TAG: government affairs

Government Affairs: How the new tax legislation may affect your tax bill

January 3, 2018By

Fulfilling his promise to give Americans “an incredible Christmas gift,” President Trump signed a $1.5 trillion tax bill on Dec. 22. What this tax bill will mean to you and your company may take some help from your tax adviser. While one of the goals at the outset for this tax reform bill was to simplify the tax code, the... read more

Government Affairs: Will the federal tax bill help your business?

December 4, 2017By

As I am writing this blog, the U.S. Senate is debating its version of a tax bill that could dramatically change the country, from the way that our businesses operate to how we make personal decisions about where to live. When the Senate’s version of the tax bill passes it will go to a conference committee where the House and... read more

Government Affairs: Is the spotted lanternfly a threat to outdoor living?

November 8, 2017By

In September 2014, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) received a call from a company near Reading, Pa. Employees had found a strange bug at the back of their property in a tree of heaven (Ailanthus altissima) grove. When the PDA inspectors arrived at the company, they saw gray-winged bugs about an inch long, covering the trunks of the Ailanthus... read more

Government Affairs: Congress moves ever so slightly toward a better understanding of industry labor issues

October 5, 2017By

Last month, I spent two days in Washington D.C. with about a hundred green industry company owners and state and national association staffers to push forward the industry’s agenda with Congress. The effort was organized by AmericanHort, a national association that represents nursery and greenhouse growers, landscape contractors and garden centers across the county. Company owners and association staffers spent... read more

Government Affairs: Update on Federal actions affecting landscape contractors

July 5, 2017By

With all the talk in Washington about health care bills and the Russia investigation, it’s easy to lose sight of more mundane but nonetheless important issues directly affecting the landscape contracting industry. Here is an update on what is happening with two important issues. Federal Overtime Rule The new federal overtime rule, that would have doubled the mandatory salary at... read more

Government Affairs: Will Trump increase H-2B visas?

June 6, 2017By

In late April, Congress passed an appropriations bill to fund the federal government through the federal fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30. Contained in that bill was language that provided the Secretary of Homeland Security the authority to double the number of H-2B visas available, from 66,000 to 129,000, if the secretary found that there was “need.” Listening session Last... read more