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ASLA Recognizes Positive Outcomes of Fiscal Cliff Deal

ASLA issued a statement last week commending the government’s work in averting the fiscal cliff. While no deal is perfect, it is important to acknowledge that our elected officials worked together to avoid fiscal disaster. The hard-won deal is an important step toward supporting our nation’s economic recovery. As discussion turns to spending cuts in the coming weeks, ASLA advocacy will work to ensure lawmakers understand the importance of investing in active transportation, green infrastructure, and other policies that create jobs, foster sustainable economic development, and create healthier lifestyles.

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The continuation of most fiscal policies means that confidence will continue to build for landscape architecture firms, 98 percent of which are small businesses. ASLA’s third-quarter 2012 Business Quarterly survey results indicated an improving employment picture going into the fourth quarter. Employment data in Q3 showed progress over previous quarters and years. The stop-gap measures put into place by the government, including keeping tax breaks in place for small businesses, will allow economic recovery to continue, spur new hires in the landscape architecture profession, and enable firms to grow.

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Comments January 8, 2013 10:50 AM
Unfortunately, I do not agree with the decision made by the Government and ASLA’s support for the fiscal cliff deal. I feel that the government’s decision on a 41-1 split ($41 tax increase to every $1 spending cuts) fails to deliver any future progress in maintaining a stable, healthy economy; thus minimizing the usage of landscape architects/designers because of the lack of money available to individuals who would typically use architects. This is already showing through in the economy of Houston; more and more individuals are turning to illegal workers and companies owned by illegal immigrants because of lower prices offered by these “companies”. Something needs to change if the architects and designers want to keep our hold on the residential/small commercial market of America.
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