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Legislation removes contribution limits

On August 28th, 2008, Senate Bill 1038 became law in Missouri. This act repeals the campaign contribution limits for certain candidates running for office in Missouri as well as making a number of other changes with respect to candidate and continuing committee campaign finance reporting. To download a more specific summary of the changes and ... Read More

What is "Greenwashing"?

By Cara Shaefer, City Utilities of Springfield Director of Energy Management & Conservation “I’ve heard the word “green” so much lately…” is how one of the new Focus on Green spots starts out – and isn’t it true? Daily we get bombarded with green messages, but how do we know which ones we can trust? ... Read More

Tougher Penalties for Metal Theft: New Law Takes Effect Thursday

In 2008 the Missouri state legislature passed, and Governor Matt Blunt signed, legislation increasing penalties against those who steal commodity metals. Metal theft has become a growing problem on residential construction sites as the price of copper and other commodity metals has increased.  For a summary of the bill history and contents, click here. The ... Read More

Update from HBA I&E Committee Meeting with Greene County

After meeting with the HBA I&E committee several times, the County is now providing a uniform engineered design requirement for roof covered single level decks. The goal was to prevent builders/homeowners from having to incur the additional cost of getting an engineered design for this each time they chose to build a roof-covered deck of ... Read More

Morrow Receives Executive Officer of the Year Award at Annual National Gala Honoring HBAs

HBA of Greater Springfield also Honored with Record Five Association Excellence Awards at Ceremonies in Providence SPRINGFIELD – The Home Builders Association of Greater Springfield announced today that Executive Officer Matt Morrow has been recognized as the top Executive Officer in the country by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Executive Officers Council (EOC). The ... Read More

The Truth About Granite and Radon

There's been a lot of talk in the press recently about granite emitting radiation and being a potential health hazard in the home. The truth of the matter is that granite is a safe product. There are numerous independent studies documenting its safety. For more information, click here to download an informational brochure or visit ... Read More

First Time Home Buyers Eligible for $7500 Tax Credit

First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit at a Glance The tax credit is available for first-time home buyers only. -The maximum credit amount is $7,500. -The credit is available for homes purchased on or after April 9, 2008 and before July 1, 2009. -Single taxpayers with incomes up to $75,000 and married couples with incomes up ... Read More

Remember to Vote on Tuesday, Aug. 5th!

Tuesday August 5th is voting day! Remember these candidates the CBBT has supported:  Terry Ozborn, Republican candidate for Greene County Public Administrator (HBA member) Jeff Justus, Republican candidate for state representative, 62nd district (Taney and Stone Counties) Roseann Bentley, Greene County Commissioner up for re-election Lyndall Fraker, republican candidate for Webster County Northern Commissioner.  Also, ... Read More

President Signs Landmark Housing Legislation

Resources available to help builders educate consumers about the tax credit Landmark housing legislation signed into law today by President Bush is aimed at ending the current cyclical downturn in the housing industry, helping home buyers and strapped borrowers and strengthening the housing finance system, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). "This ... Read More

Housing Legislation Awaits President's Signature

Tax Credit Could Help Stimulate Housing Market Prospective first-time home buyers who have been sitting on the fence now have a significant financial incentive to explore the opportunities available in today’s housing market. H.R. 3221, the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 — which has just been passed by the Congress and now is ... Read More

Workforce Housing Summit in Branson July 29

Taney County’s first Work Force Housing Summit will be held July 29, according to Cy Murray, president of the Taney County Industrial Development Authority (IDA). The Summit will be held from 9 a.m. to about noon at Presleys’ Country Jubilee Theater in Branson. Sponsors are the Taney County IDA and Taney County Commission. Originally scheduled ... Read More

Two HBA Members Run for Office

HBA Member Terry Ozborn Two HBA of Greater Springfield members are currently running for office in primary elections to be determined August 5th. Both of these members have received contributions from your political action committee, the Coalition for Building a Better Tomorrow. Builder Terry Ozborn is running for Greene County Public Administrator. "The Greene County ... Read More

NAHB Advocacy Update on Housing Stimulus

House Takes Up Housing Stimulus Legislation  Urge Swift Passage and Extension of the Housing Tax Credit! Thank you for your phone calls and emails to Congress over the last several weeks urging passage of housing stimulus legislation.  With your help, the Senate passed HR 3221 last Friday, July 11. HR 3221 has moved back to ... Read More

Missouri Governor Signs Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday Bill

Missouri Only the Fourth State to Enact Environmentally-Friendly Tax Holiday Legislation Also Contains Tax Credits for Energy Audits and Related Home Improvements Gov. Matt Blunt today enacted the state’s new Show-Me Green Tax Holiday for Energy-Star appliances making Missouri only the fourth state in the country to enact this environmentally-friendly tax holiday. The governor called ... Read More

Federal Housing Stimulus Bill Needs Action

The need for federal legislation to spur home buying and hold back the foreclosure wave is increasing day by day. Congress went home for the Independence Day recess without reaching agreement on key aspects of the housing bill, although there’s a good chance that a bill will be sent to President Bush by the August ... Read More