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Ready Player One, “Mobile Home Stacks,” and the Manufactured Home Industry Reality Check

August 7th, 2018 No comments
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Not utopia, dystopia – with ‘mobile homes’ as the dark punch line.

Culture is often a reflection of entertainment, and entertainment often influences society, and thus culture.

 

With that in mind, what did the movie Ready Player One  tell the manufactured housing industry?

Ready Player One (RP1) featured people living “in “stacks,” which are literally mobile homes piled on top of one another to near skyscraper heights.” So said CinemaBlend.

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Ready Player One, 99 Percent Invisible.

The story: Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) lives in the not-so-distant future, where poor people live in towering piles of mobile homes called “stacks” and everyone escapes their unfulfilling flesh-and-blood lives by logging into a massive virtual reality universe called the Oasis,” said a reviewer for the East Idaho News.

Ready Player One” could have used a few more scenes establishing how crummy life in 2045 is, and why people choose the Oasis over the real world.”

Translation, isn’t that reviewer, and the tale brought to life by “legendary director Steven Spielberg telling the mostly-youthful audience that came to watch the film that living in “mobile homes” is “crummy”…?

The producers did some homework, as Oklahoma City, once home to the most intense ‘mobile home row’ in the country, was part of the backdrop to the story. 

Escapism from what the movie projects as a dark lifestyle is what the story is about.

No Added Support

The Daily Business News team enjoys a good flick.  But we had zero intent to be part of the half billion dollar plus global box office that this movie’s generated.

Besides, what we wanted to know was better discovered by reviews and commentary, than by seeing the movie.

RP1’s Wikia said, “The Stacks are a type of refugee shanty villages that were constructed on the outskirts of most major cities during the rise of the global energy crisis.”

The Stacks are named due to how the dozens of trailers and similar mobile living quarters that make up the spaces are stacked on top of one another in “stacks”, held together by metal beams, pipes and makeshift girders. They were created to save space, labor, and resources. This cheap construction caused the over crowded homes to become a breeding ground for theft, murder, molestation and other heinous activities,” per the RP1 Wikia.

They continued, “The top level or “roof” of each stack is blanketed with a patchwork array of old solar panels that provided supplemental power to the units below. A bundle of hoses and corrugated tubing snake up and down the side of each stack, supplying water to each trailer and carrying away sewage (although not every Stack is reported to possess such luxuries). Very little sunlight make it to the bottom level (known as the “floor”) and the ground between the stacks are clogged with abandoned cars and trucks that have to be cleared away by construction cranes before a new stack can be created.”

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The image of the industry to a mostly younger audience was…well, see for yourself as their summary of the “history of the Stacks” continued like this.

 

“The Stacks” Fictional History

In RP1, “The Stacks were originally trailer parks that were inundated with refugees who sought to live closer to the cities as the energy crisis hit. An idea to stack the trailer parks caught on and trailer parks across the country quickly evolved into “stacks”; strange hybrids of shanty towns, squatter settlements and refugee camps. These parks began forming scattered around the outskirts of most major cities overflowing with uprooted rednecks had fled their dying towns to the nearest metropolis.”

You get the idea.

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The PG 13 rating is targeted for a younger audience. as was the retro video game elements of the story.

What other American industry, that’s legal, gets this kind of treatment?’

What if you transposed factory built homes for a minority group, would any movie maker have undertaken such a project?

The response online from Arlington was deafening, even after we spotlighted the topic last March.  Isn’t it logical to think that Hollywood moguls watched years of denigration of manufactured homes, saw near zero push-back, and felt this kind of movie was safe for them to make?

“Ready Player One” Movie – Unsubtle Slam on Manufactured Housing?

The manufactured home industry arguably needs a civil rights movement type of response.  One that celebrates manufactured home living, rather than disparages the residents of the homes our industry produces.

A civil rights movie icon said, “He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Loan Zone Manufactured Home Buyers, Sellers – CU Insight on Fannie, Freddie and Duty to Serve Manufactured Housing Industry

August 3rd, 2018 Comments off
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Despite news reports that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will start pilot programs for chattel manufactured home loans, don’t look for a big move by them any time soon in this arena,” said the CU Insight yesterday.

The CU Insight’s about us page says, “…is the place for all things credit union. We are the leading digital source connecting the credit union community to news, opinion, press…” – in short, its their communication platform with media, credit unions and their members.

That slowness [by the GSEs] is unfortunate because manufactured homes could be a key component to solving the problem of affordable housing in this country,” said the credit union group’s publication. “Creating a secondary market for these loans would make it possible for more lenders to provide them. And a large number of people could potentially benefit.  The GSEs re-entering the space, also gives the this loan type more credibility as a secondary market investment product.”

In short, the credit unions are politely sounding frustrated with the GSEs, and by extension, the FHFA.

This column by Chuck Smith with CU Management, specifically mentions Credit Human, previously known as San Antonio Credit Union,, which is perhaps the largest credit union serving the manufactured housing industry, although there are many others, including the one shown in the interview below.

 

Another Fact Error? 

According to the latest figures published by the U.S. Census Bureau, 18 million Americans live in a manufactured home.” The more common figure is 22 million, see the below.

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Sales had been in a steady decline from the highs of around 370,000 in 1998,” said Smith. “The lowest years on record with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development were 2009-2010 with around 50,000 annual sales. There were approximately 93,000 units sold in 2017. Approximately 80 percent of new manufactured homes sold are titled as “chattel,” which means an item of property other than real estate. About 35 percent of those are placed in manufactured home communities and 65 percent are placed on privately owned land. The average sales price in December 2017 was $53,400 for a single-wide unit and $92,800 for a multi-sectional.” Most of that is close, but once more, see the linked report above for the latest fact-checked data.

Smith’s next line is polite, but still wags a finger at the GSEs again.

