the costs.

Data on how these multiple regulations affect the housing industry is limited, so the monthly NAHB/WellsFArgo Housing Market Industry survey included questions aimed at a panel of single-family home builders chosen according to size (number of housing starts) and geography, covering the four census regions. The questionnaire is based on a lot developed by a developer which is then sold to a builder who in turn sells the home to the buyer.

Survey responses also include averages of terms on construction loans, profit margins, how much time is required to build a home, etc., assumptions based on long-term averagesduring normal economic conditions.

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Table 2 refers to regulatory costs incurred during the construction phase, which adds 9.7 percent to the average cost of a home, although the range is from 4.0 percent to 12.7 percent. The result is that total regulatory costs, on average, of a new home equal 24.3 percent of the final price of the home, with the range going from 14.0 percent to 30.3 percent.

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NAHB’s previous estimate of regulatory costs from a 2011 study revealed the percentage of regulatory costs were similar, but the average price of a new home went from $260,800 to $348,900 during those five years.

The study revealed: “Applying the average percentages from NAHB’s studies to these home prices produces an estimate that average regulatory costs in a home built for sale went from $65,224 to $84,671 in the roughly five-year period from April 2011 to March 2016—a 29.8 percent increase.”

This regulatory increase of 29.8 percent is increasing doubly faster than the 14.4 percent rise in disposable income per capita, i. e., “the cost of regulation in the price of a new home is rising more than twice as fast as the average American’s ability to pay for it,” according to the study. One unknown in the formula is the possibility of tariffs on lumber or other materials used in construction.

Regulations looming on the horizon include an EPA Chesapeake Bay Clean-up Plan which may become a template for establishing more stringent standards across the country. Additionally, OSHA’s new silica rules are set to go into effect next year which could impose billions of dollars on the construction industry. Moreover, fire departments continue to argue for fire sprinklers being mandatory in new home construction, a proposal that could add $6,000 to the cost of a new single-family home. ##

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50+ FEMA Manufactured Homes are on the Way

October 28th, 2015 Comments off

mh ready for shipment  wikipediaUpdating a story MHProNews last posted Oct. 23, 2015 regarding the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) housing assistance to survivors of the Butte and Valley Fires in California, mymotherlode reports crews are busy removing debris and household hazardous waste materials. The state and federal EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) continue to monitor air and soil samples to detect contaminants in the San Andreas area. Erosion control crews are addressing erosion and runoff issues.

Meanwhile, FEMA reports eligible survivors of the 71,000-acre disaster are awaiting the 50-plus FEMA one-and two-bedroom manufactured home units (MHU) now on the way, some equipped to accommodate those with disabilities and other additional needs. Larger homes will be coming as officials and recovery teams coordinate debris removal with feasible home sites in this hilly terrain.

Occupants of these temporary homes will be required to meet with FEMA personnel every 30 to 60 days to recertify that their primary residence is either unsafe, unlivable or uninhabitable. The sites must also be outside a flood plain and the lots must be large enough to accommodate the MHU.

FEMA may also provide rental assistance as well as funds to repair damaged homes. ##

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Objectionable EPA Provision may be Removed from Ohio Budget

June 24th, 2015 Comments off

tim williams exev vp ohio mfg homes assocThe Ohio State Senate passed the state budget June 18, 2015 less the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) provision that would require manufactured home communities (MHCs) to escrow 15 percent of the cost of a replacement water system, though not to exceed $250,000. It would have also allowed rental income to be seized in special circumstances, according to what the Ohio Manufactured Homes Association (OMHA) tells MHProNews.

Tim Williams, Executive Director of OMHA, testified for the removal of the objectionable EPA language before the state’s Senate Finance Committee May 12, 2015, as well as on March 26, 2015 before the state’s House Finance Committee.

While the House voted to remove the language during passage of the state budget bill, the Senate/House Conference Committee is reconciling the budget before it goes to Gov. Kasich for his signature.

