Government Affairs

Jamie Howsley

Jamie Howsley is a land use attorney practicing in Washington and Oregon. He serves as the BIA’s Government Affairs Director. You can reach Jamie directly via email or call 360.281.1123.\r\n\r\nRead Jamie’s monthly update and visit the Dirt Law blog for the latest from the legal landscape.\r\n\r\n 

Eric Golemo

Eric Golemo is the Chair of the Government Affairs Committee. He owns SGA Engineering & Design and serves on the BIA Board of Directors. Email Eric\r\n\r\nThe BIA Government Affairs Committee meets on the second Monday of the month at 3:30 pm at the BIA office.

A primary objective of the BIA is to provide issue advocacy before local governments on a host of tax and regulatory issues for the building industry. The Government Affairs Committee directs the operations of the department.\r\n\r\nThe top issues affecting the building industry include the following:\r\n

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  • Growth Management – The BIA supports responsible implementation of the state’s Growth Management Act (GMA) through the adoption of a balanced Comprehensive Plan. The Comprehensive Plan should set Urban Growth Boundaries to include a 20-year supply of buildable land to ensure affordable housing and economic growth.
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  • Environmental Regulations – The BIA supports environmental regulations that are based on proven, relevant science and that are balanced against their economic impacts.
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  • Affordable Housing – The BIA supports market driven pricing of homes to provide affordable housing to homebuyers at all income levels.
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  • Taxes and Fees – Each new home includes $71,000 or more in taxes and fees.* For this reason, the BIA believes that it is imperative to review all proposed tax and fee increases to ensure that they provide true benefit to the homebuyer and do not unnecessarily increase the cost of housing. *University of Washington 2007 Study on Median House Prices.
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