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BAM: Advocate and Watchdog Article III, Section III (2017) - “Our Membership is Our Strength”

Feb 21, 2017

BAM: Advocate and Watchdog Article III, Section III (2017) By Forrest Cyr, Director of Government Affairs and Communications “Our Membership is Our Strength” The Builders Association of Minnesota (BAM) had a successful Day at the Capitol, with our friends from the MN Association of…

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Advocate and Watchdog Art. II Sec. XI

Oct 13, 2016

The year is rapidly coming to a close. To celebrate another memorable year, we’re having our annual industry celebration on December 8th, 2016 at the Mall of America Radisson Blu in Bloomington, MN. We are excited to have you join us to celebrate with your fellow members, and special…

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Advocate and Watchdog, Article II, Sec. IX - There are Other Important Elections in November!

Aug 15, 2016

BAM: Advocate and Watchdog Article II, Sec. IX (2016) By Forrest Cyr, Director of Government Affairs and Communications There are Other Important Elections in November! With much of the focus this election cycle squarely on the presidential race, it can be easy to forget that there are…

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Advocate and Watchdog, Article II, Sec. VIII - Policy Platform – By Members, For Members

Aug 15, 2016

BAM: Advocate and Watchdog Article II, Sec. VIII (2016) By Forrest Cyr, Director of Government Affairs and Communications Policy Platform – By Members, For Members As the non-partisan advocacy organization for Minnesota’s building industry, the Builders Association of Minnesota works…

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2016 BAM Session Review

Aug 1, 2016

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Advocate and Watchdog, Article II, Sec. VI “2016 Session: Our $4 Million Success”

Jul 1, 2016

BAM: Advocate and Watchdog Article II, Sec. VI (2016) By Forrest Cyr, Director of Government Affairs and Communications 2016 Session: Our $4 Million Success, Expanded 6-Year Code Cycle, and Other Legislative Wins In the 2016 Minnesota Legislative Session, many of the big …

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Advocate and Watchdog, Article II, Sec. V “What’s the difference?  BAM-PAC. BUILD PAC. Housing 1st”

Jul 1, 2016

BAM: Advocate and Watchdog Article II, Sec. V (2016) By Forrest Cyr, Director of Government Affairs and Communications What’s the difference? BAM-PAC. BUILD PAC. Housing First Family of Funds. Builders Association of Minnesota members have many options …

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Advocate and Watchdog, Article II, Sec. IV “Staying Engaged”

Apr 15, 2016

BAM: Advocate and Watchdog Article II, Section IV (2016) By Forrest Cyr, Director of Government Affairs and Communications “Staying Engaged” When the 2016 legislative session ends, it is important for members to stay engaged in the legislative process. The 2016 state legislative races…

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Advocate and Watchdog, Article II, Sec. III “Day at the Capitol is Just the Beginning”

Apr 15, 2016

BAM: Advocate and Watchdog Article II, Section III (2016) By Forrest Cyr, Director of Government Affairs and Communications “Day at the Capitol is Just the Beginning” At Day at the Capitol, we had a great time coming together as an industry to spend the day with your…

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Advocate and Watchdog, Article II, Sec. II “A Unified Industry Voice”

Apr 15, 2016

BAM: Advocate and Watchdog Article II, Section II (2016) By Forrest Cyr, Director of Government Affairs and Communications “A Unified Industry Voice” As part of BAM’s government affairs program, the policy adoption process unifies our collective industry voice. Taking input from…

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Advocate and Watchdog: Article II, Sec. I - “Electing a Strong Builder Party”

Jan 22, 2016

BAM: Advocate and Watchdog Article II, Section I (2016) By Forrest Cyr, Director of Government Affairs and Communications With 2016 underway, the 2016 Minnesota State Legislative session almost upon us, and the pivotal 2016 general election just around the corner, the time is now to…

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Advocate and Watchdog, Article I, Sec. IV - “We Honor Our Best”

Jan 22, 2016

BAM: Advocate and Watchdog Article I, Section IV (2016) January 2016 By Forrest Cyr, BAM Communications & Government Affairs Associate Happy New Years, BAM Members! As we reflect on 2015 and look ahead to 2016, all of us at BAM are thankful to work with such wonderful people…

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Advocate and Watchdog:  Article I, Sec. III - “A Memorable Year (Top 10 List!)”

