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  • Capitol Update: Finish Line Possibly in Sight for One Top Industry Issue

    Apartment Industry Colleagues,March was a big month for two of the top federal legislative issues that could impact the apartment industry’s future – housing finance reform and tax reform. In each case, a long-anticipated legislative proposal was released by a committee chairman. Neither one has universal support at the moment and both have their critics. The outlook for one is much...
  • Capitol Update: Despite Surveys, We Favor Those Already in Power

    Apartment Industry Colleagues,One of the most talked about statistics in politics is the Congressional approval rating. How the nation feels about its elected officials is surveyed and monitored on a monthly basis. According to a February poll by Gallup, 12 percent of Americans approve of the job that Congress is doing. This is a little below what it was at this point in 2013, but three points...
  • Capitol Update: Consensus by Executive Order

    Apartment Industry Colleagues,It has been a mixed month in the never-ending quest to find consensus in Washington, D.C. During his recent State of the Union Address, the President set down a new formula for achieving the objectives on his public policy wish list: White House Idea – Congressional Support = Executive Order. Case in point, the President wants to increase the minimum wage. He...
  • Capitol Update: After the Holidays, Action Resumes on Capitol Hill

    Happy New Year Apartment Industry Colleagues,It is quiet in the nation’s capital for the moment, but action resumes shortly as both houses of Congress return to work from their holiday recess. The President will make his annual and constitutionally required State of the Union Speech on January 28. As for what the President might say in his speech, we can safely assume he will want to say...

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