The two government-sponsored enterprises are mandated by the Federal Housing Enterprises Financial Safety and Soundness Act of 1992, as amended by the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008, to provide mortgage financing for residential properties that serve low- to moderate-income families. This is a market that some credit unions and CUSOs are very familiar and have been serving since their inception. $2.9 billion Credit Human Federal Credit Union, San Antonio, is one of the top chattel lenders in the country.”

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Blackstone Brilliantly Bets Big On Manufactured Housing, Enters Manufactured Home Communities Contest

July 27th, 2018 Comments off

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Blackstone Group LP has made its first bet on manufactured housing by buying a portfolio of communities sold by Tricon Capital Group Inc., according to people with knowledge of the matter,” said Bloomberg earlier today.

As the Daily Business News on MHProNews reported earlier this month, Tricon sold their portfolio to an undisclosed buyer.  Bloomberg says that buyer is The Blackstone Group (BX).

Sale of $172 Million Manufactured Home Community Portfolio Completed

“…a principal investor and asset manager focused on the residential real estate industry, has completed the previously-announced sale of its 14-park manufactured housing investment vertical known as Tricon Lifestyle Communities (“TLC”) to an institutional asset manager for a gross transaction value of approximately $172 million.”

A Blackstone representative declined to comment and a Tricon representative didn’t respond to requests for comment,” said Bloomberg.

Manufactured housing communities are comprised of prefabricated homes often located near common facilities such as pools and recreation halls. This area of real estate is in favor with investors, in part because of the rising costs of homebuilding. The average price of a new manufactured home in the U.S. was $73,400, according to U.S. Census Bureau data that was last updated in February,” was Bloomberg’s better-than-average mainstream media description of the industry.

Blackstone isn’t the first institutional investor to dive into manufactured housing,” their report correctly noted. “Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund GIC Pte. in 2016 was part of a group that acquired a majority stake in YES! Communities.”

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Tricon announced that they planed ‘an orderly exit’ from manufactured home communities in 2018, per a 2017 company statement. The details of that deal are now becoming more clear.  Given their size, this has the potential to be as significant to the industry as Berkshire Hathaway’s entry into manufactured housing in 2003. 

Centerbridge Partners LP was an early investor in Carefree Communities Inc., which was acquired by Sun Communities Inc. in 2016. Apollo Global Management LLC owns a majority stake in Gold River, California-based Inspire Communities and Carlyle Group LP has also been active in the sector,” wrote Bloomberg’s Gillian Tan.

Evercore ISI analysts said in a note this month that they expect manufactured housing fundamentals to remain strong,” said Tan, “with projected core same-store net operating income growth of 4 percent to 4.5 percent annually over the next three years, substantially above the 2.5 percent average growth the firm expects from U.S. real estate investment trusts.”

Equity LifeStyle Properties Inc. and Sun Communities, two REITs with sizable exposure to manufactured housing, have both outperformed the Bloomberg U.S. REITs Index over the past 12 months,” per Tan’s report.

 

About Blackstone

Our investments are designed to preserve and grow our limited partners’ capital, provide financial security for millions of retirees, sovereign wealth funds, and other institutional and individual investors, and contribute to overall economic growth,” per the “Who We Are” on their corporate website.

Blackstone is one of the world’s leading investment firms. We seek to create positive economic impact and long-term value for our investors, the companies we invest in, and the communities in which we work. We do this by using extraordinary people and flexible capital to help companies solve problems. The firm was founded in 1985 by Stephen A. Schwarzman, our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Peter G. Peterson, who retired as Senior Chairman in 2008,” per the company.

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Thirty years later, we are a firm of nearly 2,300 employees in 25 offices worldwide. Our portfolio companies employ more than 460,000 people across the globe,” which also touts that “At Blackstone, we apply our capabilities as a leading global investment firm to deliver solutions, unlock value and propel growth. The capital we deploy on behalf of our investors fuels the development of businesses and communities. The investments we make are the wellsprings of future opportunity. Through this work, we seek to ensure a secure retirement for millions.”

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“Even When We Had a Hurricane, It Wasn’t This Bad,” Profitably Decoding Post-Windstorm, Survivor of Possible Tornadoes Statement, Impacting Manufactured Home Community, Manufactured Housing Industry

July 25th, 2018 Comments off

 

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The weather event earlier this week was first reported as a tornado strike by local media on a “mobile home park1” which in this case appears to be a manufactured home community.

 

Profitably Decoding Windstorm Reports for Industry Professionals

Before diving into the details, this Daily Business News brief will pull back the curtain to examine the dynamics behind windstorm and news reporting.

While some media are established purely for messaging purposes, apart from a profit motive, much of the mainstream media is a business.  Media-as-business naturally has a business model.  That business model boils down to eyeballs, audience share, clicks and ratings, which translate into ad revenues.

For those who believe in free enterprise, all of that – done ethically – is just fine.  An example of what pays for media are the ads on the right.

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In print digital, radio, TV and cable news rooms across America, death, danger, damage, and destruction are the stuff that headlines and sound bites are built upon.

Damage’ in media can be physical damage. But ‘damage’ can also be damage or harm to some person’s, group’s or product’s reputation.

In deciding what stories to cover, for decades the slogan in newsrooms has been expressed by media mantras like this one, “If it bleeds, it leads.”

If there are competing tragedies or tumult, the one that a news operation’s producers or management perceives has the greater headline value routinely wins more coverage.  Networks and publishers also want some balance – which includes ‘good news’ or light hearted items.

If an operation is into a certain “narrative” on a topic, that media operation will likely follow the lead of the previously established narrative or talking points.

With that background, let’s briefly examine a windstorm this week, to see how local media reported the weather event. We’ll decode from that experience some of what appears to have actually occurred.

Because the headline and the reality – intentional or not – were quite distinct matters.