Jan 22, 2016

BAM: Advocate and Watchdog Article I, Section III (2015) By Forrest Cyr, BAM Communications & Government Affairs Associate “Looking Back.” Another great year is almost in the books. With 2016 just around the corner, and with the holidays upon us, it’s time to look back at the…

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Advocate and Watchdog: Article I, Sec. II - “BAM-PAC”

Jan 22, 2016

BAM: Advocate and Watchdog Article I, Section II (2015) By Forrest Cyr, BAM Communications & Government Affairs Associate “We Keep the Lights On, and Make a Few Friends Along the Way.” This is BAM-PAC. In a contemporary, sustained, and member-focused advocacy program, a well-funded…

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Advocate and Watchdog: Article I, Sec. I - “If You Can’t Touch It, What’s Its Value?”

Jan 22, 2016

BAM: Advocate and Watchdog Article I, Section I (2015) By Forrest Cyr, BAM Communications & Government Affairs Associate “If You Can’t Touch It, What’s Its Value?” The value of a good defense cannot be overstated. From a government affairs perspective, the value of stopping a bad…

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Contractor Registration Program, Avoid Getting Fined

Nov 7, 2014

Contractors who provide residential or commercial building construction or improvement services are required to register with DLI through the Construction Contractor Registration Program. Licensed residential contractors do not have to be registered because they already carry a license…

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NAHB Spring Board Report

Jul 11, 2014

Happy Summer from your NAHB State Rep, Kathe Ostrom. I returned from the NAHB Spring Board meeting in Washington DC feeling grateful for Minnesota’s weather. If you think MN is muggy… WOW it’s a sauna in DC! There is lots of politicking within NAHB for the upcoming election of our…

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What's up and what's on deck for the housing industry and economy?

Apr 25, 2014

The 2014-2015 Economic and Housing Forecast as presented by NAHB Three economists gave their best predictions as to what 2014 and 2015 will bring for the housing industry and economy nationally and regionally.  The presenter lineup included: David Crowe, Chief Economis with NAHB,…

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Randy Noel Endorsed for NAHB Race

Apr 24, 2014

NAHB elections should be on your radar.  I’m Kathe Ostrom, your NAHB MN State Rep and there is a contested election for the 2015 NAHB Third Vice Chair position.  I know… the news channels are filled with election hoopla for local, state and national government races too.  And…

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Down the Appraisal Rabbit Hole

Mar 27, 2014

Well, it’s been a dry spell since things that make me crazy have shown up. But at IBS, the Exec Committee was given a report, “State Appraisal Regulatory Board Best Practices”, on a GAO publication (Government Accountability Office) entitled ‘Real Estate Appraisals – Appraisal…

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BAM Board Meeting + Builder Day at the Capitol

Mar 15, 2014

On March 12, over 170 builders association members from across the state converged in Saint Paul to use our collective industry voice at our state’s Capitol. We are stronger together, and it’s one of the reasons the Builders Association of Minnesota exists. Every local…

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Home Building Industry Day at the Capitol March 12

Feb 16, 2014

Each year the builders association hosts a Day at the Capitol, and this year it’s going to be better than ever. All members of the association and the home building industry are invited to join us March 12 to deliver the message to the Legislature that the home building industry matters.…

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2013 State Award Winners Announced

Jan 16, 2014

Tuesday December 17th, 2013 members from around the state gathered for a day of celebration. The Builders Association of Minnesota (BAM) Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner was held in concert with a BUILDPAC and BAM-PAC fundraiser. Thank to all who attended, sponsored and made the day a…

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The Gifts of Membership

Dec 24, 2013

The holidays are a time to count your blessings and give thanks. Membership with the Builders Association of Minnesota is the gift that keeps on giving. Remember to “open” these gifts and take them out for a spin! Legislative, Regulatory, and Legal Protection The biggest benefit…

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Open Post on the ALJ Sprinkler Hearing

Dec 12, 2013

Today BAM’s legal team and expert witnesses present our case to Administrative Law Judge Eric Lipman to keep mandatory sprinkler systems out of the residential building code. We will be live tweeting and live blogging throughout the hearing today. Check back for updates. 8:37AM The troops…

