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Governor’s Controversial Manufactured Housing Battle Concludes

June 29th, 2017 Comments off
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From the moment Governor John Kasich‘s Administration first proposed to eliminate the Ohio Manufactured Homes Commission, the air has been full of misleading information and derogatory comments directed at almost one million Ohio residents who live in manufactured homes,” said Tim Williams, Executive Director of the Ohio Manufactured Homes Association (OMHA).

While the OMHA was able to rally support in their state house, as was reported at the link here, when the final budget was approved, the OMHC was not included.

Kasich’s “Administration did not tell the truth regarding the independent Manufactured Homes Commission‘s superior record of protecting homeowner safety,” said Williams.  “Neither did the Administration accurately report that today’s manufactured homes have the strictest fire code of any form of housing on the market, meeting rigorous federal quality construction standards.”

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Interior photo of a modern manufactured home from the OMHA website.

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Ohio has for years been a state that inspected every new manufactured home installation.

 

 

In place for the last ten years, the Ohio Manufactured Homes Commission is an independent agency, with a team of trained professionals, knowledgeable about the homes and the way they are built and installed. The Commission does its job free of political influence,” Williams told MHProNews, “ensuring every home installation is inspected and each one is safe.”

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Now, the rigorous inspection process currently in place in Ohio will be absorbed into the Kasich Administration’s 800 employee Department of Commerce bureaucracy.  That body new regulatory body, OMHA states where “there exists no manufactured homes expertise or experience.”

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AMHRO is affiliated with a national resident rights group, the NMHOA, long led by Ishbel Dickens, who has recently said she is ‘trying to retire,’ Collage credits, AMHRO, provided under fair use guidelines.

The residents rights group, Association of Manufactured Homes Residents in Ohio (AMHRO) fought alongside OMHA in their efforts to keep the independent OMHC alive against the Kasich Administration’s onslaught.

Williams said, “We stand ready to assist the Administration in the transition. Given the Ohio Department of Commerce’s lack of experience and expertise involving the unique nature of manufactured homes, we hope the Administration will call on our Association and AMHRO during the transition. We also encourage the Administration to transfer the small Commission staff with 88 years of combined experience to the Department of Commerce to ensure continuity in the regulatory program.”

The Ohio Manufactured Homes Association is a not for profit organization, comprised of some 500 manufactured home related businesses. ##

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Liar! MHI report calls Gov. John Kasich, Allies Liars

June 1st, 2017 1 comment
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Are MHI’s “Real Facts” the pot calling the kettle black? Credits: MHI, OMHA, OMHC.

In a saga that the Daily Business News has followed closely, the battle in Ohio to keep the Ohio Manufactured Homes Commission (OMHC) alive and independent has drawn a well-known name into the fray… but, are they the pot calling the kettle black?

The saga began when the Ohio Fire Chief’s Association sent a letter to lawmakers at the end of March supporting a provision in the state budget to kill the commission. The Daily Business News covered the response from the commission in a story linked here.

Commentary from the association, and the state fire marshal, was inflammatory.

30 people died in 1,208 manufactured home fires between 2012 and 2016,” said the letter from the Association.

Ohioans are 4.2 times more likely to die in a manufactured home that caught fire than a one- or two-family home,” said state Fire Marshal Larry Flowers, who cited a four-year study of state data showing there are more fatal fires in manufactured homes in Ohio than in any other surrounding state.

This commentary was then followed up with a move from Governor John Kasich’s office, as the Governor’s Executive Budget legislation included a provision seeking to eliminate the OMHC and move its duties into the Department of Commerce.

 

A Victory?

On May 2nd, the Ohio House of Representatives passed Substitute HB 49, the “State of Ohio budget bill”, restoring the Ohio Manufactured Homes Commission (OMHC), consistent with present law.

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As the bill is being debated in the Senate, the Ohio Manufactured Home Association (OMHA), along with other organizations and manufactured home residents, have been proactively making their case.

They have also gained support from a familiar name – the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI.)

 

Engaged Or Just Late to the Party? 

In a report from MHI, they addressed the situation in Ohio.

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MHI meetings are closed to journalists and reporters, even pro-industry trade reporters. Why? Photo credit, MHProNews, MHI logo is that organization’s intellectual property.

A provision in Governor John Kasich’s budget sought to eliminate the Ohio Manufactured Homes Commission by burying its functions somewhere in the Buckeye bureaucracy. Following extensive hearings on the topic and hard work by OMHA, Ohio’s House of Representatives voted to remove the provision,” said the report.