That said, author Beau Zimmer for WTSP obliquely revealed a powerful truth behind many of the mainstream media reports on manufactured homes (MH), mobile homes, and windstorm reporting.

 

Palmetto, Florida Weather Event Impacts Manufactured Home Community

The National Weather Service has determined damage to a Mobile Home Park and Apartment complex in the Palmetto area of Manatee County was caused by straight line winds and not a tornado,” said Beau Zimmer.

While Zimmer’s opening line mentions apartment complex damage, the video by WTSP focused exclusively on the community which includes both pre-HUD Code mobile homes, and post June 15, 1976 HUD Code manufactured homes.

Residents of the Coach House Mobile Home Park say they were awakened by strong storms early Monday morning,” stated Zimmer.

You heard a lot of wind and then all of a sudden I started hearing things hit my place,” said resident Bobbie Ray. “Even when we had the hurricane, it wasn’t this bad.”

The Florida Manufactured Housing Association (FMHA) – or a national post-production trade association worth their salt – may want to debrief this event. Because if the resident is correct in saying that this incident was truly worse than hurricane damage – while still tragic for some – the background reality reveals an event that the majority of factory-built homes visible in the video have little or no visible damage. Zimmer notes something similar.

Winds generated by the storm and suspected microburst ripped off the roof of at least one mobile home and also damaged the community’s maintenance garage. Downed power lines could be seen throughout the neighborhood along with a fence boarding the neighboring property which was mostly gone,” wrote Zimmer.

Here terminology – the difference between a mobile home and a manufactured home – is significant. Because there are visual clues that an expert in mobile and manufactured housing can spot. The destroyed and damaged homes may indeed have been true, pre-HUD Code mobile homes. What appears to be a true mobile home is visible in the WTSP video.

Rephrased, the home destroyed may well have been a mobile home.  That’s important.

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Returning to WTSP’s narrative, “Just a lot of wind and just a big thud… and that’s it,” recalls Larry Huss who lost a portion of his roof. “It [the storm] just came in on us, and there it was.”

Power was restored to most of the neighborhood within several hours but electric crew continue working to repair lines and snapped power poles” said Zimmer.

 

Going to the Dogs – Damage, But No Deaths Reported

Recalling the negative spin following a windstorm by mainstream media last year out of North Carolina, Brad Lovin observed that hand-picked information could be worse for the industry than entity false information.

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To see the 2017 NC report on tornadoes and manufactured homes, click here.

 

In the WTSP report, the damage to an apartment complex isn’t mentioned at all in the video which aired live during a broadcast/cablecast.

MHLivingNews and MHProNews have emphasized for years that all premature deaths or avoidable tragedies are understandably lamented.

That said, the analysis of the cold, hard facts often reveal just how few deaths there are per year from tornadoes or windstorms that strike and kill residents of mobile and manufactured homes.  Note none were mentioned in this incident.

There are more deaths from dog attacks each year than there are people that die during a windstorm that had a mobile or manufactured home as their residence.

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Cars, cigarettes, too much sugar, and a long laundry list of events that involve or contribute to death would reveal the following.  Death tied to a mobile or manufactured home (MH) during a windstorm are close to the bottom of the list of what ends a life.

For example, in 2017, National Weather Service (NWS) data reflect that the odds were over 1,000,000 to 1 in the favor of the an MH resident that they would be safe from storm related death.  That’s a statistic this writer has never heard or read from a mainstream media report. Have you?

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To learn more about mobile and manufactured homes and windstorms from weather expert, Greg Schoor and others, click here.

 

The MH Industry has Responsibility to Educate and Engage the Media  

The MH industry arguably has a responsibility to routinely engage the media, as publisher L. A. “Tony” Kovach and a panel he organized for the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) presented some years ago.

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While Ann Parman was gracious and appreciative, she has since announced her retirement. MHI, for whatever motives, failed to do anything substantive on the windstorm or media engagement issues. Years later, an advertorial, a press release, or a post on the topic of manufactured home safety and durability simply isn’t enough. The proof is the routinely flawed or misleading mainstream media reports.

Media and researchers must be directly and routinely engaged.

Minds must be won over by reason and reality.

What that means in practice is that until the majority of media and researchers ‘grasp the facts’ about modern manufactured homes, vs. the decades of myths, the industry must organize and address the issues which are limiting the HUD Code manufactured housing industry’s potential of selling 500,000 to 1,000,000 new home units per year.

Voices among the tech-giants have concluded that only factory-home building can meet the shortage between conventional building and the number of housing units needed in the U.S.

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One of the great fears that’s falsely been whipped up among the public is the mistaken notion that ‘mobile homes are tornado magnets.’ Steady, routine engagement with every reporter, news producer or editor that misuse terminology – or misreport reality – are a key part of what must take place to debunk the false notions about the strength and safety of our industry’s modern homes.

The HUD Code was created in part as the response by leaders of the pre-code industry to negative media coverage. There were relatively few builders of mobile homes in the late 1960s and early 1970s that did a truly bad job. Many before the HUD Code were building to ANSI, UL, or other standards.

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But the mobile home industry responded to those negatives by addressing the cause.  They did so by seeking federal regulation. should be noted that the FMHA does a far better job on this windstorm topic than many others in the industry have done. That said, the facts – especially those from third parties – must be hammered home.  The below is an example.

Compared with the unregulated mobile/trailer homes of the past, the manufactured homes built after 1976 have a higher level of safety, durability, and quality, and the small fraction of homes damaged during hurricanes attests to their safety and durability.” – Scholastica “Gay” D. Cororaton, Certified Business Economist (CBE), National Association of Realtors ® (NAR).

The industry must hammer home, time and again:

  • The mobile homes of the past were built to different or even no standards,
  • manufactured homes (MH) today all must meet critical safety, energy, and quality standards that yield more durability.
  • The HUD Code was the fix for mobile home safety,
  • The Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 addressed installation standards, plus provided key provisions for ongoing improvements which includes industry input via the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC).
  • The Dispute Resolution Program gives a consumer safeguard not found in conventional housing.

