Washington, D.C., March 1, 2013 – The American Society of Landscape Architects
(ASLA) is disappointed in the federal government’s failure to avert the
sequestration that will start to take effect today.
While few deny that the federal deficit and accumulated debt
are real problems, the scale and timing of these cuts will significantly impact
our fragile economy and could disproportionately impact small businesses,
including small landscape architecture firms. ASLA is also very concerned that
these cuts will result in the furloughing of thousands of federal employees,
including federal landscape architects.
ASLA’s fourth-quarter 2012 Business Quarterly survey
results had indicated a
steadier future hiring picture going
into the first quarter of 2013. Ninety-eight percent of landscape architecture
firms are small businesses, and about 24 percent of landscape architects are
self-employed. Federal budget cuts could force these firms to change their
spending and hiring plans as well as reduce their ability to meet their
across-the-board spending cuts also mean fewer resources for much-needed
infrastructure projects. Landscape architecture firms partner with federal,
state, and local governments to plan and design community infrastructure
projects to manage stormwater and design public spaces and transportation
corridors. These projects save taxpayer money and provide community benefits
including water and energy efficiencies.
Hon. ASLA, executive vice president and CEO of ASLA, stated that “the message
is simple: prolonged uncertainty in the federal budget process will continue to
adversely impact landscape architecture firms and the economy as a whole.”
We realize that
policymakers have difficult fiscal decisions to make. We urge President Obama
and Congress to continue to focus on more targeted cutbacks, rather than
across-the-board reductions. Their agenda must include working together to reinvest
in U.S. infrastructure.
For more information on ASLA’s economic recovery priorities:
About the American
Society of Landscape Architects
Founded in 1899, the
American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is the national professional
association for landscape architects, representing more than 15,000 members in
49 professional chapters and 76 student chapters. The Society's mission is to lead,
to educate, and to participate in the careful stewardship, wise planning, and
artful design of our cultural and natural environments. Members of the Society
use the “ASLA” suffix after their names to denote membership and their
commitment to the highest ethical standards of the profession. Learn more at www.asla.org.