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Eric Greitens Visits the HBA

Posted on November 1, 2016

Missouri gubernatorial candidate Eric Greitens visited the HBA on Oct. 20 to meet with members and discuss his ongoing campaign.  Greitens also spoke about his proposals for reforming the culture in Jefferson City and imp...

HBA Political Forecast Breakfast: Insights into the State Races

Posted on November 1, 2016

The HBA’s political action committee, HBA-PAC, hosted a Political Forecast Breakfast on Oct. 12 at Milburn Country Club.  Two prominent and well respected political journalists - Martin Hawver and Dave Helling -- focused p...

OSHA Extends Anti-Retaliation Enforcement Deadline

Posted on October 26, 2016

Enforcement of the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s anti-retaliation provisions in its injury and illness tracking rule has been delayed until Dec. 1. According to a notice issued by the agency, the...

Clock is Ticking as Implementation of Overtime Rule Draws Closer

Posted on October 19, 2016

With the Department of Labor’s (DOL) final rule to double the overtime salary limit from $23,660 to $47,476 set to take effect on Dec. 1, more than 400 business groups are seeking congressional action to postpone implem...

NAHB Endorses Missouri Lawmakers for Congress

Posted on October 18, 2016

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has announced its endorsement of Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II for re-election to Congress as well as six Republican lawmakers from Missouri for re-election to the U.S. House of Rep...

OSHA Seeks Feedback on Revisions to Recordkeeping & Construction Standards

Posted on October 18, 2016

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently proposed revisions to its existing record-keeping and construction standards as part of the agency’s Standards Improvement Project (SIP). The goal of the ...

A Closer Look at the FOMC September Meeting – How Low Can It Go?

Posted on October 13, 2016

Three dissents, all preferring an increase in the federal funds rate at the September meeting, focused on the same core argument: the current level of the unemployment rate signals a tight labor market that will persist for s...

Talks Continue on Energy Code Legislation

Posted on October 7, 2016

NAHB continues to hammer home the important message of cost-effectiveness as House Energy and Commerce Committee and Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee conferees meet to finalize legislation intended to make buildi...

ESA Changes to National Flood Insurance Program Harm Housing Affordability

Posted on October 4, 2016

Late last month, NAHB urged Congress to oppose the inappropriate use of the Endangered Species Act to change the focus of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) away from its mandate of protecting lives and property due ...

White House Releases Housing Development Toolkit

Posted on October 4, 2016

The White House has released a Housing Development Toolkit that highlights regulatory barriers to housing development and outlines tools and strategies that local governments can use to diminish the impact these barriers have...