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Early Registration Discount: Feb. 6 MN Construction Conference

Dec 6, 2013

Register early for the first-ever Minnesota Construction Industry Conference Early-bird registration is now open for the first-ever Minnesota Construction Industry Conference to be held on February 6, 2014, at the Ramada Inn Mall of America, Bloomington. The State of Minnesota and its…

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Interview with the Expert: Sneak Peek at 2014 Session

Nov 26, 2013

Introducing Brian Halloran of Redmond Associates; the lobbying firm that represents BAM at the State Capitol. Redmond Associates are among the best in the business and we’ve asked them to give us a sneak peek of the 2014 session. Question:  This upcoming Minnesota legislative session…

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What Does BAM's Legal Action Fund Do For Me?

Oct 18, 2013

The home building industry’s legal action efforts came to life in 2003 in response to the significant amount of government regulation negatively impacting the residential construction industry. Having developed sophisticated legislative and regulatory programs, the industry found that…

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Success: NAHB 2015 ICC Wins

Oct 18, 2013

I saw SNOW! Yep. It mysteriously appeared on the mountain peaks during a rainstorm in Colorado Springs.  This is your NAHB State Rep, Kathe Ostrom, and I recently returned from the Fall Board meeting where the weather was sunny and beautiful AND cold and rainy.  Gee! Did I leave…

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A Word From Our President

Aug 30, 2013

I hope this message finds you so busy with work you barely have time to read it! Everyday you make business decisions, often prefaced with the question “why is this good for my company?”  It’s important to know the “why” regarding your business decisions and one of those…

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She's Back! Kathe Ostrom on the NAHB Council-Committee Appointment Process

Aug 23, 2013

Hey! Where have I been? It’s Kathe Ostrom again, your NAHB State Rep and this has been a crazy summer for me. Are you doing more with less staff? Well, I certainly am….but I am not complaining….at least not a lot! I recently returned from my first NAHB Summer Exec meeting…

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New Legislation Restricting Indemnity Provisions in Effect Aug. 1, What Now?

Jul 24, 2013

By Rob Moschet McCollum, Crowley, Moschet, & Miller, Ltd. There has been much discussion, and some confusion, about the effects of the amendments to the statute restricting indemnity provisions in building and construction contracts which become effective on August 1, 2013.  This article…

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New Radon Disclosures Required for Minnesota Residential Sales

Jul 19, 2013

By Joseph G. Springer, Chair, Construction Group Fredrikson & Byron, P.A. The newly enacted Minnesota Radon Awareness Act becomes effective January 1, 2014.  The Act requires sellers of residential real property in Minnesota to make certain disclosures pertaining to the seller’s…

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Rockstar Board Member Ben Edwards Raises $3K For Legal Action Fund

Jul 12, 2013

BAM staff attended Northern Minnesota Builders Association (NMBA)’s general membership meeting earlier this year and learned that one of its rockstar members had taken it upon himself to personally fundraise for the BAM Legal Action Fund (LAC). Ben Edwards, Edwards LaPlant Construction,…

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A Tax Brief: Changes in Tax Law from the MN 2013 Session

Jun 25, 2013

Significant changes to the tax law resulted from the 2013 Legislative Session in Minnesota. Below are a sample of some of the changes Minnesotans will now face. Individual Tax Rates A new 9.85 percent tax bracket was created for the top Minnesota taxable incomes. This new rate…

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Generation Y Not?

Jun 7, 2013

Rochester Area Builders has been doing a bang up job of recruiting members from the upcoming generations. We asked, and John Eischen, RAB’s Executive Officer, was kind enough to tell us how they’re doing it. Check it out! Guest blog by John Eischen, Executive Officer of Rochester Area…

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Membership Retention Tips from Award Winning Builders Association: CMBA

May 31, 2013

Minnesota’s State Rep to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), Kathe Ostrom,  has been traveling the state and talking with members. One theme she’s heard discussed is membership retention. Central Minnesota Builders Association (CMBA) was recently awarded by NAHB for…

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New Employment Eligibility Verification Form Required

May 20, 2013

Federal law places an affirmative duty on employers to verify the identity and work authorization of all newly hired persons through completion of the Employment Eligibility Verification Form  I-9 within three business days after the individual is hired. The U.S. Citizenship and…

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What is NAHB Doing About the Price of Materials?

