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SHBA Announces Endorsements for City Council

July 21, 2021 | Comments Off on SHBA Announces Endorsements for City Council

The Spokane Home Builders Association PAC has announced their endorsements for the Spokane, Spokane Valley, Deer Park, and Moses Lake City Council races. In Spokane, they have endorsed Jonathan Bingle and Mike Lish. For Spokane Valley, Pam Haley and Laura Padden. In Deer Park, Hazel McGillivray, Jason Upchurch and Richard Schut. In Moses Lake, Dustin Swartz and Mark Fancher. All of the candidates running in each race were invited to an in-person interview, with members from the Board of Directors and the SHBA PAC to explain their vision for the future of their respective districts. The endorsements were then made unanimously…

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L&I Emergency Wildfire Smoke Rules

July 21, 2021 | Comments Off on L&I Emergency Wildfire Smoke Rules

What You Need to Know as an Employer   The new rules apply mainly to workers that are not in environments with filtered air (offices, vehicles, etc.) So, the rules are likely to apply to construction industry employers and workers since most of the work is outdoors/in an unfiltered environment.   Q: As an employer, how do I know when the Wildfire Smoke rules apply? A: This standard applies to workplaces where the employer “should reasonably anticipate” that employees may be exposed to wildfire smoke Q:  As an employer, once I “reasonably anticipate” employee exposure, how can I verify that…

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It is Time to Abandon the Housing Action Plan

June 23, 2021 | Comments Off on It is Time to Abandon the Housing Action Plan

Sign the Petition For more than a decade, Spokane has failed to build enough homes to meet the demands of our growing community. As a result, housing prices are increasing at never-before-seen pace. On July 12th, the Spokane City Council will vote on its Housing Action Plan – one we believe is based on out-of-date housing information and will NOT adequately address the severe housing shortage we now face. SHBA, along with the Spokane Association of Realtors, have created a petition to call on the city council to abandon its current Housing Action Plan. We believe the Housing Action Plan…

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Builders Forced to Turn Away Business

June 16, 2021 | Comments Off on Builders Forced to Turn Away Business

Housing Crisis in the News This comes as no surprise- due to the increasing cost of land, labor and lumber, builders are in trouble. Buyers are not able to afford a home and the existing supply is quickly evaporating. We have now gotten to a point where builders must turn business away because they can’t get workers, land, and building material costs have skyrocketed. “We purposefully stopped accepting pre-sales because we knew we were going to have issues with products not showing up, as well as escalating costs that we couldn’t hedge for,” Dannica Hanson of RYN Built Homes said.…

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