August 2016
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HBAGNO Advocacy in Action
At the request of Councilmember Jared Brossett of District D in Orleans Parish, the Central Planning Commission was requested to hear public comments on a formal study on Affordable Housing Impact Statements. The meeting for public comments was held on July 12, 2016. Kirk Williamson (Chester Development, LLC), Legislative Committee Chair of the Home Builders Association of Greater New Orleans, testified at the City Planning Commission in opposition of the Affordable Housing Impact Statement study. See footage from the hearing here: (Kirk speaks at 1:56':45")

If the Affordable Housing impact statement is found to be useful tool in Orleans Parish, it would be used to collect additional information on units put on to the market for housing and add an additional step to the permitting process that could delay work for up to ten days.

Members of the HBA are urged to email their written comments about the Affordable Impact Statements directly to the City Planning Department to this email CPCINFO@NOLA.GOV. The deadline for the submission of comments is August 15, 2016.

If you have any questions, please contact Rita Bautista, Government Relations Representative via email or 504.837.2700.
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OSHA Fines to Increase up to 150% of August 1
On Aug. 1, monetary penalties issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for regulation infractions are slated to rise by up to 150% depending on the type of violation.

This marks the first time in 25 years that OSHA fines have gone up. Previously, OSHA was one of few federal agencies with civil penalties that do not increase with inflation.

OSHA intends to provide guidance on the implementation of the new penalties by Aug. 1. Additionally, to address the impact they may have on small businesses, the agency plans to continue providing penalty reductions based on employer size and other factors.

States that operate their own Occupational Safety and Health Plans are required to adopt maximum penalty levels that are at least as effective as federal OSHA's.

For more information about the budget deal or OSHA provision, please contact Alex Strong or Rob Matuga at the National Association of Home Builders. 

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Jefferson Joining Forces THANK YOU

NOEL would like to thank Rolf Pareilus, Viking Construction, and Floyd Simeon, Crescent City Builders, for donating their time to do site inspections for the Jefferson Joining Forces program.  The Jefferson Joining Forces program remediates code violations for elderly, low-income and/or disabled home owners.  These repairs are done at no cost to the home owner, while being fully compensated to the contractor.  For more information on how you can donate your services or products to the Jefferson Joining Forces program, contact Philip Thomas @ (504) 837-2700.
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Economic Forecast for the Second Half of 2016: Decent but Nothing Remarkable
Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D. is President of GraphsandLaughs, LLC and can be reached at His daily 70 word economics and policy blog can be seen at

Despite GDP again slowing in Q1, as has been the case for the past few years, the economic recovery that began in July 2009 remains intact. The poor performance of the US economy from January through March was almost expected, and the incoming employment, housing, and service sector data all point to a modest economic pickup. GDP growth the rest of the year should average 2.2%, with growth in Q2 closer to 2.75% as the economy rebounds from a tough Q1. The combination of continued wage growth and increased residential construction activity suggests that 2016 will probably improve as it progresses.

Despite weak energy prices, a continued strong dollar that has hurt manufacturing by making US exports costly and imports cheaper, and a struggling agricultural sector, the rest of the economy is OK. As long as the service sector and construction continue to expand and wages rise, the US economy will continue to grow despite the headwinds it faces. Importantly, the labor market continues to strengthen, voluntary quit rates are rising and are almost back to where they were before the Great Recession, the number of involuntary terminations keeps falling, and job creation, while down from last year, remains strong. At this rate, there will be little slack in the labor market 12 months from today. Lastly, passage of the FY 2016 budget package has boosted economic activity as it extended some tax breaks and eased spending caps on domestic and military spending, making fiscal policy pleasantly expansionary.

A definite economic bright spot in 2016 has been housing, and that is due to rising household formation. After averaging well over 1.2 million annually from 1983 through 2006, household formation plummeted to just 600,000 in 2014. Since then, it has been rising by about 1.2 million a year. Add to this slightly improved access to credit, and housing starts should reach an annualized average rate of 1.19 million during the second half of 2016, their best level since late 2007, with new single-family construction contributing at a pace of 810,000 units and multifamily adding 380,000. Despite being severely constrained by a lack of inventory, pending home sales are strengthening and existing home sales should rise by 3% annually, while home prices should rise by 5% annually.

As for inflation, it remains benign but shows signs of slowly rising from its current level. The dollar is likely to strengthen slightly in the latter part of the year and oil prices appear to be rising, thus the two trends that have exerted strong deflationary pressures on imports and energy respectively should dissipate. Moreover, as the unemployment rate continues falling, labor shortages are becoming increasingly widespread. This pushes up wage growth, which is definitely rising, albeit modestly, and thereby boosts household spending. However, rising prices and wages will push the Fed to raise short-term rates by one-quarter-of-one percent as early as July, and certainly by November or December. Long-term rates have bottomed and 10-yr Treasuries will end the year at close to 2% as the economy strengthens.

In short, the economy continues to grow modestly. Short-term interest rates are likely to start rising, wages are rising, and residential construction activity looks to continue to slowly strengthen as we go into 2017. Most critically, continued solid job creation will keep consumer spending up and the likelihood of a recession during the next six months, close to zero.

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In This Issue:
Auctions in August
Advocacy in Action
HBI Industry Jobs Board
OSHA Fines to Increase
From Last Month
Calendar of Events

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August Calendar of Events
All Events held at HBA office unless otherwise noted 

See details below for 
"Featured Events"

3) Executive Committee Meeting @ 12pm

3) Kick-A$$ Cook Off Committee Meeting @ 4pm, Deutsches-Haus, 1023 Ridgewood Drive, Metairie

4) Remodelers Council Meeting @ 12pm

4) PAC Meeting @ 3pm

8-11) NAHB Meetings, Miami, FL

16) HBA Board of Directors Meeting @ 4pm

17) Stop Talking, Start Communicating - Free Sales Traning @ 8:30am

19) 3rd Quarter President's Reception @ Ralph's on the Park, 12:30-2pm

27) Kick-A$$ Cook Off @ Deutsches-Haus, 1023 Ridgewood Dr., Metairie, 3:30-7pm
None this month! Enjoy your summer!
Job Postings
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Outside Sales
The Real Estate Book

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2016 Senior Officers of the Board

President, Floyd Simeon
Vice President, Mike LeCorgne
Treasurer, Frank Morse
Secretary, Michael Kraft
Immediate Past President, Roy Olsen

2016 Board of Directors

Steve Albert
John Arms
Alexis Brown
Nick Castjohn
Charlie Fontenelle
David Gaspard
Phil Hoffman
Kevin Katner

Jo Ann Kostik
Peter Lanaux
Bruce Layburn
Harold LeBlanc
Brian Mills
Scott Morse
Helmut Mundt
Randy Noel
Lynda Nugent Smith
Rolf Parelius
Kimberly Rooney
Dorothy Stanich
Zach Tyson
Kirk Williamson
Steve Wobbema
Wes Wyman

HBA Staff Contacts

Jon Luther , Executive Vice President
Philip Thomas, Education Director & NOEL Program Director
Lauren Galliano , Director of Membership & Industry Relations
Rita Bautista, Governmental Affairs Representative
Shane Gray , Accountant

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