Arizona Builders Support Congresswoman in Battle for Economic Stability

Filed in Advocacy, Membership by on March 13, 2016 0 Comments

Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) – a retired U.S. Air Force colonel and former A-10 combat pilot – was very pleased when she heard the Air Force would postpone the impending retirement of the A-10 fleet.

Her sentiments are shared by members of the Southern Arizona Home Builders Association (SAHBA), who met with McSally on March 7 in recognition of Bringing Housing Home™ to discuss many of the challenges builders are facing.

Home builders and other business owners throughout the state have long been concerned about the significant economic impact that would stem from the A-10’s retirement. Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson is the primary training facility of A-10 pilots and a major economic engine for southern Arizona.

Thousands of civilians and military members are employed at the base, which infuses hundreds of millions of dollars into the economy. Thanks largely to the ongoing efforts led by McSally to halt the A-10s’ retirement – now set to begin in late 2018 – there is continued optimism for the region’s economy.

“Keeping the lines of communication open for this sort of meaningful dialogue, especially with Representative McSally, is a huge benefit to our builders,” said SAHBA Government Affairs Director Shawn Cote.

Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), center, recently met with members of the Southern Arizona Home Builders Association. Also pictured: NAHB Field Rep Tracy MacMaster and NAHB Arizona State Rep Steve Canatsey.

Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), center, recently met with members of the Southern Arizona Home Builders Association. Also pictured: NAHB Regional Field Rep. Tracy MacMaster and NAHB Arizona State Rep. Steve Canatsey.

Meeting with the congresswoman gave members of the SAHBA a chance to not only hear about her involvement with the A-10s, but also to voice their concerns regarding several regulatory burdens, especially the additional hurdles resulting from EPA’s regulations defining the “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act.

“Our members know they have a housing advocate in Representative McSally,” Cote said. “She has continually helped us bear the flag for housing initiatives at both the federal and local levels.”

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