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The MH industry’s members can stand tall. The manufactured home industry’s homeowners can and should be proud.

As a possible explanation for what occurred in this Florida weather incident, the video below explains that improper carports or awnings or other attachments cause about 80 percent of the failures of a manufactured home during a windstorm. That’s per Tim Reinhold, PhD – the chief engineer for the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS).  Note that some of the debris shown by the local news videos resembles that of a carport or attachment.

 

Next Steps?

Arguably an industry organization must be forged that deals with such media engagement issues on an ongoing basis.

This trade media has already, and can continue moving forward, to compliment that educational effort. It is obvious that we operate distinctly from mainstream media. Our interests as trade media – as with most trade media – are to honestly, ethically advance the interests of manufactured home owners, industry professionals and investors. Proper care for the interests of customers and residents, results in professionals and investors being able to sustainably profit.

Solving the affordable housing crisis should be a key theme for the manufactured home industry. That’s a social motive that should move mainstream media or researchers to consider the conclusion that CBE Scholastica came to, recapped anew in the graphic below.
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Footnote 1: examples of the proper terminology for manufactured homes are suggested by Scholastica “Gay” Cororaton, CBE, in the quote above.  Homes before June 15, 1976 are mobile homes.  Those that could be pulled with a car or pickup are trailer houses.  Those built to the HUD Code for manufactured homes after June 15, 1976 carry a red HUD label or seal.  The terminology is not optional.

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HUD Code Manufactured Home Production Report, May 2018, State-by-State Total

July 3rd, 2018 Comments off

 

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The Institute for Building Technology & Safety (IBTS) released the statistics for May 2018 this morning.

The data is shown as below, based upon facts compiled for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

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A more complete breakdown of HUD Code new manufactured home shipments data will be published later this week. 

Manufactured Home Production and Shipment Report, April 2018, per MHARR, HUD, IBTS

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Going to Pot – Marijuana, Illegal Drugs Controversies, and Manufactured Housing

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There are no known industry specific statistics, but it is safe to say that thousands of manufactured housing (MH) communities have dealt in some form of fashion with the problem of illegal drugs. The same is true with MH factories or other workplaces. Employers tell MHProNews anecdotally that a significant percentage of people who apply for work have a problem with drugs, alcohol or other forms of substance abuse.

 

A growing number of Americans are employed. One manufacturer told MHProNews that they would like to open another production center in Florida. It is a well capitalized company.

What has been their hold up? In a phrase, the competition for an able workforce.

 

Controversial – Drugs, Society and Employment

States have increasingly been debating the issue of legalizing “pot” or marijuana. It is on the surface a vexing issue.

States are routinely hungry for new tax sources, and marijuana fit the bill for voters in Colorado, which legalized the sale of pot in 2012.

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U.S. Senator Cory Booker, (D-NJ).

The Denver Post said that in 2017, there was $1.5 billion dollars in sales, and “Colorado collected upward of $247 million in taxes and fees revenue from marijuana sales.”

What are the downsides?

In a USA Today op-ed, Jeff Hunt said, “Marijuana devastated Colorado, don’t legalize it nationally.”

Hunt pointed to federal legislation promoted by Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), which would legalize marijuana nationally.

Hunt said, “Our country is facing a drug epidemic. Legalizing recreational marijuana will do nothing that Senator Booker expects. We heard many of these same promises in 2012 when Colorado legalized recreational marijuana.”

In the years since, Colorado has seen an increase in marijuana related traffic deaths, poison control calls, and emergency room visits. The marijuana black market has increased in Colorado, not decreased. And, numerous Colorado marijuana regulators have been indicted for corruption,” said Hunt.

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Jeff Hunt, Vice President of Public Policy at Colorado Christian University,

In fiscal year 2016, marijuana tax revenue resulted in $156,701,018. The total tax revenue for Colorado was $13,327,123,798, making marijuana only 1.18% of the state’s total tax revenue,” wrote Hunt. “The cost of marijuana legalization in public awareness campaigns, law enforcement, healthcare treatment, addiction recovery, and preventative work is an unknown cost to date.”

Senator Booker stated his reasons for legalizing marijuana is to reduce “marijuana arrests happening so much in our country, targeting certain communities – poor communities, minority communities.” It’s a noble cause to seek to reduce incarceration rates among these communities but legalizing marijuana has had the opposite effect,” said Hunt.

According to the Colorado Department of Public Safety, arrests in Colorado of black and Latino youth for marijuana possession have increased 58% and 29% respectively after legalization,” Hunt said, adding “This means that Black and Latino youth are being arrested more for marijuana possession after it became legal.”

 

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Furthermore,” said Hunt “a vast majority of Colorado’s marijuana businesses are concentrated in neighborhoods of color. Leaders from these communities, many of whom initially voted to legalize recreational marijuana, often speak out about the negative impacts of these businesses.”

The true impact of marijuana on our communities is just starting to be learned,” Hunt, who is Vice President of Public Policy at Colorado Christian University, wrote.

Given Hunt’s vantage point as an educator, it is interesting to note the his following factoids.

Senator Booker released his bill a few days after the Washington Post reported on a study by the Review of Economic Studies, said Hunt.

That report found “college students with access to recreational cannabis on average earn worse grades and fail classes at a higher rate.” Getting off marijuana especially helped lower performing students who were at risk of dropping out. Since legalizing marijuana, Colorado’s youth marijuana use rate is the highest in the nation, 74% higher than the national average, according to the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Report. This is having terribly negative effects on the education of our youth.”

To say that Hunt is against legalization for fact-based reasons is clear.

