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March 13, 2019

Let's Give It One Last Try ...

Jim MoodyBy Jim Moody, CAE
CSA President

If you’ve been paying attention at all over the past six months, you are well aware that we are trying to create an Association Health Plan. Laws changed last year to allow members of associations like ours to come together to form a group for health insurance purposes. We want to leverage the power of the association to entice health insurance companies to offer our group rates better than you could get as an individual company.

Will it work? I hope so, but as with any venture like this, there are no guarantees. We might not find an insurance company willing to recognize our group. Nothing in the law compels them to offer quotes to Association Health Plans. And even if they do quote us, there’s no guarantee that the rates will be different than you can get right now. But brighter minds than mine believe that Association Health Plans can be a meaningful solution, particularly for companies under 50 employees who are socked with the highest rates today.

But we need your help!

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Welcome New Member -- Sunrise Building Supply!

Sunrise Building Supply logoCSA is pleased to welcome Sunrise Building Supply, LLC as our newest dealer member!

Located in Horn Lake, Miss., Charles Thomas and his crew are already taking advantage of their membership by joining a dealer roundtable and enrolling in our upcoming education courses being held in Jackson next month.

Welcome to CSA! We’re glad you’re here!


New Store Manager Roundtables Forming Now; First Meetings in May

We have had such a positive response to forming a new Store Manager Roundtable that we've added another group. Who's eligible? Current and prospective store managers are invited to join.

For a number of reasons, we make sure that competing companies aren't in the same group. We'll make sure you are included in the best group for you.

The new CSA Store Manager Roundtables will hold their first meetings on either May 7-8 or May 9-10, depending on the group.

To sign up, contact CSA Manager of Member Services Cindy Edgar at [email protected] or 770-301-3713.

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Sales Training Scheduled in April for Mississippi 

Sales ChartYou can give your sales staff the sales and estimating skills they need to help grow your business with cost-effective CSA training.

CSA is offering the “Nuts & Bolts of Lumber and Building Material Sales” in Jackson, Miss., followed by the two-day "Basic Estimating Course" and the one-day "Advanced Estimating Course." All Mississippi courses will be held the week of April 23.

Nuts & Bolts -- April 23 in Jackson, Miss.
Basic Estimating -- April 24-25 in Jackson, Miss.
Advanced Estimating -- April 26 in Jackson, Miss.

Register online now!

Questions? Contact Katie Bodiford at [email protected] or 678-674-1860.

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Oklahoma District Meetings Tee Off on March 25 & 26

putter & golf ballThe Oklahoma District Meetings will combine food, fun and a chance to hit the "high-tech" links at TopGolf in OKC and the Flying Tee outside Tulsa this spring!

On Monday, March 25, we'll kick-off (or TEE OFF actually!) at 5:30pm with cocktails and appetizers followed by a casual buffet and a chance to hear from Ed Pratt, Director of Risk Management for Midlands. Following his brief dinner presentation, you'll have the opportunity to grab a club and have some fun. We'll be following the same schedule the next night in Jenks, Okla., at the Flying Tee. 

Registration is now open and you can sign up by clicking on the link below. It's easy to register online and you can even select the "Invoice Me" option and pay later.

Can't wait to see you next month. If you have any questions, feel free to give Katie Bodiford a call at (770) 252-1284.

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2019 Georgia Legislative Session -- Update 4

By Katie Base Roberts
Director of Governmental Affairs
Fiveash Stanley, Inc.

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The critical Crossover Day milestone was last Thursday.  While the Senate adjourned shortly before 7 p.m., the House worked until after 11 p.m.  Their debate included hate crimes legislation and an abortion measure that was so contentious it threatened to derail the chamber’s remaining business.

Legislators were back to work on Friday, but met only briefly to assign newly-received legislation to committees.  The Capitol was quickly vacated after the chambers adjourned and members will spend a much-needed break at home over the weekend.  This week, they are scheduled to be in session Monday through Thursday.  As of Monday, 11 legislative days remain for members to shepherd bills to final passage.  Adjournment is scheduled for April 2.

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Mississippi & Louisiana Legislative Update

Steve BrowningBy Steve Browning, CSA Lobbyist
Hayes Dent Public Strategies

Let's begin with a quick update on legislative efforts in Mississippi:

Premises Liability Reform
SB 2901 promises to give business owners greater protections against frivolous lawsuits for actions taken on one’s property that are out of the property owner’s control.  This bill is supported by a wide array of business trade groups and it passed from the House and Senate earlier this week.  We believe this bill may go to a conference committee to iron-out any differences.  We will keep you up to date on any new news with this bill.

Private Activity Bond Bill
HB 869 would regulate the performance and payment bond industries in Mississippi related to private construction jobs. 

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Why the Just-Released February Jobs Numbers are Disappointing -- And Why That Matters

By John T. Harvey, Contributor
Forbes.com

The much-anticipated February Employment Situation report was released Feb. 8, showing that total nonfarm payroll employment added 20,000 jobs. This is in contrast to 311,000 in January.  While much below even the lowest forecast, the fact that the government shutdown ended in January actually allowed unemployment to decline to 3.8%. Gains were had in professional and business services, health care, and wholesale trade. Construction employment fell. The updates of the December and January reports showed upward revisions.

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