Save thousands with a five minute investment of your time...
HARRISBURG - PLNA is asking members to go to the Legislative Action Center and email their state senators and representatives on three bills that could save you thousands of dollars. We have prepared a letter for each bill to go to your senator or representative. You may edit the letter or send it as we have prepared it for you. Taking action will take you only a few minutes and will make all the difference in moving these important bills forward to final passage. These bills could save you thousands in real estate taxes and compliance costs under the Uniform Construction Code. Click here to take action!
Governor Signs 2.3 Billion Transportation Funding Bill
HARRISBURG - Monday, Governor Corbett signed into law a $2.3 billion transportation bill that will provide funds for bridge and highway repairs across the state by raising taxes on gasoline and fees on vehicle registrations, drivers’ licenses and other PennDOT services. The new transportation funding bill gives the Governor one of the three priorities he set out last February in his budget address... (more)
Farm Bill Talks Stumble over Food Stamp Issue
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The 2013 Farm Bill talks between the U.S House and Senate suffered a setback last week over funding levels for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP formerly food stamps) and farm subsidies. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) said it would be "very challenging” now for him to meet the Republican leadership’s schedule of having a final agreement back on the House floor by Dec. 13..... (more)
Immigration Reform: Taking the Long View
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The "small window that is closing fast” for immigration reform slammed shut in November, at least for the time being. When finger pointing began in mid-November over why immigration reform failed, not only between Democrats and Republicans, but also withinDemocratic and Republican circles, it was clear that the window had been "nailed shut,” as ANLA’s Craig Regelbrugge put it. But, while the time for immigration reform may not be this year, or even next, the forces driving immigration reform in Congress are inexorable... (more)
HARRISBURG - State and local police are stepping up their enforcement efforts on unregistered or improperly registered trucks and trailers, according to reports from several PLNA members who have been pulled over recently and cited. Truck and trailer violations can carry fines into the thousands of dollars. PLNA is urging it members to review the regulations regarding their trucks and trailers and make sure that they are in compliance with state and.... (more)
Sales Taxes and Landscape Contractors
HARRISBURG - PLNA recently has received several questions from landscape contractors about what is subject to sales tax and what is not. It's actually pretty straight forward - mostly.
Generally, landscape contractors must pay sales taxes on all materials and equipment used on a job. Labor is not subject to sales tax. However, you cannot itemize sales taxes that you pay on materials and equipment on the invoice you present to your customer... (more)