May 13, 2013

Hi! Kathe Ostrom, your Minnesota State Rep here asking, “Have you noticed the price of materials lately? What is NAHB doing about it?” The answer is NAHB is making efforts to decrease the impacts of the increase of material costs. Below is an economic summary and prediction for…

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How's Your Local Association Doing?

Apr 19, 2013

Hey, it’s Kathe Ostrom again - your Minnesota NAHB State Rep. I am calling local association presidents here in Minnesota to see how they are doing, asking if there are any problems that I or NAHB can help them with and just generally chatting about the state of the industry in…

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NAHB Committee Appointment Process

Apr 4, 2013

Kathe Ostrom, CN Ostrom & Son Minnesota’s NAHB State Rep There have been lots of rumblings, tumblings, and grumblings about the NAHB committee appointment process lately.  In Minnesota, there has been concern expressed about the number of Minnesota members given committee…

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Guest Blogger Kathe Ostrom Reports on NAHB

Mar 28, 2013

What has NAHB done for me lately?  Ever think this? My name is Kathe Ostrom, and I’m the NAHB State Rep for Minnesota. I’ve been a member of the builders association for over 20 years and run a remodeling company – CN Ostrom and Son. On this blog I plan to share observations and…

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Fiscal Cliff & What It Means For Homebuilders

Jan 4, 2013

In NAHB’s most recent Eye on Housing article the bill passed to avoid the “fiscal cliff” was discussed. The fiscal cliff, an economically damaging set of tax hikes and spending reductions scheduled to begin in 2013, has been avoided (for now) and that is good news for housing  in the…

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2012 BAM Award Winners Announced

Dec 14, 2012

The outstanding accomplishments of four members of the residential construction industry were recognized by the Builders Association of Minnesota (BAM) Wednesday, December 5th, 2012 at the annual BAM Awards ceremony in Minneapolis, MN. Congratulations to the 2012 Award Winners! (Click on…

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EPA Delays Expansion of Lead Rule to Commercial Building to 2015

Sep 24, 2012

The Environmental Protection Agency has delayed its plans to expand the Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule to commercial buildings until 2015. As NAHB and other trade groups have repeatedly pointed out to EPA and members of Congress charged with EPA oversight, the agency failed to…

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Contractor Registration Program Update

Sep 11, 2012

BAM received an update from the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry on the Contractor Registration pilot-program. Registration is free and online at www.dli.mn.gov/register. Beginning September 15, 2012, the next phase of the contractor registration program begins.  In addition to…

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Lt. Governors Association Passes Resolution, Calls on President, Congress to Address Housing Issues

Jul 24, 2012

BAM is pleased to report the resolution we sent to Minnesota’s Lieutenant Governor Prettner Solon July 11th was passed by the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) July 20th.  The resolution passed by the NLGA underscores the importance of homeownership and calls on Washington…

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BAM Wins Lawsuit, Upholds State Building Code

Jul 23, 2012

A decision was issued today by the Minnesota Court of Appeals, in favor of the Builders Association of Minnesota (BAM), with a huge impact on residential construction in Minnesota. Without this ruling, any municipality in Minnesota would have been able to create a policy and use it to…

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New Contractor Registration Program Now In Effect

Jul 19, 2012

The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry has implemented a new construction contractor registration pilot project required under Minn. Stat. § 181.723 as amended (Minn. Laws, chapter 295) effective as of July 1, 2012. In a letter sent July 13, 2012 the Minnesota Department of Labor…

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Where Are We At? A Mid-Year Update on the Building Industry

Jul 13, 2012

Thursday July 12, 2012 the National Association of Home Builders gave an update on the building industry hosted by NAHB CEO Jerry Howard, Chief Economist David Crowe, Ph.D., and Sr. Vice President for Government Affairs Jim Tobin, who provided information on economics, advocacy and the…

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Facts on Rumored 3.8% Sales Tax on Homes

Jul 12, 2012

NAHB has been tracking a set of emails that falsely claim that the 2010 health care reform legislation imposed a 3.8% sales tax or transfer fee on all home sales in 2013. NAHB states the 3.8% tax is not in any way a sales tax paid against the sales price of the home for either the home…