Williams said there are several barriers to get around before legislators vote on the final budget bill. Amendments can be added during the conference committee negotiations, and the state EPA continues to lobby to have its original language reinserted, although they were previously unsuccessful in the House and Senate. ##

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House Passes Legislation Limiting EPA and Corps Intrusion onto Buildable Land

September 10th, 2014 Comments off

nahb_logoNational Association of Home Builders Chairman Kevin Kelly commends the House of Representatives for passing legislation championed by Rep. Steve Southerland (R-Fla) that curtails the reach of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over waters of the U. S. Specifically, HR 5078, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act, protects landowners from unnecessary regulations and permits that could delay and raise the cost of home building projects. “Today’s House vote sends a strong message to the EPA to go back to the drawing board to find a common-sense middle ground plan that will maintain environmental safeguards and protect landowners from unnecessary regulation,” says Kelly. MHProNews understands the EPA and the Corps wanted to extend their control over more bodies of water under the Clean Water Act, potentially adding to the cost of building manufactured home communities.  ##

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“From Moscow, with Love?” Lawsuit advances against Manufactured Home Community Owner

August 22nd, 2014 Comments off

klewtv-moscow-pullman-idaho-smyrna-mhpark-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronews-Residents of Syringa Mobile Home Park near Moscow-Pullman, Idaho have been in a struggle that bubbled up over their need for drinkable water and other issues. This began last winter, and resident Doris Carlson told KREM News that “I have wept an awful lot because I am tired of living like this.”

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) had issued a warning to the park’s owner, Magar E. Magar, to address alleged violations regarding its drinking water and wastewater systems. Community residents were told in January not to drink the water there, even if it was boiled. So Carlson melted snow on her stove top to have drinkable water. A local church provided residents in the community with bottled water.

Carlson said then, “I have no way to flush my commode right now. The odor in the house is pungent. It’s disgusting.” When contacted by a local media outlet, Magar said the residents had water and reportedly hung up, perhaps due to concerns over the pending legal issues.

While DEQ lifted the ban on the water, they notified Magar that the system was still out of compliance with the state’s standards. Lawyers from the University of Idaho’s Legal Aid Clinic stepped in to file a civil action on behalf of the residents.

In July, the owner of the community was told not to contact the residents, On August 18, Latah County Second District Judge John Stegner denied a defense motion seeking additional time to prepare for a hearing scheduled Aug. 27. DNEWs tells MHProNews that Attorney Greg Rauch took on the case for Magar several weeks ago. Magar had been representing himself prior to Rauch’s appearance in the class action case. ##

(Editor’s Note: While we as a publisher are never providing legal advice nor asserting the applicability of the information linked below, MHProNews has published two articles on the topic of failure to maintain by attorneys. One is linked here, authored by attorney Bill Hart, JD, from the Hart-King law firm. Another was by penned by David E Eastman, JD, linked here.)

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MHC Water Main Break Prompts Boil Water Advisory

August 7th, 2014 Comments off

chateauestatescommunity  com  creidt  swanton ohio  25  mins ne from daytonMHProNews has learned from springfieldnewssun.com in German Township, Ohio the Chateau Estates manufactured housing community (MHC) suffered a water main break Tuesday, and residents have been advised to boil water. While one resident claims he noticed water seeping up near the area of the break several days ago and notified the office, Chateau Estates Administrator Jack Duncan says management did not know of a problem until the main broke. Repair work began Wednesday afternoon and was expected to be completed by day’s end barring any unforeseen problems. Larry Shaffer, Clark County Combined Health District’s director says the MHC is following the correct protocols. “A boil advisory has been issued and they have been working with the Ohio EPA,” he says. In the past, Chateau had to install an experimental system to remove arsenic from the water in conjunction with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). And more recently, the community had to connect to the North Hampton sewer system because its own wastewater treatment plant was insufficient. ##

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