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Tea Party Republicans challenging Incumbents over SAFE Act, Constitutional issues

August 26th, 2013 Comments off

rob-ariago-credit-poststar-posted-manufactured-housing-pro-news-daily-business-news-Two tea party Republicans serving on the Wilton Republican Committee are part of what may be an re-emerging pattern within the ranks of the party. Not unlike the 2010 Tea Party revolution that brought dozens of Republicans into the House of Representatives, local candidates Rob Arrigo and Elaine Gerber are challenging incumbent state Republican Committee members Todd Kusnierz and Shirley Needham on September 10th. The 2009 Pulitzer Prize winning PostStar tells MHProNews the candidates are vying for committee representation of northeastern Saratoga County municipalities in New York’s 113th Assembly District. Rob Arrigo said Saratoga County needs a stronger voice on constitutional issues, such as the SAFE Act and gun control legislation enacted in January. “Unfortunately the SAFE Act was passed not just with Democrats, but it was passed largely because (state Sen. Majority Leader) Dean Skelos, R-Long Island, allowed a vote on the SAFE Act in the New York State Senate,” he said. “That is unacceptable, and we want to go and hold those elected officials accountable. And the best place to do that is on the state committee.” Since MHProNews knows the SAFE Act is a big issue for manufactured housing professionals, we will track this re-emerging trend to see its potential impact on Congressional races in the upcoming 2014 election. ##

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Del. Rent Control Law to be Explained

July 24th, 2013 Comments off

Following the receipt of letters by manufactured housing community residents from landlords allegedly trying to lock them into long-term leases with built-in increases, two Del. lawmakers are holding a meeting on the new rent control measure set to become law Jan. 1. Under the new bill, community owners will be required to justify increasing rents above the Consumer Price Index (CPI) average for the past three years. House Majority Leader Valarie Longhurst (D-Bear) and Sen. Nicole Poore (D-New Castle) will hold the meeting Wed. night, July 24 in Bear, in northern Del. As radio station WDDE informs MHProNews, Longhurst, noting how contentious the issue has become in the last few years, says, “It was a consensus bill. The landowners didn’t get everything they wanted, the homeowners didn’t get everything that they wanted.”

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MHC “Rent Justification” Defeated

June 20th, 2012 Comments off

Harking back to a story we posted May 3, 2012, the Delaware House of Representatives was considering a bill that would require approval from the Governor’s Advisory Council on Manufactured Housing for any increase in rent at an MHC beyond the consumer price index. DelawareFirst tells MHProNews Senate Bill 205, called the “rent justification bill,” failed to pass despite strong support from House Majority Whip Valerie Longhurst and House Majority Leader Pete Schwartzkopf. They said they are encouraged because the bill has been debated for years and it will likely be on the agenda in January. Longhurst, speaking to red-shirted supporters of the measure on the steps of Legislative Hall afterward said, “This is the furthest it’s ever gotten in the General Assembly.”

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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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