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Early voting for the November election began Monday, Oct. 19. Mark your calendar and be sure to take TAB's Voter Guide with you to the polls. TAB's Voter Guide is a helpful tool to review. It lists the propositions that will be on the ballot and highlights those supported by TAB and the home building industry. TAB recommends that you VOTE YES on Props 1, 2 and 7. Your vote matters! [Early Voting: Oct. 19-30 / Election Day: Nov. 3]

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Whether you are a small company with two employees, or a major corporation employing hundreds, you may be experiencing insurance rate hikes that make it difficult to provide your employees with meaningful health insurance and benefits. Or, perhaps you have never been able to affordably provide a benefits package to your employees.

Explore joining the Texas Association of Builder Members' Choice Health Insurance & Benefits Marketplace designed for and available exclusively to TAB members and their employees.

A TAB-approved Employee Benefits Broker will work with you on how to budget and plan an effective employee benefits package, and then work with your employees on how to choose the benefits that will work best for them and their families.

To get started, visit for more information and to find a TAB-approved Broker to work with.

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The 2015 Leadership Conference will kick off the Texas Association of Builders' fall board meetings on Tuesday, Nov. 10. The half-day conference will be held at the Westin Austin Downtown hotel from 1 – 4:30 p.m. Open and free to all TAB members, this will be an informative and fun workshop. The Leadership Conference details are here.

Please remember to register for the workshop and the other TAB meetings.

Thank you to the following Sponsor (as of 10/15/15)

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The Texas Association of Builders annual fall meeting is jam-packed with exciting events. Over a three-day period, the association will host a Leadership Conference, conduct association business and expand its list of Texas Housing Hall of Honor inductees. In addition, it will install its 2016 Senior Officers, recognize the 2015 "Of the Year" award winners, and host a HOMEPAC silent action.

All events will take place at the new Westin Austin Downtown from Nov. 10-12.

The black-tie Texas Housing Hall of Honor and Excellence in Leadership Dinner is set for 7 p.m. on Nov. 12. Earning the 18th spot on Texas' Housing Hall of Honor will be the late Harold Pollman. Mr. Pollman's, a former member of the Dallas Builders Association, legacy is one of unparalleled service to the housing industry, our state, our nation and the world.

Individual tickets to the event can currently be purchased for $115 and $1,150 for a table of 10. After Nov. 1, ticket prices increase to $125 and $1,250, respectively. Click here to purchase tickets and register for the event.

Following the induction, TAB will install its 2016 Senior Officers as well as honor its 2015 "Of the Year" award winners. The night will conclude with the reveal of the HOMEPAC silent auction winners.

If you are a member of the Texas Association of Builders, please register here for the fall meetings. If you do not hold a membership with TAB and would like to purchase tickets, please contact our office at (800) 252-3625.

Thank you to the following Fall Board Meeting Sponsors (as of 10/15/15)

Thank you to the following Dinner Sponsors (as of 10/15/15)

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Builder and remodeler members, protect yourself by purchasing the updated Texas Association of Builders Residential Construction Contracts Package. Unlike other contracts packages, TAB's package reflects the most recent mandates that came out of the 2015 Texas Legislative Session, in addition to new lot sale contract addendum, new consultant-design agreement, and advertising and media permissions. The package will also be updated to include needed clarifications, various improvements and greater ease of use during the subscription period, September 1, 2015 to August 31, 2017.

The TAB Contracts subscription is your blueprint for typical construction and remodeling transactions in the State of Texas. The package of contracts and related addenda is a fantastic value and can save you thousands of dollars in legal fees. The subscription includes any needed updates that may occur during the two year cycle.

If you are not a member and want access to the contracts package, join your local home builders association today! Click map to find the HBA in your area.

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The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recently commended the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit for enacting a nationwide stay of the Environmental Protection Agency's final regulations that dramatically expand the definition of "waters of the United States" under the Clean Water Act.

"We applaud the Sixth Circuit for taking this action to suspend the EPA’s water rule," said NAHB Chairman Tom Woods, a home builder from Blue Springs, Mo. "NAHB has been working diligently on the legislative and legal fronts to overturn this EPA rule that raises housing costs, tramples states' rights and adds unnecessary regulatory burdens to small businesses."

As required by law, EPA failed to consult with state and local governments, confer with business stakeholders, comply with the requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act or produce an accurate cost-benefit analysis.

In its ruling, the Sixth Circuit stated: "A stay temporarily silences the whirlwind of confusion that springs from uncertainty about the requirements of the new Rule and whether they will survive legal testing. A stay honors the policy of cooperative federalism that informs the Clean Water Act and must attend the shared responsibility for safeguarding the nation's waters."

