September 24, 2018

Chinese Tariffs Act as a $1 Billion Tax Hike on Housing, Could Jump to $2.5 Billion

President Trump’s decision yesterday to escalate the trade conflict with China could wind up imposing a $2.5 billion tax increase on residential construction at time when builders are already grappling with higher housing costs. Trump announced he is moving immediately [Continue…]

March 16, 2018

Sen. Rich Draheim Authors Bill for Workforce Development Fund

Builders Association of Minnesota Executives, I’m happy to announce that the bills asking the legislature for workforce development dollars to enhance our Project Build Minnesota efforts have been introduced in each body. The numbers are HF3810 and SF3430. The language is for $1,000,000 [Continue…]

March 02, 2018

Week Two at the Capitol | Session Priorities

Week 2 Session Briefing  This week began the second full week of session and featured the release of the 2018 February Budget and Economic Forecast. Minnesota’s $329 million surplus was announced Wednesday. As recently as November the state was predicting a [Continue…]

October 10, 2017

Unlicensed Contractors, Unenforced Codes, & Consumer Protection

Unlicensed Contractors, Unenforced Codes, & Consumer Protection Builders Association of Minnesota (October 2017) Remi Stone, Executive Vice President Currently there is a gap in the state law about what happens when a permit is pulled outside city limits where the [Continue…]

July 17, 2017

BAM Update: Engineered Documents and Energy Code Certificates

Tell Your Friends…Engineered Documents and Energy Code Certificates Builders Association of Minnesota (July 2017) Remi Stone, Executive Vice President All too often we get so caught up in the day-to-day mania that little details slip by us and we forget [Continue…]

May 03, 2017

Affordable Owner Occupied Housing Wins Governor’s Signature With Unanimous Bipartisan Legislative Support

Minnesota’s House, Senate, and Governor pulled together for affordable housing and delivered a new law to keep twin homes a viable part in the owner-occupied housing marketplace. Many thanks to each of BAM’s members, the entire Legislature, the Administration and our partners at [Continue…]

April 20, 2017

Twinhome Bill Unaminously Passes, Sen. Draheim Leads The Way!

Passing 65-0, BAM’s 2017 #1 legislative priority is heading to the Governor’s desk. Let’s help get it signed. I am thrilled to let you know that the Senate unanimously passed HF792, legislation directing DLI to conduct expedited rulemaking to ensure [Continue…]

March 13, 2017

Builders Association of MN Mid-Session Report

Forrest Cyr, Director of Government Affairs and Communications After years of renovations, Minnesota’s Capitol Building has reopened to the public, to widespread acclaim. With the 2017 Legislative Session halfway through, a new sense of spirit has spread throughout the beautiful [Continue…]

February 03, 2017

MRBA’s Sen. Rich Draheim (R-Madison Lake) authors Town House Definition Bill

Townhouse Definition Bill  HF792 / SF578 The Builders Association of MN announced today their townhouse definition bill was introduced in the Minnesota Legislature, with great authors in both the House and Senate! These bills are chief authored by building industry [Continue…]

January 23, 2017

2017 Legislative Priorities

By Forrest Cyr, Director of Government Affairs and Communications, Builders Association of MN It’s a new year, and a new legislative session! Builders Association of Minnesota staff, consultants, and members are working with legislative allies to promote common sense, pro-housing [Continue…]