But what is absent from Hunt’s thoughtful column is the history of prohibition and alcohol in the U.S.

The U.S. tried and failed to make alcohol illegal. It resulted in black markets, gangs, and criminalized behaviors that have been legal in some parts of the world for centuries. The war on alcohol failed as badly as the war on drugs has.

Perhaps what is necessary is to strike some middle ground?

President Trump recently pardoned a non-violent drug offender. Per Vox, “Kim Kardashian West did it: President Donald Trump has commuted the life sentence of Alice Johnson, the 63-year-old great grandmother in prison for drug trafficking, whose cause Kardashian lobbied for in the Oval Office.

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At the end of the day, there is a need to get to the heart of what drives people to use – or abuse – substances in the first place. With millions incarcerated over the years for drug related crimes, that has a high cost to society.  But as Hunt points out the legalization hasn’t changed all of that either.

Getting to the root issues of what causes people to turn to a controlled substance must be part of the solution. Much of what has been done so far clearly has not worked.

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There are 6.7 million job openings and just 6.4 million available workers to fill them,” said CNBC on June 5, 2018.

The labor force participation rate is still low, as the chart reflects.

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It is still early in the Trump Administration, and the labor force participation rate has been improving. Still, as the data reflects, it is at historic lows. Part of the problem? According to experts, substance abuse.

The Trump Administration policies have been pro-growth for business. Incomes are starting to rise. Claims for unemployment and so-called “entitlement” programs are starting to fall.

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Employment is surging, and so too is the demand for skilled workers. Efforts to train former inmates, and other vocational training are parts of the policy discussions, which impact manufactured housing and all other industries too.

The vexing issue of drugs and substance abuse impacts manufactured housing industry businesses of all kinds. A happy medium must be found, because much of U.S. policy for over 50 years has proven ineffective, costly, and harmful to millions. “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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Ease Shortage with 400,000 More Manufactured Homes for California, says Jonathan Lansner, MHI’s Next CEO?

June 18th, 2018 Comments off
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Industry professionals should note the mixing of nomenclature, or feel a level of angst in reading in California’s Orange County Register the following.

 

Look, I know mobile homes[1] are not for everybody and have a nasty stigma that is sometimes deserved.”

That line was preceded by the opening words, “Bet you didn’t know California has 517,173 mobile homes[1].”

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Citing U.S. Census Bureau data, columnist Jonathan Lansner said, “Only three states had more mobile homes[1] than California. But as the nation’s most populous state, it’s another affordable-housing metric where California trails the pack: pre-fabricated homes are a tiny share of our residential-living supply — 3.7 percent vs. 6.6 percent in the rest of the nation.”

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Lansner has teed up various facts – and takes a stab at the boil after his stigma comment – by saying, “But when the state’s having a serious rethinking of its housing policies — actions to come eventually, hopefully — shouldn’t everything be on the table?

Manufactured home (MH) industry pros could wince over the nomenclature, but must also note his salient point. Namely, that California ought to have more manufactured homes. How many more?

Lansner says the state is about “400,000” homes short of the national average for MH per state.

He then argues that the reason that other states have a lower housing cost is due in part to the fact that those states have more manufactured homes than California does.

Start with construction costs: The typical new “manufactured home” sold in the U.S. between 2007 and 2015 was 1,500 square feet and went for $64,000. Building the average new, single-family home — minus the land price — cost $230,598 for 2,556 square feet,” said Lansner.

For an MH outsider looking in, fascinating points he’s making with his “spreadsheet” and calculator, aren’t they?

 

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As dedicated Daily Business News readers recall, history-making Rollohome went from zero to 60,000 homes in just two years. You can read the following linked report later, for more insights.

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Lansner, his nomenclature aside, arguably makes a far better case than the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) President and CEO, Richard “Dick” Jennison.  Readers may recall that Jennison inexplicably argued for slow MH industry growth.

Pardon us, Dick? During the nation’s affordable housing crisis? Did Jennison not know about rapid ramp-up cases like Rollohome? Who promised Jennison that bonus and raise for saying or supporting stunning thoughts like that?

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So, who were or are the geniuses and driving forces behind MHI’s president calling for slow growth? How does that help a state like California? Or the other 49 states, which all-in need some 8.3 million more affordable homes?

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Please, give the MH Industry someone who thinks more like Lansner.

 

Lansner on California vs. Other Top MH States

Lansner doesn’t go into other facts, like California leading the nation in homelessness. The New York Times reported on Dec 21, 2017 that “This year that number [of homeless in the U.S.] reached nearly 554,000 — a 1 percent increase from last year, driven by the dramatic surge in West Coast cities. More than one-quarter of the total homeless population nationwide lives in California, roughly 114,000.”

Nor does his OCRegister column deal with land use, zoning, or a range of state regulatory, immigration, or tax issues that are also arguably hobbling opportunities in the Golden State.

Instead, Lansner’s laser focused on getting more manufactured homes. “Just look at economic competitors for California, the three states with more mobile homes[1].”

Lansner argues, ”Florida is the U.S. leader with 830,351 mobile homes. [1] That’s 9.1 percent of its housing supply and the 16th highest share nationally. It’s a good bet mobile homes[1] help put Florida’s monthly housing costs 32 percent below California, according to Census data.

Wonder why the median home value of a Florida home is $166,800 vs. California’s is $409,300? (That’s the value of all homes, not those that sold.) Or why 65 percent of Floridians are homeowners vs. 54 percent in California?”

Then the OCRegister writer says, “No. 2 is Texas with 762,848 mobile homes[1] or 7.3 percent of its housing supply — No. 23 nationally. It’s got housing costs 35 percent below California; a typical home valued at $142,700; and 62 percent ownership.”

