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ASLA Issues Statement on Sequestration

ASLA has let its disappointment be known concerning the federal government’s failure to avert the sequestration.

In a released statement, the Society noted that while few deny that the federal deficit and accumulated debt are real problems, the scale and timing of these cuts will significantly affect 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 customers’ demand.

These 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.

Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA, executive vice president and CEO of ASLA, says, “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.”

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