Q&A With Kris Cook, NAHMA

Kris Cook, CAE, is the Executive Director of the National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA) and the 2008-2009 Chair of the ASAE Public Policy Committee. 1.      As chair of ASAE’s Public Policy Committee, what are some of the most important legislative or regulatory issues at the federal level for the association community? ASAE regularly surveys… Read more »

The Consumer Financial Protection Agency and Associations

In light of the economic downturn and its connection to the housing market, the high rate of foreclosures and other financial practices, the Obama administration proposed in June a new federal agency to regulate the consumer marketplace in a variety of areas.  As with any federal proposal, associations have weighed in on both sides. The… Read more »

Federal Agencies Not Meeting in Certain Cities

ASAE and other travel-focused associations have been sharing stories about how the economy and negative media attention has forced some corporations and associations to cancel or move their meetings from certain high-profile destinations and properties to avoid public criticism.  Today’s Wall Street Journal reports that the federal government has also been pulling meetings from some… Read more »

Association Initiatives Promote Travel and Tourism

As many people travel over the July 4th recess, the travel and hospitality community are working with Congress to help revitalize the nation’s economy. USTA, the U.S. Travel Association (formerly the Travel Industry Association) is working on numerous fronts to help keep the U.S. tourism industry vibrant in the face of a down economy.  Legislatively,… Read more »

Finance Committee Fixes Health Care Bill Costs

Late yesterday Senate Finance Committee Chair Max Baucus (D-MT) announced that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) had rescored his committee’s health care legislation and the new cost for the bill over ten years was a number that could be offset: $1 trillion. Earlier this week, CBO scored the Finance Committee’s proposal as costing $1.6 trillion… Read more »