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As Government Grows, Regulations Impose, the Economy Slows

June 16th, 2016 Comments off

regulatory_costs_incurred_during_construction__nahb__3_2016Saying people have forgotten President Reagan’s line: “The government is not the solution, it is the problem.” The larger the government grows, the slower the economic growth, writes Richard W. Rahn in washingtontimes.

The article MHProNews posted June 9, 2016 reports Donald Trump promises to end Dodd-Frank and its chokehold regulations through the CFPB that have all but ended financing options for the least expensive manufactured homes (linked here).

Oppositionally, Hillary Clinton promises to keep Dodd-Frank, likely beef it up, and oppose HR 650/S682.

Meanwhile, Rahn writes, At some point, economic growth is so slow that despite high levels of taxation and spending, the long-term situation gets worse rather than better for most people. The United States has suffered wage stagnation under the Obama administration, even with a huge growth in government spending and regulation,” he says.

A longtime supporter of the Center for Freedom and Prosperity (CFP), which supports global tax competition and smaller government, Rahn’s vision is for less tax-and-regulatory grab.

He says Dan Mitchell, chairman of the CFP board quotes former Michigan Democratic Senator Carl Levin (1979 to 2015) who said the CFP’s “activities run counter to America’s values and undermine the nation’s ability to raise revenue,” as tax receipts during his tenure skyrocketed from $463 billion to $3.2 trillion. Levin complained it was not enough, regardless of the economic and social damage it caused.

The two percent growth rate of the majority of the world’s developed economies is not sufficient to raise the standard of living for most people, and it is directly related to too much government regulation.

For most countries the optimum size of government is probably around 25 percent of GDP. The U. S. is at 42, Singapore and Hong Kong are around 18 percent while Switzerland is at 33. The last three mentioned entities all have per capita incomes higher than America, long life expectancy and medical care, a narrative that advocates of more government do not like to hear.

Reagan’s words echo again. Rahn: “This was never truer than today. Governments around the world are crushing economic growth and opportunity, and destroying basic liberties. This will not change until knowledgeable people bust the false narrative that more government will make things better.”

For MHARR’s Mark Weiss’ spearing take on over reaching regulations in the MH industry, click here. ##

(Graphic credit: National Association of Home Builders, March 2016)

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House GOP Aiming to Lift Crippling CFPB Regulations

June 15th, 2016 Comments off

paul ryan with mother betty douglas the villages scott audette dash reutersDubbed “A Better Way,” House Republicans stated the red tape of bureaucracies has gotten out of hand, and they have proposed rules easing the drilling for oil, coal mining, governing internet traffic and promoting small business employment, according to what washingtontimes tells MHProNews.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), in presenting the agenda, said it is intended to be a blueprint for unshackling the American economy and unifying the party, notably leaving out immigration and trade reform, two issues that separate Ryan and other Republicans from presumptive presidential candidate Donald Trump.

If the proposals that are cooked up in these bureaucracies are really so important, then let the people’s elected representatives decide — no major regulation should become law unless Congress takes a vote,” Mr. Ryan, (R-WI), said.

House GOP members say regulation cost the U. S. economy $2 trillion last year as the economy struggles to rise farther from the crippling 2008 recession. The party says coal mining can continue without wrecking the environment or putting the coal industry out of business, which would cost thousands of jobs.

On financial issues the GOP will push for bankruptcy not bail-outs if a big bank should fail. Said House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, Texas Republican: “We were told the regulations of Dodd-Frank would make our economy more stable, but the regulations have led to the big banks getting bigger and the small banks getting fewer.”

Conservative pressure group Heritage Action likes the plan, but House Democrat Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said the agenda would poison the water we drink and the air we breathe, “while rolling back critical protections for American consumers and taking the cops off the Wall Street beat.”

Although some conservatives want to dismantle the CFPB, the House GOP calls for reforming the agency, hopefully easing the rule that inhibits financing of manufactured homes, which hurts buyers and sellers especially at the lowest income scale.

Further, the House GOP wants to pull back on federal rules that increase compliance cost on colleges and universities that results in higher tuition costs. ##

(Photo credit: reuters/Scott Audette–Speaker Paul Ryan with mother Betty Douglas at The Villages in Fla.)

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Kansas Manufactured Housing Association Opposes Home Building in Prison

February 16th, 2016 Comments off

kansas_manufactured_housing_association__their_creditA measure before a Kansas House committee would provide vocational training and equipment for inmates at the Ellsworth Correctional Facility to produce up to five homes a year that would then be sold or donated to a needy family.

Current law restricts the sale of prison-made goods like dormitory and outdoor furniture to state employees, organizations, governmental units and churches, according to washingtontimes.

An education center would provide training and materials for the project, which had existed previously but was cut from the budget in 2009. Governor Sam Brownback expressed an interest in reinstating the program during a tour of Ellsworth last year.

While correctional officials say it is a good way of teaching inmates skills so they can better find employment upon release, Martha Smith, the Executive Director of Kansas Manufactured Housing Association (KMHA), said it will reduce competition, and it is an example of another intrusion into the private sector by the government. The inmates are paid $1.05 per day.

Interim Corrections Secretary Johnnie Goddard told the House Committee on Commerce, Labor and Economic Development the program would reduce recidivism from 35 percent to 18 percent.

Rob Fillion, the Executive Director of the Smoky Hill Development Corporation, said it will increase housing options in rural areas where housing is tight, as MHProNews has learned.

Smith added that the builders would also avoid standard expenses such as minimum wage, vacation time, recruitment expenses and sick leave. ##

Michigan, Arbor Americana MHC Settle Lawsuit

December 10th, 2015 Comments off

gavel___cnnmoney__creditMHProNews has learned from washingtontimes that the owners of the Arbor Americana Manufactured Housing Community of Flat Rock, Michigan have settled a lawsuit over sewage overflows brought by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

The state alleges the MHC owners, in neglecting to repair the wastewater system, exposed residents of 123 manufactured homes “to raw and partially treated human sewage overflows, plus discharges to the ground and waterways,” as well as to the state waters.

The terms of the settlement require the owners to replace the wastewater treatment system, and certify the new one is compliant with the law by April 15, 2016.

In addition to being fined $300,000, they also paid $15,000 to Michigan’s General Fund for enforcement costs. The web lists Arbor Americana, LLC as the property owner but offers no contact information. ##

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Groundbreaking near Minot, North Dakota for Modular Subdivision

November 4th, 2015 Comments off

north_dakota__berthodl__modular_homes__topix__creditMHProNews has learned from washingtontimes that developers in Berthold, North Dakota are preparing to break ground this fall for a new modular subdivision a mile east of Berthold. New homeowners are being sought for the 240 home site Prairie Rose Estates, which has been in the making for three years.

Built in Indiana to local and state building codes, the homes will sit on concrete foundations and have electric heat, and are located within the Minot Micropolitan Area, which is experiencing a housing crunch due to the Bakken Oilfield exploration. Single-family homes will start at $200,000.

There are currently three different models planned for the development, according to topix, although the homes are open for customization. ##

(Photo credit: topix–modular home models in Berthold, ND)

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