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Government Affairs: Congress’ unfinished business for landscapers

December 7, 2015By

This year was not a productive year for Congress dealing with issues important to landscape contractors. For that matter, 2015 was not a productive year for Congress by any measure. Although both the House and Senate are controlled by the Republican Party, deep internal divisions among Republican House members, kept much of anything meaningful from getting to the floor for... read more

Government Affairs: Unfinished business

November 4, 2014By

As the 113th U.S. Congress comes to the end of its term in December, many are calling it the most unproductive Congress in history. Partisan wrangling rather than constructive legislative work seemed to have been the order of the day throughout this Congress’ two-year history. Left undone are at least three pieces of legislation that could help landscape contractors. Putting... read more

NJLCA, NJNLA team up for Legislative Day on the Hill

August 8, 2014By

Hundreds of Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) members converged in Washington, D.C., July 29 for the organization’s annual Legislative Day on the Hill, hosted by PLANET, the Accredited Snow Contractors Association and the Snow & Ice Management Association. The event is put on to offer landscape professionals an opportunity to discuss issues impacting the landscape and lawn care industry with their senators and representatives.... read more

Government Affairs: Opportunity for immigration reform

June 2, 2014By

Just when possibility for Congressional action this year on immigration reform seemed doomed, a small breeze came in through the window. Players on the Republican and Democratic sides of the issue seem to agree there is narrow window of opportunity for immigration reform in June and July this summer. That window has been created by the conclusion of the spring... read more

Is 2014 a year of opportunity for the Green Industry?

April 4, 2014By

Invariably, all of us sages are queried with: “You’ve been around the country. You see things. So, what kind of year is 2014 going to be?” Like we know… We do have opinions, though, and mine is very upbeat. I make it a priority to stay on top of industry benchmarks and information sources, not the least of which are... read more

Costs Report: Expecting increases

October 11, 2013By

Landscape companies seek savings as they plan for cost increases in many areas of their businesses. Controlling costs is a major focus of most successful businesses, and the Green Industry has been no exception to that in 2013. Todd Pugh, CEO of Todd’s Enviroscapes, a $11.5 million company in Louisville, Ohio, estimates his costs are twice a much as they... read more