Charles McCrudden is Vice President/Government Relations for the Air Conditioning Contractors of America, www.acca.org. He can be reached at charlie.mccrudden@acca.org.


Articles by Charlie McCrudden

The Annual Tax Extenders Dance in Washington

Tax credits on the chopping block that impact your business
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How the Affordable Care Act Could Impact Your Bottom Line

The most significant aspects of health care reform stemming from the Affordable Care Act are set to kick in at the end of this year. Here are four health care reform provisions business owners need to be aware of.
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Case Casts Doubts About Validity of Labor Board Rulings

The Jan. 25, 2013, decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in the Noel Canning v. National Labor Relations Board case sent shockwaves through Washington, D.C. On the one hand, the decision is bound to have major consequences on a number of controversial rulings made by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
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Some Question the Intelligence of Promoting Smart Meters

Smart meters are supposed to be the wave of the future, part of the futuristic “smart grid” of electricity distribution lines that use technology to solve some of the common problems that vex homeowners and utilities alike.
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Insurance-Reform Ruling Sets Stage for Business, Individual Penalties

Assuming things stay as they are now, it’s important to understand how the health care reform law will affect contractors over the next few years.
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Controversial Labor Reversals Overshadow Idle Congress


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Now’s the Time to Speak Up About Proposed Regional Equipment Standards

Our industry has been anxiously awaiting the release of a new federal government rule that sets the minimum AFUE, SEER, and HSPF values for residential HVAC appliances. That wait ended on June 27 when the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy published the Direct Final Rule and the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Furnaces and Central Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps in the Federal Register.
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The 112th Congress: Gridlock for Sure, But Some Good News

By the end of 2012, Congress will have to revisit another extension of the Bush tax cuts, the Estate Tax, the Alternative Minimum Tax, and other tax incentives that will expire in 2013. Although no one expects the 112th Congress to accomplish much, the new Congressional dynamics could yield some wins for the hvacr community.
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Expect Election Fever To Dominate 2012 Politics

I’m not a professional seer, but I can tell you right now with relative certainty what’s going to happen in Washington this year and how it’s going to impact HVACR contractors. Predicting the future isn’t that hard when you know “what is past is prologue."
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Why President Obama is Suddenly Friendlier to Business

We are seeing a big change on Capitol Hill from the 112th Congress. The new landscape assures gridlock, which changes the dynamic and the agenda. There is a method to this madness, and it all has to do with the November 2012 election.
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Will Congress Fill the “Lazy” Days of Summer with HVACR Issues?

When you take a 50,000-foot view, you realize all levels of the HVACR industry are facing more scrutiny from the federal government than ever before.
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