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FROM THE HILL


FEDERAL IMPLICATIONS The divided Congress will likely be embroiled with intense oversight hearings from the House looking into the Administration. By 2020, attention will likely shift to the Presidential election, with as many as eight senators potentially running for president. From a lawn care perspective, we anticipate the potential for increased scrutiny and potentially onerous leg- islation from the House on lawn care products that should not gain traction in the Senate. From a labor shortage issue, any H-2B provisions will be difficult without serious immigration reforms that will be demanded by the Democratic-controlled House.


STATE GOVERNOR AND LEGISLATURE RESULTS On Election Day, 36 states held gubernatorial elections. Prior to the elections the Republican party held a significant 34–16 advantage in states with a sitting Republican governor. Democrats had a strong night and flipped seven states from Republican to Democrat, narrowing state gover- norships to a 26–23 Republican major- ity. States that flipped and now have Democratic governors are: Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico and Wisconsin.


In addition to the gubernatorial


races, several state legislative chambers changed partisan control. Prior to the elections, 25 states had a Republican trifecta of control while only eight had a Democratic trifecta, leaving 17 states with a partisan split between either the chambers and/or the governor. The Democrats again had a strong night and now have a Democratic trifecta in 15 states while the Republicans trifecta was reduced to 21, leaving 14 states with a partisan split. States that now have a Democratic trifecta include: Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Nevada, New Hampshire and New York.


STATE IMPLICATIONS In 21 states, there are both Republican governors and Republican majority legislatures. Democrats have full state control now in 14 states. What is most troubling are the states that now have a Democratic trifecta of control. Many of these states are in areas where we have seen onerous legislation pro- posed in the past that would ban the use of lawn care products that are vital to our industry. In addition to lawn care issues, we anticipate a heavy dose of legislation concerning minimum wage increases, sales tax on landscape services and regulatory proposals that could be burdensome to our industry.


From a lawn care perspective, we antic- ipate the potential for increased scrutiny and potentially onerous legislation from the House on lawn care products that should not gain traction in the Senate. From a labor shortage issue, any H-2B provisions will be difficult without serious immigration reforms that will be demanded by the Democratic- controlled House.


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Become an Industry


Advocate This year more than ever we will need increased engage- ment and involvement at the grassroots level to reintroduce our industry as stewards of the environment and economic engines in our communities. We strongly encourage you to sign up for the NALP Advocacy Contact Team (ACT) today to be leader for the land- scape industry in your community. Please contact Bob Mann at bob@landscape professionals.org for more information.


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