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BAM Requests Lt. Governor Prettner Solon Co-Sponsor Resolution

Jul 11, 2012

BAM sent a letter today, to Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Prettner Solon requesting that she co-sponsor a resolution introduced to the National Lieutenant Governor’s Association and up for a vote at their meeting in Chicago on July 18th. The resolution calls attention to the lagging…

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84 Metros Listed As Improving Housing Markets in July

Jul 10, 2012

The list of U.S. housing markets showing measurable and sustained improvement rose by four to include 84 metros in July, according to the National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index (IMI), released today.  This number includes representatives from 32 states…

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EPA's Removal of Lead Rule Opt-Out Provision Upheld

Jul 10, 2012

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled that the decision by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to remove the “opt-out” provision from its lead rule is legal. The EPA included the opt-out provision in the original 2008 Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting Program Rule…

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New BAM Election Fund Donors

Jun 30, 2012

THANK YOU to Pillar Homes and Amcon Block for being the latest companies to donate to BAM’s Building MN Homes – Building MN Jobs 2012 Election Fund. BAM is seeking 50 members to step up and lead the effort by committing $500 from their business to support this effort. Now is the time…

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Thank You To BAM's 2012 Election Fund Donors

Jun 22, 2012

The Builders Association of Minnesota has created a 2012 independent expenditure fund, Building MN Homes - Building MN Jobs, as a way to work together to ensure we elect candidates this fall that support our industry. The dollars will be used to purchase flyers, advertisements and radio…

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MN Business Report: Your Help Needed by June 26

Jun 20, 2012

Twin Cities Business Magazine is conducting their Third Quarter 2012 Economic Indicator Survey and they want to hear from you by June 26th! Complete the survey and provide your email address and you’ll be eligible to win one of three $100 gift certificates to the Lake Elmo Inn. The survey…

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NAHB Spring Board & Area 10 Meetings June 9

Jun 20, 2012

The National Association of Home Builders held their spring board meeting June 9, 2012 in Washington D.C. The NAHB board meeting materials can be viewed here. If you missed the meeting and are interested in the discussions that happened at the Area 10 Caucus the meeting minutes are…

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New Independent Contractor Rules as of July 1, 2012

Jun 19, 2012

The Star Tribune reported today that, “Minnesota is scrapping a four-year-old law intended to curb shady employment practices in the construction industry.” As a result of the passage of Senate File 1653 during the 2012 legislative session, the independent contractor exemption certificate…

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BAM Announces New Statewide Insurance Benefit

Jun 15, 2012

BAM is proud to announce it has endorsed a new members-only general liability insurance solution that offers not only good insurance, but the right insurance for each builder in addition to a special risk management program designed for broader coverage with the side benefit of very…

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BAM Submits Energy Code Issues & Solutions to DLI

Jun 15, 2012

The Builders Association of Minnesota hosted an Energy Code Summit April 3, 2012 in which energy and housing advocates were invited to attend and participate in a discussion. During that summit BAM presented several durability and cost issues we believe need to be address before the 2012…

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BAM Submits Fire Sprinkler Bids to DLI

Jun 15, 2012

BAM submitted a letter to the state Department of Labor and Industry May 31 that included bids that provide actual cost estimates for fire sprinklers in single-family homes. Bids were submitted by home builders currently planning or building new home construction projects who requested bids…

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BAM Appeals Case Against City of St. Paul

Jun 13, 2012

BAM’s Legal Action Committee initiated a case against the City of St. Paul in response to their egress window policy which exceeds the State Building Code. Winning the case would uphold the Minnesota Supreme Court ruling on the Sax v. City of Morris case and affirm that municipalities may…

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Improved Employment Outlook for Minnesota Construction

Jun 13, 2012

Finance & Commerce published a story June 12, 2012 reporting on the employment outlook for construction in Minnesota in light of the latest Manpower Employment Outlook survey. For all employment sectors, the article states more employers plan to hire than fire in the third quarter of…

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BAM Submits Letter to DLI on Public Policy Issues of Fire Sprinklers

Jun 12, 2012

In 2010 the Builders Association of Minnesota participated in a Residential Fire Sprinkler Task Force put together by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) under the direction of then commissioner Steve Sviggum. The task force was given the objective of discussion and inquiry…

