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New Tax Law May Increase Developers’ Sewer and Water Costs

Filed in Capitol Hill, Land Development by on April 17, 2018 0 Comments
New Tax Law May Increase Developers’ Sewer and Water Costs

Even after a massive reduction in their corporate tax rate, some utility companies are interpreting a little-known tax change in a way that is forcing developers to substantially increase what they pay for contributions in aid of construction (CIACs).

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Facebook vs. Congress: What Should Home Builders Know?

Facebook vs. Congress: What Should Home Builders Know?

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was asked to testify in front of House and Senate committees this week to discuss election influence, but members had far more questions about advertising, user data, privacy and consent. What are the takeaways for builders and remodelers?

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We’re Bringing Housing Home this Spring

Filed in Capitol Hill by on April 11, 2018 0 Comments
We’re Bringing Housing Home this Spring

NAHB is Bringing Housing Home™ on April 30-May 5 and this is your chance to make a house call with your member of Congress. The week-long Legislative Conference will give individual members and HBA delegations the opportunity to advocate for housing’s legislative priorities at in-district meetings with their members of Congress.

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U.S. Trade Rep Shows No Sense of Urgency on Lumber Trade Dispute

Filed in Capitol Hill by on March 23, 2018 7 Comments
U.S. Trade Rep Shows No Sense of Urgency on Lumber Trade Dispute

During a March 21 hearing before the House Committee on Ways and Means on the U.S. trade policy agenda, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said there is little chance that the softwood lumber trade dispute with Canada will be resolved anytime soon.

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Congress Approves $1.3 Trillion Spending Package

Filed in Capitol Hill by on March 22, 2018 1 Comment
Congress Approves $1.3 Trillion Spending Package

Congress has approved a $1.3 trillion spending bill that will fund the federal government through the end of the current fiscal year, which expires Sept. 30. The sweeping appropriations legislation includes several areas of interest to the housing community.

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Missed Opportunity for LIHTC on Budget Accord

Filed in Capitol Hill, Multifamily by on March 22, 2018 1 Comment
Missed Opportunity for LIHTC on Budget Accord

Republican and Democrat leaders struck a deal yesterday on a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending package that missed a golden opportunity to significantly strengthen the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program.

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NAHB Leaders Call on Congress to Adopt a Strong Housing Agenda

Filed in Capitol Hill, Leadership by on March 15, 2018 1 Comment
NAHB Leaders Call on Congress to Adopt a Strong Housing Agenda

NAHB Chairman Randy Noel and First Vice Chairman Greg Ugalde conducted two days of meetings this week with Republican and Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill, urging lawmakers to keep housing in the forefront of the national agenda.

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Regulatory Horror Story Highlights Need to Reform Permitting Process

Filed in Capitol Hill, Codes and Regulations by on March 15, 2018 0 Comments
Regulatory Horror Story Highlights Need to Reform Permitting Process

Illustrating how the federal regulatory system has run amok and the need for Congress to pass legislation to fix a broken permitting process, a development firm today shared its three-decade-long nightmare of failed attempts to obtain a Clean Water Act permit.

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Senate-Passed Banking Bill Could Ease Tight Credit Conditions

Filed in Capitol Hill by on March 15, 2018 2 Comments
Senate-Passed Banking Bill Could Ease Tight Credit Conditions

NAHB commended the Senate for passing bipartisan legislation yesterday that would help ease tight credit conditions that are hindering the momentum of the housing industry.

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Commerce Secretary Working to Ensure Adequate Lumber Supply for Builders

Filed in Capitol Hill, Construction Industry, Economics by on March 15, 2018 4 Comments
Commerce Secretary Working to Ensure Adequate Lumber Supply for Builders

NAHB CEO Jerry Howard recently met with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and urged him to work with his Canadian counterparts to craft an equitable long-term solution to the trade dispute.

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