The Kasich Administration has now moved the battle to the Senate where they are attempting to have the provision reinserted. Sadly, Governor Kasich and his allies are resorting to half-truths, old stereotypes and outright lies in an attempt to get traction for their ill-advised position.”

The report then cited the actions of OMHA Executive Director Tim Williams during the process.

The Kasich Administration is making up its own alternative facts to scare people into thinking there is a problem,” said Williams in a statement.

Then, MHI made a statement that’s sure to raise the ire of many in the industry.

MHI lent its public relations support to help with local media as well as press releases with OMHA about the real facts.”

 

Real Facts? Pot, Meet Kettle

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While MHI makes the claim of providing PR support about the real facts, industry outlets and advocacy organizations including MHARR, MHProNews and MHLivingNews have been actively engaged with OMHA since the beginning of the battle with Governor Kasich’s office.mhpronewslogoindustrynewstipsviewsproscanuse

This is a “real fact” that MHI fails to mention.

In an exclusive discussion with MHProNews on May 19th, OMHA Executive Tim Williams explained why the battle taking place in Ohio is important for the industry as a whole.

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Tim Williams, OMHA.

When our homes and their superior building and fire safety are misrepresented it hurts our businesses and residents. We must always stand up for the truth about the affordability and superior fire safety of manufactured homes for our customers and industry,” said Williams.

The truth always matters. We must never let others define us with false representations. We provide the most affordable, quality and safest homes of any sort today. The world needs to know that. Our opponents can have their opinions but they are never entitled to their own set of facts.”

For more on the battle in Ohio, click here.

MHProNews and MHLivingNews will continue to monitor this story, and lead the charge supporting the industry, wherever and whenever the need arises. ##

 

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OMHA, Manufactured Home Residents Ratchet Up Pressure

May 19th, 2017 Comments off
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In a story that has put the importance of good governance front and center, manufactured home residents in Ohio, along with the Ohio Manufactured Homes Association (OMHA) urged state senators to keep the Ohio Manufactured Homes Commission (OMHC) active.

As Daily Business News readers are already aware, the Ohio House of Representatives passed Substitute HB 49, the “State of Ohio budget bill” on May 2nd, restoring the Ohio Manufactured Homes Commission (OMHC), consistent with present law. That bill is now under review in the state senate.

The saga began when the Ohio Fire Chief’s Association sent a letter to lawmakers at the end of March supporting a provision in the state budget to kill the commission. The Daily Business News covered the response from the commission in a story linked here.

Commentary from the association, and the state fire marshal, was inflammatory.

30 people died in 1,208 manufactured home fires between 2012 and 2016,” said the letter from the Association.

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Ohioans are 4.2 times more likely to die in a manufactured home that caught fire than a one- or two-family home,” said state Fire Marshal Larry Flowers, who cited a four-year study of state data showing there are more fatal fires in manufactured homes in Ohio than in any other surrounding state.

This commentary was followed up with a move from Governor John Kasich’s office, as the Governor’s Executive Budget legislation included a provision seeking to eliminate the OMHC and move its duties into the Department of Commerce.

And that spurred serious action.

Burying the regulation of the manufactured homes program in a bureaucracy is ill advised,” said Evan Atkinson, the OMHC Vice-Chairman, to members of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on General Government and Agency Review.

The Administration has exhibited a lack of understanding regarding the comprehensive nature of manufactured homes regulation throughout these legislative deliberations.”

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James Demitrus, member of the residents’ association and former resident appointee to the OMHC, also shared his feelings on the importance of the commission during the hearing.

The Commission today inspects 100 percent of home installations. The Commission’s requirement that every home be inspected was a revolution in the industry,” said Demitrus.

The Commission was the residents’ best hope of ensuring that they can live in communities that are safe and well-maintained.”

Frank Pojman, President of the Association of Manufactured Home Residents in Ohio, also testified at the hearing, providing a unique perspective.

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Pojman once opposed creating the Commission, but now supports keeping it focused on its safety and inspection mission, separate from the Administration’s control.

Then I did not understand how it could help the residents of Ohio. But after all these years of experience with the Commission we obtain quick and reliable service for our residents, especially involving home safety and park [sic] living,” said Pojman.

