TAG: Gregg Robertson

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: Last gasp for H-2B returning-worker exemption?

December 1, 2016By

Congress has one last chance to extend the H-2B returning-worker provisions in the waning days of this session of Congress. The returning-worker provision that was included last year as part of the budget process expired at the close of the federal fiscal year Sept. 30. The returning-worker provision exempts workers who were granted visas in any of the three previous... read more

Government Affairs: Last chance to extend H-2B reforms?

May 4, 2016By

H-2B Workforce Coalition and our national associations, AmericanHort and the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP), are calling for a fly-in to Washington D.C. May 18 in attempt to persuade Congress to extend the recent hard-won reforms to the H-2B guest worker program. These reforms, signed in to law by President Obama only last December, expire with the federal budget... read more

Government Affairs: Northeastern states ratchet up their regulation of invasive plants

March 1, 2016By

Two recent actions by Pennsylvania and Maryland are tightening controls on invasive plants in those states. Five other states in the Northeastern U.S. have laws and regulations that ban certain plant species that have been deemed invasive: Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont. Maryland The Maryland Department of Agriculture published a regulation on February 5 (see page 284)... read more

Government Affairs: Landscape contractors will face new federal regulations in 2016

February 3, 2016By

The Obama Administration, now in its last year, is trying to push through a number of new regulations that will affect landscape contractors before time runs out. Here is a run-down of the new regulatory packages that may impact your business and one that may not. New Pesticide Rules One of the latest regulatory changes proposed by the Environmental Protection... read more

Government Affairs: Congress comes through with H-2B Band-Aid… will rip it off in nine months

January 4, 2016By

In my December blog, when I listed H-2B guest worker program reforms as one of Congress’ pieces of unfinished business for landscape contractors, I had very little hope that anything would pass. But thanks to the hard work of our national associations, AmericanHort and the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP), language providing H-2B relief was included in the federal... read more