"Our members want to protect the nation's waters, but we need clear rules," said Woods. "Today's court decision is a step in the right direction."

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Full enforcement of OSHA's new Confined Spaces in Construction Standard is being delayed again. Before the standard went into effect Aug. 3, OSHA announced it would delay full enforcement until Oct. 2 for the entire construction industry.

However, in a policy memorandum issued Oct. 1, the agency states it will delay full enforcement for residential construction until Jan. 8. Under the temporary policy, OSHA will not issue citations to employers engaged in residential construction work who are making "good faith efforts" to comply with the new rule.

Full enforcement of the standard for non-residential construction employers is in effect. OSHA originally delayed full enforcement for the entire industry in response to employer requests for additional time to train and acquire necessary equipment. The agency did not provide a reason for the most recent delay.

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At the request of the Texas Association of Builders, Governor Greg Abbott has proclaimed October 2015 "Careers in Construction Month" in the State of Texas to increase public awareness and appreciation of construction craft professionals and the entire construction workforce. See the proclamation here.

The Texas Association of Builders, an affiliate of the National Association of Home Builders, has 28 local home builders associations and nearly 10,000 members across Texas, representing over 702,500 jobs and more than $31 billion annually in the Texas economy. For the last several years, Texas' residential construction industry has faced a shortage of skilled workers and over the next five years, 20 percent of skilled laborers in the construction industry will retire. According to the Texas State Data Center, in 2014 an estimated 2,600 individuals moved to Texas every day, and as additional individuals and companies continue to relocate to our great state, the need for quality, affordable housing will continue to be in demand.

In 2013, the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 5, the comprehensive education reform bill, that gives high school students a choice in their post-graduation path, allowing them to prepare for college, or choosing elective courses that prepare them for employment immediately upon graduation from high school by, for example, earning construction industry or trade certifications. This year, the 84th Texas Legislature passed and the Governor signed into law, House Bill 18 and House Bill 505 that removed the dual credits cap, thereby allowing students the opportunity to graduate from high school with not only an industry or trade certification, but with an Associate's Degree. Home building companies are excited about the opportunity to welcome these skilled, educated graduates into our industry to help ensure that we can provide shelter for the citizens of our state.

The mission of the Texas Builders Foundation, the charitable arm of the Texas Association of Builders, is to support and develop the future of Texas' construction workforce by providing scholarships to students who are enrolled in construction related programs in Texas' technical and trade schools and colleges and universities. By designating October 2015 as "Careers in Construction Month," the Governor has provided the Texas Association of Builders and the Texas Builders Foundation with an additional tool in their efforts to educate the youth of Texas on the construction industry as a professional career path. In 2014, the Governor issued a similar proclamation, and we are honored that Governor Abbott supports the need to continue to promote and recognize the professional construction workforce in Texas.

For more information, contact Lorraine Urey at the Texas Association of Builders at or (512) 476-6346.

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Texas Workforce Commission
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) this month announced the availability of $48.5 million in job-training funding from the Texas Legislature for Skills Development Fund grants during the 2016-17 biennium. This year marks 20 years of the Skills Development Fund customized training opportunities for Texas businesses and their workers.

The Skills Development Fund has become Texas' premier job-training program, by providing vital training for high-demand occupations for Texas businesses and workers through collaboration among businesses, public community and technical colleges, local Workforce Development Boards and economic development partners.

"Skills Development Fund grants are a valuable tool allowing Texas workers to obtain customized job-training that meets the needs of employers," said Chairman Andres Alcantar. "This investment in the Texas workforce strengthens Texas businesses through partnerships with community colleges, while helping our state remain competitive."

Over the next two years, TWC will administer $48.5 million in training dollars to support high-quality customized training for approximately 24,864 new and incumbent workers in Texas.

"We are excited to celebrate 20 years of job-training grants through the Skills Development Fund," said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Ronny Congleton. "These grants allow workers to receive specialized training and in-demand certifications resulting in a highly skilled Texas workforce."

To address the evolving skills training needs of Texas businesses, TWC accepts proposals year-round to fund both technical and non-technical training.

"These Skills Development Fund grants reflect important partnerships between our community and technical colleges and employers," said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. "These collaborations help ensure that our businesses have the workforce they need to grow while providing employees the opportunity to advance their skill sets."

From its inception in September 1995 through 2014, Skills Development Fund grants created or upgraded more than 316,000 jobs throughout Texas. The grants have assisted more than 4,074 employers with customized training needs. Employers seeking more information about the Skills Development Fund may visit the TWC website at

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