Amerimix
BMJ Stone
EZG Manufacturing
Federated Insurance
Fraco USA, Inc.
Hohmann and Barnard, Inc.
Hydro Mobile, Inc.
iQ Power Tools
Kennison Forest Products, Inc.
Mortar Net Solutions
Non-Stop Scaffolding
Pullman Ermator
Southwest Scaffolding
SPEC MIX LLC
Stabila
Tradesmen's Software, Inc.
May 2010

The Government is Working, 24-7

President’s Message


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We all are aware of the many changes taking place in Washington, D.C., today. No matter where we stand in the political system, we are alarmed by the rapid changes.

It makes us realize that, while we sleep, our government is working overtime making all of these changes. It seems today that we, as business owners and especially our industry, will feel effects that do not add up to many pluses on the bottom line. That’s why our Legislative Conference is more important this year than ever.

We will be gathering in Washington, D.C., May 5 and 6, with our other industry partners and will go to The Hill to meet with our lawmakers, voicing our concerns and our needs. Our Legislative Committee, chaired by Paul Odom, is doing an outstanding job for all of us mason contractors, and we need to be there as a support team to their efforts.

Today, there is a law in place that will allow the government to withhold 3 percent from all government contracts with no deadline for when we would ever receive the money. In my thoughts, we need to call it a tax, rather than a withholding. So far, we, along with others, have been able to keep this bill from coming into effect.

The MCAA is now leading the way in getting this withholding bill repealed. We are confident that, with the help of each of you,we will be able to accomplish our mission. Then, we will make a strong push on Worker Misclassification laws. Many are avoiding paying payroll tax by giving all of their employees a 1099, rather than showing them as employees, which they are.We are gaining support on both sides of the aisle, but we need the help of all to accomplish our mission. We truly want the playing field to be level in these tough economic times.

There also is the issue of MILCON, which is taking market share from us. When I wrote my last article, I was in D.C. to visit with the Pentagon concerning the issue of the use masonry in the construction of our Army bases. As we speak, we are being replaced with stick construction. Do we remain quiet and say, “Oh well?” No, we do not. Rather, we visit the Pentagon and our congressmen to voice our concerns, and we will never give up until we are successful.

We will not stop with these issues that I have just mentioned, but will continue to work on behalf of every mason contractor in the United States. We all know how important the success of Vision 20/20 is to our business and our industry. We will use the hallways of Capitol Hill, as well as the city council chambers, to achieve bills and ordinances that will require the use of masonry in construction.

If you do not know your congressman or senator, break down that wall and get to know each one of them. Our grassroots efforts will enable us to establish relationships that we can use for the good of our industry for many years down the road. If you do not feel comfortable doing this on your own, then contact our MCAA office. We will give you the help and guidance in doing this. This is one of the easiest ways to add money to your bottom line. If we don’t do it, then we will lose, because the government is working 24-7. Remember the bill called “Healthcare Reform?” Do I need to say more?

Until next time, this old cowboy says, “Shoot for the moon, and even if you miss, you will land among the stars.”


Chairman’s Message Archive

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August 2018
Masonry’s Future

Worthwhile Work

June 2018
Worthwhile Work

A New Beginning

February 2018
A New Beginning

Givers Gain

January 2018
Givers Gain

Things to Remember

March 2017
Things to Remember

Looking Forward

February 2017
Looking Forward

A Fresh Start

January 2017
A Fresh Start

Who Moved My Cheese?

September 2016
Who Moved My Cheese?

Giving back

December 2015
Giving back

An exciting year ahead

February 2015
An exciting year ahead

Defining success

December 2014
Defining success

Staying busy for you

August 2014
Staying busy for you

Ready for action

February 2014
Ready for action

Thanks

January 2014
Thanks

Happy holidays

December 2013
Happy holidays

MCAA Midyear update

November 2013
MCAA Midyear update

The MCAA in D.C.

August 2013
The MCAA in D.C.

A Lot Happening

July 2013
A Lot Happening

Eye opening

June 2013
Eye opening

Positive movement

March 2013
Positive movement

Headed to Vegas

February 2013
Headed to Vegas

New beginning

January 2013
New beginning

It’s finally over

December 2012
It’s finally over

My trip to the Rockies

November 2012
My trip to the Rockies

The 2012 election

October 2012
The 2012 election

Stay involved

September 2012
Stay involved

Networking

August 2012
Networking

Summer time

July 2012
Summer time

Exciting time

June 2012
Exciting time

Working for you

May 2012
Working for you

New beginnings

March 2012
New beginnings

Farewell!

February 2012
Farewell!

One more to go!

January 2012
One more to go!

Join us in Vegas

November 2011
Join us in Vegas

As the world turns

August 2011
As the world turns

A Bright Future

May 2011
A Bright Future

Tidbits From MCAA

March 2011
Tidbits From MCAA

Time Flies By

February 2011
Time Flies By

The End of the Year

December 2010
The End of the Year

Busy Times!

November 2010
Busy Times!

South of 40

October 2010
South of 40

What Are We Doing?

August 2010
What Are We Doing?

Moving Forward

March 2010
Moving Forward

A Fond Farewell

February 2010
A Fond Farewell

A New Year

January 2010
A New Year

Start the Year Strong

December 2009
Start the Year Strong

MCAA in D.C.

September 2009
MCAA in D.C.

Brick Voids

August 2009
Brick Voids

Vision 2020

February 2009
Vision 2020

State of the Association

February 2009
State of the Association

The Silver Lining

January 2009
The Silver Lining

Impact on the Hill

June 2008
Impact on the Hill

New Horizons

February 2008
New Horizons

Wrapping up Another Year

December 2007
Wrapping up Another Year

Greetings From Italy!

November 2007
Greetings From Italy!

We Need Your Help!

January 2005
We Need Your Help!

The Strength of Unity

November 2003
The Strength of Unity

Changing of the Guard

February 2002
Changing of the Guard

“The MCAA is truly trying to move the masonry industry forward.”

Thomas Cummer
Cummer Masonry, Inc.
MCAA member since 2003

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