Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

JUN 2014

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42 LC DBM Current Events Institute continues their campaign for more effective signage r ements to help prevent consumers from putting the fuel in their lawn mowers, string trimmers and simi- In this election year, three hot topics that concern the landscape industry are Here is a look at some of the numbers and details. In the coming months LC/DBM will be conducting surveys and in-depth reporting on these subjects and would like to hear your opinions too . . . Please use the comment section on the marketplace card on page 61, contact Editor Mike Dahl at 714-979-5276 ext 124, mdahl@landscapeonline.com or visit LandscapeOnline.com and look for the "Hot Topic" survey to let us know your opinions and concerns. Immigration Minimum Wage Biofuel The H-2B non-agricultural temporary worker program allows U.S. employers to request temporary visas to bring in foreign nationals for non-agricultural jobs like landscaping. The target number of potential H2B benefciaries that the Department of Homeland Security estimates will be needed, taking into account withdrawals and denials, to reach the maximum number of visas for the frst half of this year is 41,000. In fscal years 2010, 2011, 2012, the H2B visas issued did not reach the annual cap of 66,000 (33,000 for each six month period): The target numbers for the frst six months of the pre- vious four years have been higher than this year's: FY 2012 — 50,009 FY 2011 — 50,826 FY 2010 — 47,403 2013 — 44,000 2012 — 45,000 2011 — 47,000 2010 — 47,000 A Senate proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 was defeated in April, 54-42. The federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour was last raised in 2009. Compared to the federal minimum wage, 20 states pay a higher rate. Ten of those states (Ariz., Colo., Fla., Mo., Mont., Nev., Ohio, Ore., Vt., and Wash.) adjust their rates annually for inflation. Nevada adjusts in July – the rest in January. Fuels America, a pro-ethanol group, reported that more than 80 percent of Ameri- cans polled said they would support having E15 available at their local gas stations. The EPA plans to reach a decision in late June on their proposal to rollback the amount of ethanol required to be used this year from 14.4 billion gallons to 13 billion gallons. Since No- vember, the EPA received over 343,000 com- ments on its proposal. Greater than Federal MW Equals Federal MW of $7.25 Less than Federal MW No MW Required AK - $7.75 DE AR - $6.25 AL AZ - $7.90 HI GA - $5.15 LA CA - $8.00 IA MN - $6.15 MS CO - $8.00 ID WY - $5.15 SC CT - $8.70 IN TN DC - $8.25 KS FL - $7.93 KY IL - $8.25 MD MA - $8.00 NC ME - $7.50 ND MI - $7.40 NE MO - $7.50 NH MT - $7.90 OK NJ - $8.25 PA NM - $7.50 SD NV - $8.25 TX NY - $8.00 UT OH - $7.95 VA OR - $9.10 WV RI - $8.00 WI VT - $8.73 WA - $9.32 Consolidated State Minimum Wage Update Table (Effective Date: 01/01/2014) Courtesy of u.s. Department of Labor 2013 data from the Bureau of Labor Statis- tics shows that the aver- age national wage for a landscaping worker is $12.65/hour. A model designed at Iowa State University to compute the proft of ethanol produc- ers calculated that the last week of March produced the highest weekly ethanol proft ever of $4.50 per bushel of corn. The average ethanol plant proft from 2007 to 2013 was 20 cents per bushel. 042.indd 42 5/23/14 4:55 PM

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