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Jun. 6, 2013
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Builders urge Congress to pursue pro-housing policies to spur job and economic growth
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New-home production and remodeling contribute billions of dollars to the nation's economy each year, and with the right policies in place housing can serve as a catalyst to boost job and economic growth, the National Association of Home Builders told Congress. More



Sunbelt free registration deadline Monday
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The Texas Association of Builders would like to remind you that the deadline for FREE registration for the Sunbelt Builders Show™ is midnight on Monday, June 10. After this, registration increases to the onsite price. In addition to hearing outstanding keynotes from J.R. Martinez and Gary Hoover, free registration includes education sessions, two days of trade show action, the Multifamily Industry Forum, the Star Awards presentation and more. (You can also purchase tickets for the two special events occurring during Sunbelt — the HOMEPAC Family Fandango and the Cibolo Canyons Field Trip.)

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Texas Builders Foundation now accepting scholarship applications for fall 2013 semester
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The Texas Builders Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications for the fall 2013 academic semester. The foundation awards student scholarships to individuals enrolled in Texas' technical and trade schools, as well as to those in community colleges and universities that offer construction degrees. More

Dallas Fed: Region's economy is gaining steam
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An uptick in activity across a broad range of industries helped pump more momentum into the regional economy over the past six weeks, building on the stronger economic growth of the prior month and a half, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas said. In its Beige Book, released every six weeks, the Dallas Fed said economic activity across its region "expanded at a stronger pace" since its last report in April. More

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Bullet train plan sparks turf war in Dallas-Fort Worth
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It's been just over a year since a Japanese-backed firm announced plans to build a 205 mph bullet train between Houston and North Texas, and elected officials and advocates are anxiously waiting for more details. That's especially true in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, where the region's decades-old turf war has been reignited by the prospects of where Texas Central High-Speed Railway plans to build its first North Texas station. More

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Cornyn wants border security added to immigration bill
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U.S. Republican Sen. John Cornyn wants to amend the Senate's comprehensive immigration reform bill to fix border security flaws in the measure that currently make it impossible to support. The "Immigration Reform with Results Amendment" would mandate that specific border security triggers are met before the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country reach legal residency status, a necessary step for those whose ultimate goal is attaining naturalized citizenship. More

More than 750 builders discuss housing issues in Hill visits
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More than 750 builders from across the nation converged on Capitol Hill for the annual National Association of Home Builders Legislative Conference to urge their lawmakers to support policies that will keep the housing recovery moving forward and increase housing opportunities for all Americans. More



Ousted Texas water planners: We were 'excluded'
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After they were fired under a major bill signed by Gov. Rick Perry, the state's top water planners say lawmakers drastically overhauled the Texas Water Development Board without seeking their input or offering them a chance to save their jobs. The state is embarking on a historic restructuring of the water agency aimed at meeting the state's long-term water needs. More

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New Texas insurance commissioner to retain oversight of windstorm association
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Coastal leaders have asked new commissioner to consider reinstating a post-storm funding mechanism the previous leader denied. More

H-E-B donates two homes in San Antonio for returning veterans
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H-E-B has teamed up with Operation Finally Home to provide two new homes in the Creekhaven neighborhood on San Antonio's far North Side to two military families. The homes are mortgage-free, fully furnished and stocked with non-perishable food and home supplies. H-E-B's work with Operation Finally Home was part of the 28th Annual H-E-B Tournament of Champions which raised over $6.8 million that will benefit 200 Texas nonprofit organizations. More

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Beware of misclassifying workers as independent contractors
By D. Albert Brannen    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
If your workforce includes contract employees, freelancers, casual workers or independent contractors by any other title, you should seriously analyze whether such workers should be recategorized as employees. The risks of not properly classifying workers can be substantial and include having to ante up back pay, liquidated damages, unpaid taxes, penalties, interest, accounting and attorneys' fees. In addition to these economic risks, other negative consequences can include interference with ongoing operations and harm to an employer's reputation. More

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Will the housing rebound crush the job market?
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For the past few years, economists have been waiting for the housing market to rebound so the job market can finally — crash? Wait, no. It's the opposite. Right? Hiring is improving, but the unemployment rate has stayed stubbornly high. The go-to explanation among economists has been the weak housing market. Where are all those construction workers going to find work? More

Eco-friendly tips: Reducing waste during home construction
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The slowly returning market for new building has brought with it a renewed appreciation of the environmental risk factors involved with construction. Coupled with rising concerns about sustainable practices, and a more eco-friendly building environment, it is easy to understand why steel buildings have boomed in popularity over the last two decades. More
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