Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

NOV 2017

LC/DBM provides landscape contractors with Educational, Imaginative and Practical information about their business, their employees, their machines and their projects.

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November 2017 3 Readers' Outlooks TERRAIN the "There should be a minimum wage. Without regulation, there is chaos." Lake Worth, Fla. Here is part two of responses from a recent question of the month: "What are your thoughts on legislative efforts to raise the minimum wage; will it hurt your business, will it hurt or help the economy, should there be a minimum wage law at all?" "Most all landscapers are making above minimum wage if they are worthwhile workers. People should be paid a living wage. The market sets wages – the minimum wage is B.S." Lima, Ohio "It will hurt business and hurt the economy." Milwaukee "Minimum wage is not supposed to be a 'living wage.' The marketplace will determine each area's wages." Green Bay, Wis. "Minimum wage earners used to be students and seniors or second-income persons – not cheap landscape workers. Landscape workers need more than minimum wage." Huntington Beach, Calif. "Yes it will hurt me big time." Port Orange, Fla. "Keep wage laws as they are - don't increase, don't decrease. Leave it alone. Offer training in lieu of wages increase." Bloomer, Wis. "Minimum wage goes up (and) so do McDonald's ham- burgers. You may make more but you have to pay more. It's eventually a wash. I went to college so I can make more than minimum wage and not worry about it." Spring Grove, Va. "It will hurt the economy." Labelle, Fla. "No minimum wage." Granbury, Texas "It will help my business. Service industry workers are underpaid. It will absolutely help the economy. Yes, a minimum wage law should still be in place." Newport News, Va. "Entire exterior environments with systems that generate value on all levels." Westborough, Mass. "Pathways, walkways, living comfort zone areas away from home. Surprise!" Santa Ana, Calif. And here are two responses that expanded on the question: As to the question of which outdoor living features are being requested the most by customers, here are the top responses from our readers: Lighting Pavers/Patio Firepits Kitchens Plantings Water Features Irrigation

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