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Weekly Update: November 2, 2017

   The Business Record held an interesting power breakfast last week regarding “The March to 1 Million” – talking about the issues and challenges as the population of the Des Moines metro approaches the one million mark.  Panelists included Gene Meyer (Greater Des Moines Partnership), Angela Connolly (Polk County Supervisor), Liesl Eathington (Iowa State Economist), Elisabeth Buck (United Way of Central Iowa), and Zachary Mannheimer (McClure Engineering Company).  HBA of Greater DM Executive Officer Dan Knoup and HBAI Executive Officer Jay Iverson were also in attendance.

Fighting for the Home Ownership Tax Incentives
Our Federation continues to decry the House of Representatives’ rejection of a homeownership tax credit that would include both mortgage interest and property taxes to benefit up to 37 million additional home owners, and has served notice that we plan to deploy all necessary resources to ensure that the middle-class tax benefits of homeownership are part of this week’s planned release of a tax reform package.
Our message is being heard loud and clear, with front-page stories in national media outlets.
“The National Association of Home Builders know how to demolish things, and on Saturday they decided to take on a new project – the House Republican tax bill,” said the Washington Post.The House plan to double the …
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Weekly Update: October 26, 2017

   The HBA of Des Moines had a networking after hours at Taco Hangover last week – it was really well attended.  Having a great time eating, drinking, and socializing is always in order.
IBS Deadlines, Cheap Flights, Iowa Hotel Block Ends Monday
The 2018 International Builders’ Show® (IBS)will be here before we know it.  You might check on flights soon – HBAI EO Jay Iverson just booked his for $123 round trip with a direct flight on Allegiant out of Des Moines.  The Iowa room block at the Marriott Springhill Suites closes next Monday, October 30. You can find more information here regarding hotel and travel to Orlando.  The early bird registration closes November 10.  As of today, there are about 230 Iowans registered.
Silica and You
Full implementation of the new silica rule began last Monday, October 23, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has now issued additional “interim” enforcement guidance for regional OSHA administrators. A final compliance directive is under review and not yet released.  Earlier this month, we spoke with home building safety compliance specialist Dan Johnson for advice on complyingwith the new standard, which has far-reaching effects on the worksite.  NAHB has also issued a Silica in Construction Toolkit that contains information from manufacturers on tools and accessories intended to be …
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