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Congratulations to BAM Award Winners

Mar 12, 2012

The outstanding accomplishments of 13 members of the residential construction industry were recognized by the Builders Association of Minnesota Friday February 24, 2012 at the fifth annual Minnesota Builders Convention in Minneapolis, MN. Congratulations to the 2011 Award Winners! (Click…

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NAHB Construction Codes & Standards Committee Meeting

Feb 10, 2012

By: Karen Linner, BAM Director of Codes & Research The NAHB Construction Codes and Standards Committee meeting held on Tuesday February 7th was available for viewing as a webinar. I monitored the event and the time was well spent. The software was easy to download and worked without a…

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BAM Publishes Construction Fire Data

Feb 2, 2012

The Builders Association of Minnesota obtained fire death data from the Minnesota State Fire Marshal, a division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. Minnesota has collected data on fire deaths including the street address of the fire and whether or not working smoke alarms were…

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BAM Board Members Recognized at Local Awards Ceremony

Oct 20, 2011

Three Builders Association of Minnesota (BAM) board members received awards from the Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC) at BATC’s yearly awards ceremony October 15th, 2011. Kathe Ostrom, of CN Ostrom & Son, received the Robert L. Hanson Industry Service Award created in 2006 to…

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MN Dept. of Labor & Industry Changes License Numbers

Oct 12, 2011

In a letter sent to all contractors October 6th, the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry stated they were moving to an online licensing system and had changed all licensed contractor numbers effective October 3, 2011. “Effective October 3, 2011, every license, registration and…

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Cowards Or Lemmings?

Sep 8, 2011

Today on the National Association of Home Builders Executive Board floor, the agenda included 90 minutes of discussion on the Futures Task Force report. Yet before they could begin, a motion with the greatest amount of sarcasm was brought forward to postpone the discussion on the report…

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Debt Limit Crisis Ending Soon

Aug 1, 2011

As predicted, the looming debt ceiling deadline produced a bipartisan debt-limit compromise this weekend.  This morning, the details of the deal were released, and Congressional Democrats and Republicans are being briefed throughout the day.  As Congressional leaders build support for…

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MN Government Shutdown Is Over

Jul 20, 2011

This morning Governor Mark Dayton signed into law 12 budget and spending bills 57 days after the close of regular session May 23, bringing an end to the 20-day government shutdown that was the longest in state, history. After a budget agreement was made between Governor Dayton and…

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Governor Calls Special Session

Jul 19, 2011

Governor Mark Dayton called a special session today to begin at 3:00 p.m. this afternoon. The official proclamation was posted summoning members of the Legislature to convene. Terms of the special session were agreed upon and a document was signed by the Governor, Speaker of the House…

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NAHB Win: No EPA LRRP Third-Party Clearance Testing Required

Jul 18, 2011

By Pam Perri: The residential construction industry is over-regulated. There is no doubt about it. But this week the industry had a victory. And we need to celebrate the small regulatory victories. Let’s be honest, in the regulatory arena, our playbook is almost always running defense.…

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MN Budget Deal Announced

Jul 15, 2011

Governor Mark Dayton and Minnesota legislative leaders, Senate Majority Leader, Senator Amy Koch and Speaker of the House, Representative Kurt Zellers announced Thursday July 14th they’d reached a budget deal to end the 14-day government shutdown. After more than three hours of meeting…

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New OSHA Residential Fall Protection Rules In Effect Today

Jun 16, 2011

New residential fall protection rules are being required by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as of today June 16, 2011. Last December, OSHA rescinded its Interim Fall Protection Compliance Guidelines for Residential Construction (STD 03-00-001 - STD…

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BAM Provides Support To Minneapolis Tornado Victims

Jun 16, 2011

In an effort to help victims of the recent tornado destruction in North Minneapolis rebuild and repair their homes without worry of falling prey to construction by unlicensed contractors, the Builders Association of Minnesota, together with four partner associations, has created a…

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Last Week Budget Woes

May 20, 2011

Guest blog by BAM Lobbyist, Lisa Frenette The difference between 34 and 37 seems minuscule unless the numbers are actually reflected in billions of dollars. Thirty four and thirty seven are the budget numbers separating GOP held legislature and Governor Dayton from reconciling a $5…

