Hello fellow OSHBA members I hope this finds all of you doing well, and having a busy and prosperous year. There are several items  I hope to cover in this article to bring up to date on all that is going on at NAHB and around the state.

The first item is our chairman, Randy Noel, earlier this year met with President Trump at the White House and committed that NAHB and Local HBA’s would provide over 500,000 new workers for the Residential  Construction industry.

Oklahoma has already stepped up to the challenge in many different ways. We have established student chapters at both Oklahoma State and at  The University of Oklahoma. Working with the local VoTech by providing scholarship and other items. The largest initiative currently being undertaken is BUILD MY FUTURE, this is a program that introduces high students to the opportunities that are available in residential construction and the professional trades.

Two of the state locals Tulsa HBA and COHBA will hold these events. Tulsa HBA has held their event, and it was a huge success they had almost 1000 students attend and learn about opportunities open to them and their future. They even had a special guest, Congressman Markwayne Mullins, who spent over two hours with them. The program is off to a great start.

As I’m writing this article, it is just before mid-year elections, and I hope all go out and vote for pro-housing candidates at the local, state, and nationally.

Build Pac has worked hard to ensure our issues are front and center and convey how vital housing Is to our economy.

NAHB continues to work on the key issues that affect our business and the families we serve. We have seen a little relief from lumber prices, and it is a direct result from NAHB’s meeting with Secretary Ross. These are ongoing efforts on NAHBs part to help our industry and to work to encourage the US to negotiate on the Tariffs.

Other key items are Labor and Immigration which until the mid-year elections are completed there will be little movement. NAHB is taking the lead and being proactive by introducing BUILD MY FUTURE and growing our labor force by grassroots efforts.

Housing Finance is still a key focus from A&D to mortgage loans for home buyers. President Trump signed Executive order to repeal parts of Dodd-Frank act, and we continue to push for a Full repeal and roll out of the parts that have been repealed.

WOTUS Rule is still an issue that we are looking at President Trump to sign an Executive Order to review the 2015 EPA policy. And currently the EPA and Army corp. recommend we go back to the pre-2015 guidelines until they come up with a new definition of WOTUS. NAHB plans to be in the forefront helping to contribute to the new guidelines.

Healthcare earlier this year NAHB Chairman Randy Noel attend an event at the White House where President Trump signed executive order to repeal part of Obamacare which would allow an organization to have group health care. As it was moving forward 14 state attorney generals have filed suit against the repeal, and it is headed to court. Hopefully, we will receive a favorable decision and be able to add this benefit to our members soon.

Tax Reform was signed into law in December 2017 to date it is putting thousands of dollars back in peoples paychecks as it is being rolled out the  NAHB is keeping an eye on it and how it will affect our business.

As you can tell it has been a busy year and there is a lot that is going on to affect our business and the families we serve. We continue to look at key issues like soft cost that have a direct cost on the homes we build and the families we serve. I encourage all of you to be involved in helping make a difference. If we don’t stand and fight for ourselves, they will take it away from us.

In closing let me say it is an honor to serve as your State Representative to NAHB and to serve as the state Moderator. I encourage all of you to be involved

At the local, state, nationally and participate to make us great.