He rounds out the top four states with the most pre-HUD Code mobile homes, and post-HUD Code manufactured homes by saying, “Then there’s North Carolina with 590,302 mobile homes.[1]  That’s 13.3 percent of its housing supply — No. 7 nationally; housing costs 42 percent below California; a typical home worth $157,100; and 65 percent ownership. 

Where is the voice at MHI’s Arlington, VA headquarters making similar arguments to grow our industry?

Could the industry’s leaders have Lansner trained for a week on nomenclature plus some fine points, and then promote Lansner with his moxie to take Jennison’s spot at MHI?

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Lansner for MHI’s next President?;

But nobody brags about any state’s share of mobile homes. [1] In fact, it seems to be a little dirty secret when you look at the nation’s most “affordable” places to live,” Lansner said. It was an avoidable hyperbole.  But was he – like MHProNews also does at times – being satirical, to make his other compelling points?

He ends on a high note. 

Still, if California is serious about driving housing costs down — and ownership opportunities up — tough choices must be made. Novel thinking about far smaller homes in various formats should be on the table.”

The link to Lansner‘s interesting column is found here.

If the fine folks in Arlington, Knoxville and Omaha are willing to take their foot-off-the-pedals driving more industry consolidation – taking place at the very time millions of more manufactured homes are so desperately needed – do you think they may give Lansner an opportunity to replace Jennison as MHI’s president?

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Footnotes:

[1] Mobile homes” and “manufactured homes” (MH) are not interchangeable terms, as well informed MH industry professionals know.  Regrettably, the Census Bureau has not yet made the move to differentiate between pre-HUD Code mobile homes and post June, 15, 1976 manufactured homes.  About 20 percent of the estimated 8.8 million of both types of MH housing units are mobile homes, the other 80 percent are manufactured homes.

2) A robust use of enhanced preemption and other parts of FHA and DTS would rapidly solve the affordable housing crisis, using primarily private capital.  See related reports, linked below.

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Is Your Operation a David vs. a Goliath? 4 Keys to Success, Monday Morning Manufactured Housing Marketing and Sales Meeting

June 18th, 2018 Comments off
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The marketplace can get serious. What do you do?

Is your manufactured housing location or operation a small – or even tiny – David fighting a metaphorical Goliath?

 

The featured image above cuts to the chase of the ancient Biblical drama of David and Goliath. Let’s just say that despite the difference in size, plus long odds, David wins.

We don’t advocate beheading a competitor, even if that other firm has a bullseye aimed at you.

That said, most of the businesses in this industry are smaller businesses ‘battling’ in the marketplace against much larger operations. What to do?

 

How is Sustainable Success Achieved?

There are several questions that every owner, manager or investor ought to be asking themselves on a regular basis.

What are the factors that allow a small firm to outperform, or at least level the planting field, against a giant?  Let’s review some of the elements of success selling against a bigger company.

1) Outmaneuver them. Smaller firms can be more nimble. Why not learn something new that allows you to tap a market they are missing?

2) Be more motivated. I’ve personally spent most of my 25+ year manufactured home (MH) career doing what others thought couldn’t be done. That includes working with smaller firms in a given market competing against larger ones. Working with clients, we routinely dramatically raised sales, often outperforming the local giant’s location. If others can do it successfully, that means you can too.

3) Be better informed. First, let me stress that in under a week, we can take a newcomer to Manufactured Housing, and have them outselling many an MH industry veteran. BTW, being informed doesn’t mean you have to know everything to sell something. It is how you use what you know that can set your career and performance apart. Learn the basics, the fundamentals for success, and build on that from now on. I’ve seen MH industry sales veterans bore a buyer to death, and lose a sale they could have made. Use what you know with precision. Which brings us to the next point.

4) Don’t overkill.  A skilled surgeon may use a laser to make a very precise, and tiny cut. Precise use of the right – even limited – information, can yield success. By the way, a veteran who is open to learning new ways still has the advantage over a newbie.  Both the newcomer, and the veteran have potential advantages. Each has obvious shortfalls.

The foundation of all success are the use of good, proven, basic and honest principles. No one sells everyone. When the correct principles are put properly to work, they yield the desired outcome a good percentage of the time.

For example. If you are currently closing 1 in 25, and you raised that closing ratio to 2, 3 or 4 out of 25, you have the jet fuel needed for sustained success.

The bonus for today is point #5.  The right marketing and sales plan, plus honorable discipline.  The other guys must not be doing this, or they’d be selling up a storm, with loads of happy customers.

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Can you outperform, or at least level the playing field against Goliath? In Wisconsin, those who know would give a one-word answer.

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Sunday Morning Manufactured Home Industry Research, Reports, Headline News Recap 6.3.2018 to 6.10.2018

June 10th, 2018 Comments off
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Trivia: If you look carefully, the screen shot of the iPad above often looks like the MHProNews home page did on that Sunday morning.

Mensch

 

We’re preparing an article about a Jewish gentleman known by scores in the Manufactured Home (MH) industry.

In mentioning our research to a Jewish MH industry colleague, he said, “Make sure you say that he was a mensch.”

Google’s online dictionary defines the word “mensch” like this.

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noun NORTH AMERICAN informal

  1. a person of integrity and honor

The Urban Dictionary says, “A mensch is a someone to admire and emulate, someone of noble character. The key to being “a real mensch” is nothing less than character, rectitude, dignity, a sense of what is right, responsible.”

Dictionary.com says a mensch is a “person of strength and honor,” 1907, from Yiddish, from German Mensch, literally “man, person,” from Old High German mennisco “human,” from Proto-Germanic adjective *manniska- “human” (see mannish

Everyone, including we non-Jews (“the goyim”), can learn much from the mensch we are fortunate enough to encounter in life.

 

Divisions

Among the things Tony and I discuss from time to time is how governments, by accident or design, can divide people who otherwise can joyfully coexist side-by-side, absent irksome meddling.

