Moving News Around the Country

Moving News Around the Country


Recently, California Moving and Storage Association hosted its 95th Annual Convention in Santa Barbara, CA. Several speakers were involved in the event, including: Linda Bauer Darr (American Moving and Storage Association), Colette Carlson (Speak Your Truth, Inc.), Sean Edgar (, Terry Head (International Association of Movers), Mark Hegarty (CMSA Council of Hegarty Law Offices), and Bobby Albert (Albert Moving and Storage).

Those who attended were also offered a better look into military affairs via several 15-minute “roundtable” discussions with 5 military experts. Additionally, a van line panel of moving experts sought to inform attendees on the greater advancements in which van lines are operating based upon becoming more tech-savvy, as well as eco-friendly, and the importance of van line operators (both past and present). During the awards luncheon, a $5,000 donation was made to Special Olympics of Southern California, by CMSA. And it was announced that they will also be awarding over $53,000 in scholarships to 26 college students this year.

PJ Welch (Cardinal Van and Storage Co.) was named the new chairman of CMSA, chapter presidents were officially recognized for their support to CMSA. And finally, the Chapter of the Year, San Diego Chapter, presented CMSA with a check for $25,000 to their scholarship fund as well.



In May of this year, the Minnesota State Legislature approved a $2.1 billion dollar bill of which includes a levy on storage and warehousing services, for tangible personal property. The tax does however exclude the following: agricultural products, refrigerated storage, electronic data, self-storage services, and storage of motor vehicles, recreational vehicles, as well as personal boats. The new tax is expected to go into effect as of April 1st, 2014. Members of the Minnesota Transport Services Association (MTSA), who offer any or all of these particular services have the opportunity to take up any issues regarding the changes that will take effect (and largely impact their business) with legislature leaders in advance.

MTSA was greatly involved in providing the support for an annual food drive (one of three major events that MTSA participates in every year) as well in May, which was sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers, and the Second Harvest Heartland. Over one million pounds of food was collected to feed local residents, making it possibly the best year the food drive has seen.