Governor Kasich’s blanket negative statements about the quality and safety of manufactured homes are demeaning and disrespectful, and I will remind the Senate Committee that nearly a million Ohio residents live in a manufactured home,” said Pojman.

I think the Governor has been misled by the state agencies that want to assume the Commission’s duties.”

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Tim Williams, OMHA Executive Director.

In an exclusive discussion with MHProNews, OMHA Executive Tim Williams explained why the battle taking place in Ohio is important for the industry as a whole.

When our homes and their superior building and fire safety are misrepresented it hurts our businesses and residents. We must always stand up for the truth about the affordability and superior fire safety of manufactured homes for our customers and industry,” said Williams.

The truth always matters. We must never let others define us with false representations. We provide the most affordable, quality and safest homes of any sort today. The world needs to know that. Our opponents can have their opinions but they are never entitled to their own set of facts.”

For more on the battle in Ohio, click here. ##

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RC Williams, MHProNews.

Submitted by RC Williams to the Daily Business News for MHProNews.

 

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Trump Towers, Clinton Cruises to NY Win

April 20th, 2016 Comments off

trump_towers__ny__post__creditIn the New York primary, with 98.8% of the votes tabulated, according to what politico tells MHProNews, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump topped opponents Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. John Kasich, winning 60.5 percent of the votes, 89 of the 95 delegates. Kasich earned 25.1 percent, picking up three delegates, while Cruz received 14.5 percent.

On the Democrat side, Hillary Clinton gained 57.9 percent of the vote, picking up 175 delegates while Sen. Bernie Sanders gained 42.1 percent, giving him 106 delegates.

The three remaining candidates for the Republican nomination intend to alter or end what they see as the job and growth killing policies and practices of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, while both Democratic candidates vow to keep or strengthen what they see as the important reforms of the Dodd-Frank Act. ##

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New York State Emerson Poll reveals Shift of electorate about Trump, Cruz and Clinton in Primary Contests

March 18th, 2016 Comments off

emerson_college_primary_pollFollowing their primary wins, both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump hold commanding leads in New York, ahead of the April 19 primary, that could determine their ultimate candidacies, according to a survey by the Emerson College Polling Society, reports media.wix.

The Society, a Department of Communications Studies at Emerson College, called 298 likely primary voters between March 14 and March 16, 2016, using an interactive voice response (IVR) system of land lines, with margin of error of +/- 5.6%.

In the Republican primary, the survey shows Donald Trump with 64 percent of the primary votes, followed by Ted Cruz with 12 percent, Marco Rubio dropped out with four percent, and John Kasich hangs on with one percent. In a Trump vs. Cruz scenario, Trump would trump Cruz 69% to 25%.

The Democratic primary has Clinton leading Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders by 71% to 23%. While many younger voters (18-34) like Sanders, Clinton dominates in key demographic groups, including men, women, African-Americans and Hispanics. By age groups, Clinton is ahead in all groups above 34 years.

Among likely Democratic primary voters, both Clinton and Sanders have high favorability ratings, but Clinton supporters who view her favorably are 85% more likely to vote for her, as opposed to the 31% who see Sanders favorably that intend to vote for him.

In the Empire State’s Republican primary, Trump has the highest favorable/unfavorable ratio at 71%/23%, followed by Cruz at 52%/44% and Kasich at 54%/34%. Trump supporters are the most loyal, 89% favorable to him will vote for him, while only 21 percent who have a favorable view of Cruz intend to vote for him.

Head-to-head in a general election, Clinton beats Trump 55% to 36%, and Sanders would win 53% to 36%. Versus Cruz, Clinton would win 61% to 30%.

Both Clinton and Sanders favor strengthening Dodd-Frank, while Trump and Cruz have stated they would change and/or abolish Dodd-Frank, as well as the Affordable Care Act.

Among Republican voters in New York, dissatisfaction with government at 47% is a major concern, followed by the economy at 29%. For Democrats it’s the economy at 25% and race relations at 18%. ##

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The Donald’s Duck Dynasty Reality LA Win

March 6th, 2016 Comments off
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The headline practically writes itself. Governor Bobby Jindal’s endorsement of Marco Rubio had little noticeable impact, as the junior U.S. Senator from Florida came in a distant third in his state, while the “Duck Dynasty” Robertson family support of Donald Trump was a true reality TV victory for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in Louisiana in the March 5, 2016 primary contest.

Self-described Democratic socialist, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), took Nebraska and Kansas, with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton winning in LA.