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As R.C. Williams put it about a year ago, there are professional race-baiters. It’s a term used by others besides R.C., to describe individuals who literally make money stirring up racial discord, often using a non-profit, or other operation to collect money.

Political parties are useful in some ways, but it must also be acknowledged that political parties and their advocates have the tendency to divide people into “us vs. them.”

That can happen in professional groups too.

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We’re not among those who believe that every religion is equal.  There are for example, Satanists, not many believers would put them on the same level as other groups. But we acknowledge that if God-Who-Created all gave man free will, then we must respect other’s right to choose.

That doesn’t imply that in politics, religion, economic or other distinctions that dialogue should be avoided.

Robust, frank dialogue that seeks truth in all its forms is to be celebrated.

So, respectful dialogue on issues that divide people ought to be embraced.

Absent absolute standards of right and wrong, how can we recognize what’s criminal, okay or what soars to the level of what is honorable?

To be a mensch – an honorable person who acts with integrity – whatever one’s personal or demographic data might be – requires standards.

 

Back to Basics

Many a coach has taken a struggle team “back to basics,’ Tony says. When something is awry, the basics ought to be among the first its to examine.  When the industry is still at historically low levels of sales, everything that contributes to that should be evaluated.

When Tony and I met nearly 15 years ago, Tony was working in the Houston metro area. He described an impressive manufactured housing retail operation that had lots of traffic. It had leading edge tech at that time. The display made every home look as if it was ground set.  Every home was staged to the 9s.

That retailer had multiple outlets.

But as impressive as that retail operation was, as high as their traffic was, their conversion ratios were low. Their sales were low.

They ended up going bankrupt.

Tony said much of their plan was fine, but when people aren’t buying in sufficient numbers to sustain a business, it’s an obvious sign that one or more things are either missing or are not sufficiently emphasized.

That retailer never became a client of his. For a fraction of the cost of their monthly overhead, they could have invested and won. They pinched pennies, and it cost them millions. It’s but one of numerous examples of ways that a firm can fail.

The word “integrity” has several meanings. One is “the state of being whole and undivided.”

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Honest people can fail. Dishonest people can succeed for a time, as some criminal enterprises prove.

But ultimately every operation that has integrity – in a free enterprise system – learns to serve the public in ways that benefit the buyer, while profiting the seller. It must be a mutual victory.

That win-win requires a foundation, the basics. Every company or organization needs it.

When there’s one or more mensch in the mix, a person of integrity and honor, the odds for sustainable success arguably goes up.

We salute all people who are honorable, and who act with integrity.

With no further adieu, let’s look at the week that was, in over two dozen headline reports.

 

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Celebrate National Home Ownership Month, with 26 Cool Prefab Cribs, a $1 Billion Dollar Hybrid Mansion, 4 Fun Videos

What’s New on the Daily Business News on MHProNews

Saturday 6.9.2018

Politically Incorrect Cartoon Commentaries, Lighter Side of Making America and Manufactured Housing Great Again

Politically Incorrect Cartoon Commentaries, Lighter Side of Making America and Manufactured Housing Great Again

Friday 6.8.2018

“Final Nail in the Coffin,” Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Case Dismissed, Hensarling Reacts 

Oil Price Forecast, and Manufactured Housing, Plus MH Market Updates 

Manufactured Housing Institute Issues Alert – MHI Email Compromised

Manufactured Housing Institute Issues Alert – MHI Email Compromised

Manufactured Home Communities, Retailers, Developers Face Disruptive, Troubling Trend

Manufactured Home Communities, Retailers, Developers Face Disruptive, Troubling Trend

 

Thursday 6.7.2018

Reuters on U.S. Housing Price Pace, Manufactured Housing Visions

Buffett-Dimon Plan Dropping Guidance Harms Investor Insight, Analyst Bove Says, Plus Manufactured Home Market Updates

“Americans Deserve Accountability from Their Government,” Reforms, Result$, Counted, and Coming

“Americans Deserve Accountability from Their Government,” Reforms, Result$, Counted, and Coming

President Donald J. Trump Proclaims June 2018 as National Homeownership Month, Industry Reaction

 

Wednesday 6.6.2018 

Senator Elizabeth Warren, 2020 Presidential Prospect, Threatens Wave of New Regulations

Senator Elizabeth Warren, 2020 Presidential Prospect, Threatens Wave of New Regulations

“Gavin Newsom wants to turn this state [California] into Venezuela – we’re not going to let him,” John Cox – plus MH Market Updates

George Allen Reply to Mainstream Media re: Roane/Lackey/SECO Exposé, Plus MHI, MHARR, et al – “Make Manufactured Housing Great Again”

George Allen Reply to Mainstream Media re: Roane/Lackey/SECO Exposé, Plus MHI, MHARR, et al – “Make Manufactured Housing Great Again”

NorthStar and Manufactured Housing Radix

NorthStar and Manufactured Housing Radix

 

Tuesday 6.5.2018 

Doug Schoen, Clinton Adviser, warns – “Democrats must advance an agenda…to create a society of opportunity for all – not guaranteed outcomes achieved through wealth redistribution.”

