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Manufactured Housing Grassroots Reports by state

November 19th, 2014 Comments off

ian-sane-flickrcreativecommons-grassroots=credit-grassrootsreport-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com450x360-Rick Robinson, general counsel for the Manufactured Housing Institute, tells MHProNews about two bills pending in Michigan, as well as other legislative topics from around the U.S. of general or specific interest to manufactured housing professionals.

Robinson says that the Michigan Manufactured Housing Association’s Executive Director, Tim DeWitt “informs us that, while both bills are positive for the industry and its customers, they are likely to die in the House during the state’s legislature’s current Lame Duck session.” 

The download for the Michigan related manufactured housing news items is found at the end of this article, below, one of which relates to the prior story on manufactured home communities reported by the Daily Business News at the link here.

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n other news by state, Robinson says:

AK – Independent candidate Bill Walker was declared the winner of the Alaska governor’s race on Friday, after his lead rose to 1.7 percent as more absentee ballots were counted. Gov. Sean Parnell (R) conceded Saturday and pledged an orderly transition. Walker’s running mate, Byron Mallott, a Democrat, will be the next lieutenant governor. 
http://www.adn.com/article/20141115/parnell-concedes-governors-race 

CO – Rep. Dickey Lee Hullinghorst (D) was selected by her House Democratic colleagues on Friday to be the next speaker of the House. Rep. Crisanta Duran (D) was chosen as the new majority leader, giving the House an all-female leadership team for the first time in state history. 
http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_26938025/colorado-house-dems-elect-states-first-all-female 

IL – Lawmakers reconvene Wednesday for the start of the veto session — their first meeting since Republican Bruce Rauner knocked off Gov. Pat Quinn (D) in the governor’s election. Democrats may use the weeks long veto/lame duck session to pass minimum wage legislation and make permanent an income tax increase before Quinn leaves office. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-illinois-legislature-met-1117-20141116-story.html 

MO – Political pundits in Jefferson City, MO, and in Washington, D.C. are speculating that U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill’s (D-MO) vote against Harry Reid for Senate minority Leader last week was a sign that she may be leaning towards a run for governor in 2016. Current Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon is term-limited in 2016. 
http://www.kansascity.com/news/government-politics/article3925111.html 

WI – State transportation officials submitted their budget request Friday and warned that lawmakers may need to increase the gas tax or vehicle fees in order to raise $750 million needed for state roads over the next two years. http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/dot-new-fees-tax-hikes-totaling-750-million-need-for-roads-b99391001z1-282749681.html 

Periodic grass roots reports, along with the Sunday morning manufactured housing news recap, will be easy ways for manufactured housing professionals to stay informed on key issues impacting the industry. ##

(Michigan grass roots report download, linked here)

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NAHB Asks for Senate Support

January 1st, 2013 Comments off

In a letter to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the National Association for Home Builders (NAHB) asks the Senate to support the Vitter/Warner/Nelson amendment to H.R. (House of Representatives) bill 4212 that strengthens the Contaminated Drywall Safety Act of 2012. In targeting the response to unsafe drywall, the amendment focuses the authority granted to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), and ensures the Commission’s voluntary standard has the support of the business community. In a story MHProNews published Sept. 21, 2012, NAHB sent a letter to Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner HR 4212 asking for the opportunity to comment on the legislation before it was passed. The measure is in response to Chinese drywall used in repairing many homes following Hurricane Katrina that sickened hundreds of residents, and resulted in millions of dollars of lawsuit settlements, particularly in Louisiana and Florida.

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Energy Efficient Tax Credits for MH/MOD Defeated

March 15th, 2012 Comments off

From Washington, D.C. the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) tells MHProNews.com the Stabenow amendment to the Senate’s surface transportation reauthorization legislation (S.1813), which would have extended the energy efficient tax credits for MH and Mod, did not get the required 60 votes needed for passage. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) led the opposition to a 49-49 deadlock. MHI says proponents will regroup and begin working with legislators including Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME), Sen Max Baucus (D-MT), and Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) to renew the six credits. Under the New Energy Efficient Home Credit, manufacturers of ENERGY STAR homes received $1,000 and modular home builders received $2,000, but that expired Dec. 31, 2011. MHI strongly suggests contacting your representative in Congress to support the extension.

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