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The inability of Congressional Republicans to pass legislation which would repeal, replace, modify, alter or any other verb you may like, the Affordable Care Act has raised the stakes on the GOP to pass something substantive on the tax front.   You may hear the term “tax reform” regularly, but doing comprehensive tax reform is one of the heavier lifts that can be undertaken by the Legislative Branch (it was last done in 1986). Unlike…

  On May 24, over 100 HARDI members participated in the HARDI Congressional Fly-In. These members took time from their busy schedules to come to Washington and meet with more than 200 offices, in addition to a Q&A session with White House personnel, and meet with key Congressional Committee staff.   Anyone who has walked past a television in the past few months would believe that political tensions would be at an all-time high. And…

It never ceases to amaze me when I hear from people who are frustrated with the way Washington and their state governments are working, but then choose to sit on the sidelines.   The majority of states have made voting easier than ever — we can debate whether that actually benefits the process or not — yet millions of people often choose not to exercise their vote at the ballot box.   It probably doesn’t…

One of the most discussed issues in our industry over the past few years has been the question of “what percentage of units within our industry are ‘dry-charge R-22’ condensing units?” Fortunately for those of us who want to see if our prognostications were correct, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sent information requests to the seven largest U.S. unitary air-conditioning manufacturers in an effort to gain a better understanding of the R-22 condensing unit market…

As we move toward the July 1, 2016 date which marks the end of the “sell-through” period for 13-SEER Product (manufactured before 2015) in the South and Southwest regions and the record keeping requirements for all distributors nationwide it is worth recognizing that HARDI recently participated in a negotiated rulemaking which will cover the efficiency standards for Central and Single Packaged A/C and Heat Pumps from 2023-2028.   The HVAC industry made numerous proposals to…

In the event you haven’t heard, 2016 is an election year. Many employers are understandably unsure about whether they can (or should) discuss how elections and public policy may impact their business. According to a recent study, you may be better positioned than major political parties to have an electoral impact.   According to an article in The Hill (a publication that covers Capitol Hill), a recent study stated 31 percent of respondents ranked their…

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