Fannie Mae Touts MH Advantage Program, But Manufactured Housing Association Slams Plan as “Illegitimate,” “Bait and Switch”

Fannie Mae Touts MH Advantage Program, But Manufactured Housing Association Slams Plan as “Illegitimate,” “Bait and Switch”

Jobs, Jobs, More Jobs – What the Data Says, plus Manufactured Housing Industry Markets Update

President Trump Spotlights Factory Home Builder in Speech, Proven Promotion, Support of Industry Advancement

President Trump Spotlights Factory Home Builder in Speech, Proven Promotion, Support of Industry Advancement

 

Monday 6.4.2018

Skyline Champion Corporation Created as Skyline and Champion Home Builders Announce Closing of Business Combination, Exclusive Details

Skyline Champion Corporation Created as Skyline and Champion Home Builders Announce Closing of Business Combination, Exclusive Details

Koch Brothers Battling POTUS Trump Tariffs, Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow Defends, Stocks Jump, plus MH Market Updates

Manufactured Home Production and Shipment Report, April 2018, per MHARR, HUD, IBTS

Manufactured Home Production and Shipment Report, April 2018, per MHARR, HUD, IBTS

Truth or Consequences – Monday Morning Sales, Marketing Meeting

Truth or Consequences – Monday Morning Sales, Marketing Meeting

Sunday 6.3.2018

Sunday Morning Manufactured Home Industry Research, Reports, Headline News Recap 5.27.2018 to 6.3.2018

Sunday Morning Manufactured Home Industry Research, Reports, Headline News Recap 5.27.2018 to 6.3.2018

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“Americans Deserve Accountability from Their Government,” Reforms, Result$, Counted, and Coming

June 7th, 2018 Comments off

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Americans deserve accountability from their government,” President Donald J. Trump said.

 

In a release to the Daily Business News, the White House press room has provided a partial list of some of what the Trump Administration sees as accomplishments on behalf of the Americans.

Through the first 500 days of the Trump Administration, the President has refocused the Federal bureaucracy to make sure that voters are truly in charge of Washington,” the release said.

Among their bullets:

President Trump has issued multiple Executive Orders that reform the Civil Service, including making union contracts open to public inspection, cutting down on taxpayer-funded union activities at Federal agencies, and easing the process to remove poor-performing workers.
The Administration is operating under a “One Federal Decision” memorandum of understanding for infrastructure, which puts the burden of coordinating complex permitting reviews on Federal officials, not applicants.
Despite obstruction from Congressional Democrats, the President has appointed a record number of Federal judges who are interpreting the law as it is written, promoting federalism, and standing for Constitutional liberties to combat government overreach.

As MHProNews has noted in recent reports, such as those linked below, the president is a builder, who’s administration has taken numerous pro-growth, pro-industry steps.

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Vice President Pence knows manufactured housing first hand, and HUD Secretary Ben Carson has praised manufactured homes as “amazing,” called the regulations frozen at HUD as “ridiculous,” telling MHProNews that he hears the industry, and wants to work with manufactured home industry companies of all sizes.

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So far, these represent unprecedented levels of support for manufactured housing at the federal level in over 25 years, per industry sources.

 

 

More from the White House

The White House also reminded MHProNews that the First Lady of the United States (FLOTUS) is recovering nicely, and made her first public appearance since her kidney surgery last month.

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Today is also Vice President Mike Pence’s birthday. The Daily Business News editorially notes that VP Pence has not received as much recognition as his high-profile work has arguably merited.  He and the president do some events jointly, but VP Pence has also done several international and domestic events solo, engaged with Congressional or business leaders as the Oval Office has desired, and more.

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An extended quote from the White House media communications team regarding the first 500 days to MHProNews is below.

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REFORMING BUREAUCRACY: Through Civil Service and VA reforms, President Donald J. Trump is refocusing

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the Federal workforce and increasing its accountability to taxpayers.

  • President Trump signed legislation to bring more accountability to the Department of Veterans Affairs and provide our veterans with more choice in the care they receive.

o   President Trump signed into law the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017, and worked with Congress to forge an overwhelming bipartisan vote of support for the MISSION Act.

o   President Trump signed the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act into law, authorizing $2.1 billion in additional funds for the Veterans Choice Program.

  • The President has issued multiple executive orders aimed at reforming the civil service to work for the American people. These orders:

o   Require agencies to work on negotiating better, more efficient, union contracts and to make those contracts open to public inspection;

o   Cut down on tax-payer funded union activities at Federal agencies, saving tax-payers an estimated $100 million a year; and

o   Enhance the accountability of the Federal bureaucracy by easing the process for removing poor performing employees and strengthening the merit system.

  • The President issued his “One Federal Decision” memorandum of understanding, encouraging coordinated infrastructure permitting reviews across the Federal government.

RETURNING CHOICE TO HEALTHCARE: President Trump’s actions on healthcare have increased options for Americans and returned decision-making about healthcare to individuals.

  • President Trump successfully eliminated the penalty for Obamacare’s burdensome individual mandate through the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
  • President Trump is expanding affordable coverage options through Association Health Plans and short-term, limited-duration plans for families and employers harmed by Obamacare.
  • President Trump has released a blueprint to lower drug prices for American patients and consumers, reform Medicare programs, promote competition, and increase transparency.
  • Last year alone, the FDA approved more new drugs than ever before in history, saving consumers $8.8 billion.  Medicare changes will save seniors an estimated $320 million.

EXPANDING LIBERTY: The President has appointed judges who faithfully apply the law and is working with State, local, and Tribal leaders to combat government overreach.

  • President Trump has appointed a record number of Federal judges, who are interpreting the law as it is written, promoting federalism, and standing for our individual constitutional liberties – including appointing Justice Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court.
  • The President has protected freedom of conscience by issuing rules protecting religious employers from having to violate their religious or moral beliefs or shut their doors; revising FEMA policy to ensure that houses of worship receive the disaster aid to which they are legally entitled; and ardently defending religious liberty in the courts.
  • President Trump has improved the accountability of America’s immigration system and is actively combatting ‘sanctuary city’ laws, which endanger communities across the Nation.

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President Trump and VP Mike Pence have both said they will be in the promise keeping business.

MHProNews notes as a disclosure that we’ve editorially supported Team Trump’s “America First” agenda as best for manufactured home owners, businesses, and the nation at large.

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That support began during the presidential primaries, and has continued since. “Promises made, promises kept.”

As the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), and the Manufactured Housing Association of Regulatory Reform (MHARR) leadership have noted, the administration’s policies have been raising the boats of workers, investors, and other professionals.

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