It’s not new. But it is an important point, one that the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) has made for decades.
This time, it is the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) President Juanita Duggan who has said that “little” regulations can cause “big” problems for small businesses.
In a release to the Daily Business News on MHProNews, Duggan said, “I’ve heard consistently that business is booming, and that’s often followed up with something along the lines of, “every little thing that comes out of Washington is a problem,”” said the NFIB statement.
Manufactured home industry pros have several points they should keep in mind, especially with the midterms just 32½ days away.
- MHARR has pointed out that the problems with HUD have historically been not just the bureaucracy, but also the contractor that HUD has used for years.
- When NFIB, which reportedly has hundreds of manufactured housing firms as members, talks about small business impact, that has a direct and indirect impact on manufactured housing sellers, communities, producers, lenders, suppliers and others. Small to mid-sized businesses employ more Americans than large firms. Translated, the workers and shop owners who can be manufactured home customers are often tied to small businesses.
- Per the Huffington Post in 2011, “large businesses only employ about 38 percent of the private sector workforce while small businesses employ 53 percent of the workforce.”
- A more recent report in April 2017 by NYSSCPA slices that into small, medium and large businesses, this way. “At this point, 39.2 percentwere employed at either a large or very large company, while 26.5 percent worked at mid-sized companies and 34.3 percent worked at small companies.”
NFIB on WOTUS Rule
The NFIB blasted the Obama-era Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, which dramatically and harmfully impacted small businesses. NFIB sued, and won, but a judge reversed that ruling for almost 2 dozen states.
“The [President Trump] executive order provided some relief for small business owners until a federal judge issued a ruling recently that put the onerous Rule back in place for 22 states. In response, we are asking a federal district court to block the Rule throughout the entire country—to bring relief for our members nationwide,” said NFIB.
“The good news is that not everything coming out of D.C. these days is a problem for small business,” said NFIB, which touted their support on Capital Hill for tax cuts. “Following our instrumental role that led to the inclusion of the small business pass-through deduction in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, feedback from members has been enormously positive. Small businesses are realizing true savings and are investing that money back into their businesses through hiring, pay increases, and job training. They’re investing back into their community through equipment purchases and expansion.”
While the overall economy is “roaring” in the view of many economists and experts, manufactured housing is still operating at historic lows. As a special report planned for tomorrow will reveal, the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) in a recent message to members is apparently pushing for a bill that is arguably contrary to the interests of independents. As one source at their recent meeting said, “MHI’s [SVP] Lesli Gooch took time to explain to members some of their latest positions. But when their policies are closely examined, they routinely benefit their largest members, and harm their smaller businesses in the industry.”
NFIB is pushing for pro-business conservatives in the upcoming midterms, so that the momentum since the 2016 election is continued. It should be noted that NFIB encourages members in specialized fields, like manufactured housing, to join forces with an association that is industry specific, such as MHARR.
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