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Federal Bill Introduced to Help Restore Flow of Credit to Housing (Miller Bill)

May 17, 2011

The article below in Nation’s Building News, one of NAHB’s email newsletters. In a major step forward in making the nation’s lawmakers aware of the dire financial situation faced by most home builders, Reps. Gary Miller (R-Calif.), Brad Miller (D-N.C.) and 29 other original cosponsors…

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Gov. Dayton Presents Letter on Budget to House and Senate Majorities

May 16, 2011

Governor Dayton presented House Speaker Representative Kurt Zellers and Senate Majority Leader Senator Amy Koch with a letter today regarding the state budget and proposing Minnesota’s $3.6 billion dollar deficit be remedied with $1.8 billion in spending cuts and $1.8 billion in…

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Remodeling Market Index Reaches Highest Level In Four Years

May 12, 2011

April 28, 2011 - According to the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) Remodeling Market Index (RMI), the remodeling market is heading into recovery with an increase to 46.5 in the first quarter of 2011 from 41.5 in the fourth quarter of 2010. This marks the highest level for the…

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Susan Marvin Named 2011 Distinguished Minnesotan

May 12, 2011

May 6, 2011—Susan Marvin, president of Marvin Windows and Doors, was presented with the 2011 Distinguished Minnesotan Award by Bemidji State University during the May 6 commencement ceremonies. First presented by Bemidji State in 1981, the Distinguished Minnesotan Award acknowledges the…

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Three Constitutional Amendments, The Last Three Weeks of Session

May 10, 2011

In the last three weeks of session three constitutional amendments are being discussed. Republicans in both the house and senate have introduced and heard bills that would be before voters in the 2012 election. The first bill addresses a constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union…

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Policy Legislation Heating Up

Apr 27, 2011

Policy hearings are off and running!  Vying for a nose in the race is RacinoNow.  The Racino proposal has been around for about ten years and proposes to add slot machines to complement horse racing and card tables. RacinoNow estimates an additional $250 million in state revenues. The…

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The Final Four

Apr 19, 2011

Written by: BAM Lobbyist Lisa Frenette, Frenette Legislative Advisors. The final four weeks of Minnesota’s legislative session, that is. Session is expected to conclude in four weeks on the constitutional deadline of May 23rd. The constitutional deadline for Minnesota’s legislative…

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HF460 Passes Out of Senate Judiciary Committee

Apr 13, 2011

After two and a half hours of testimony the Minnesota Senate Judiciary And Public Safety Committee voted to pass House File 460 authored by Committee Chair Senator Warren Limmer. The bill prohibits a mandate of fire sprinklers in single-family new construction homes. Testifying in support…

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2011 Minnesota Builders Convention A Success

Apr 12, 2011

The 2011 Minnesota Builders Convention was a blast.  From the leadership training on Friday to the final farewell breakfast Sunday morning, members were kept busy networking with peers, introducing themselves to prospects, education, political talk, meeting new friends, and having a great…

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Free Housing News For Members

Mar 31, 2011

As a member you have free access to three top NAHB newsletters that provide current information and news on topics like legislation, government regulations, educational seminars and how to market and sell your company. Nation’s Building News offers a mix of news about legislation,…

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A Word From The President

Mar 31, 2011

Written By BAM’s 2011 President Todd Bjerstedt, McDonald Remodeling. If you’re here, it’s safe to assume you’re committed to the building industry. Many of us have lost much the past few years. Some have literally lost everything. Yet here we are. Makes you wonder why doesn’t it?…

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BAM Files Summons & Complaint

Mar 31, 2011

BAM filed a summons and complaint last week in a lawsuit against the City of Saint Paul in response to the City’s current egress window policy for existing homes which directly violates Minnesota Statute 299F.011 by exceeding the Minnesota State Building Code. The existing City of St.…

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MN House Passes Fire Sprinkler Bill HF460

Mar 31, 2011

Moments ago the Minnesota House of Representatives passed BAM’s Fire Sprinkler bill (House File 460) off the House floor with a 90 - 39 vote.  It passed with minimal debate and a 51-vote margin. One Democrat representative argued against the bill stating he didn’t want to make fire…

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