Trump and Senator Ted Cruz split victories on March 5th, with Cruz winning caucuses in Kansas and Maine, and Trump winning Louisiana and Kentucky, scoring an edge in the states with the larger delegate counts.

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The other headline for March 5th voting ought to be that none of the so-called establishment candidates have won a race on the Republican side. Rubio became the default go-to person once establishment favorite, Jeb Bush, bowed out after his resounding defeat in South Carolina.

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The once-vaunted 100+ million dollar war chest of the Bush campaign and the pro-Bush super PACs failed to dent The Donald’s populist/nationalist and self-described “common sense conservatism” movement. Some argue that attacks on Trump have actually helped him with voters angry at the establishment and the political status quo. Anti-Trump super PACs have pledged to spend up to $40 million in negative TV ads, hoping to derail the candidate’s momentum with voters.

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Rubio – who came to Washington, DC as a Tea Party candidate –  has won in Minnesota and is expected to do well in Puerto Rico; but polling and the upcoming map for his campaign looks grim.

If it’s a tough road for Rubio, the path for under-funded Ohio Governor John Kasich is even more problematic. Each must win their home states on March 15, but each faces stiff challenges in their own turfs and beyond.

An emboldened Ted Cruz campaign narrative not only continues to declare that his is the only campaign that has been able to consistently upend Trump, Cruz is essentially forcing a showdown with the real estate titan by opening ten well placed campaign offices in FL. 

Anti-Trump talk radio show host, Erick Erickson, called Saturday morning for Rubio to join Ted Cruz’s campaign as his VP, as yet another attempt to derail Donald Trump’s otherwise apparent path to the Republican party nomination. 

Drudge Report headline says that Trump has called on Rubio to bow out. Trump has brushed off Rubio’s recent attacks – which were essentially repeated and underscored by 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney – as having the same impact as that of others, like former Governor Jeb Bush who tried it before. Trump called Romney a “failed candidate” who blew an election he should have won against the “failed presidency of Barack Obama.

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Voter turnout for Democratic candidates has been down so far in 2016 vs. the 2008 election cycle. By contrast, the energy created on the hotly contested Republican side has seen record voting, with increases of 50% and more in various states to date.  In Massachusetts, reports say that some 20,000 Democrats left their party to vote in the Republican primary.

Those facts have bolstered the Trump campaign claims that it has brought in Democrats and Independents, and could in a general election, win in states such as deep blue New York or New Jersey, as well as swing states such as Florida, Ohio, Virginia or Pennsylvania. Trump says that Hillary’s campaign fears running against him.  Indeed, Clinton has mentioned Trump directly or by inference, while generally ignoring other Republican candidates.

The Campaign and the MH Industry

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CFPB regulations has made buying and selling manufactured homes under $75k more difficult, and the impact on manufactured homes with a value under $20,000 has been even more severe. This has trapped many would-be buyers in a de facto Renters Nation. Image credit, MHProNews.

Rubio has supported the manufactured housing industry’s reforms sought in the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act, S 682. The Washington Post quotes Ted Cruz as saying, Five major agencies that I would eliminate: the IRS, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Energy, the Department of Commerce and HUD.” Cruz has suggested the functions of those agencies could be sent back to states or to other federal departments, which leaves manufactured housing industry members wondering – would the HUD Code manufactured home program functions be transferred to, say, the Department of the Interior?

Democratic candidates have favored no changes on Dodd-Frank that might help affordable housing.  HR 650 passed the House in the spring of 2015 with bi-partisan support, and the current state of the CFPB’s regulations harms the resale values of millions of lower cost manufactured home and conventional housing owners

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CFPB regulations restricts free speech rights, one of the changes sought in HR 650/S 682 MLO rule.  The CFPB furthermore restricts lending – even by those who risk their own capital to make loans on manufactured homes. Learn more at the video linked here. Image credit, MHProNews.

Donald Trump was quoted by The Hill  as saying, We have DoddFrank and we’re in a bubble right now anyway,” Trump has called Dodd-Frank “Terrible,” and along with other Republican candidates, has said he’d repeal the legislation that created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

While many questions remain on the specifics of what impact the policy positions of each of the campaigns might have on affordable housing in general, and manufactured housing in particular, there is little doubt that the Democratic front runner’s greatest primary challenge is the FBI and the DOJ, while the upcoming math and momentum strongly favors Donald Trump. ##

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