Archive for February, 2010

ARRA Funding Of $2.25 Billion To Texas Has Been Obligated

February 26, 2010 1 comment

TxDOT obligated the $2.25 billion for Highways, bridges, rail, and transportation enhancement projects.  [Congress Challenge

Only a week removed from the one-year anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and Texas Metropolitan Planning Organizations have obligated all of the $2.25 billion Texas received for transportation projects. All ARRA funding must be obligated by March 1, 2010.

“Congress challenged us to put this money to work and we have met that challenge,” said John Barton, TxDOT Assistant Executive Director for Engineering Operations.

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Jackhammer Out Of Control – Prank

February 26, 2010 Leave a comment

Random people asked to hold up a Bosch Brute Jackhammer

Check out the stud around the 45 sec mark.  He makes girlfriend/wife hold the jackhammer so he can cover his ears. Who says chivalry is dead?

Categories: Humor

STIHL Supports National Association of State Park Directors Leadership School

February 26, 2010 Leave a comment

The Oglebay National Training Center in West Virginia hosted the third year of the National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD) Leadership School.  The program began in 2008 and consists of both distance education and on-site components to educate future leaders of state parks.

Education within the Green Industry is becoming a top priority for the leading manufacturer of outdoor power equipment. [Stihl Support]

“STIHL recognizes the need for educational support and the National Association of State Park Directors does a great job of providing this ,” said Roger Phelps, promotional communications manager for STIHL Inc. “We have some experience with succession planning in our dealer network so helping ensure the next generation of leadership in America’s state park system receives this training in the face of severe budget cuts seemed the right thing to do.”

Roger Phelps on twitter[@uphelpsr] – Stihl promotional communications manager

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Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) And Planet Merger: On Again Off Again

February 26, 2010 Leave a comment
Back in December The Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) and PLANET (Professional Landcare Networkmet) met for two and a half days to examine the potential for a merger of the two groups. [full story
Bill Hildebolt, PLANET president, said the merger has been in the works since 2004, when the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) and the Professional Lawn Care Association of America (PLCAA) merged, and continued through informal discussions between the two groups. Talks intensified about a year ago, and have been “serious” since then, he said.
“It just makes a lot of sense if we want to be a pro voice of the green industry that bringing these two top green industry association into one makes sense,” Hildebolt said, adding that a unified association would give members more leverage politically.


Talks and merger have now been put on hold. [full story]

 The Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) and the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) have announced that the organizations have decided to defer continued discussions on unification at this time. They will continue to pursue partnership opportunities and explore ways to work together to further the interests of both memberships and the Green Industry as a whole.
Categories: Landscaping, News

Freddie Mac Less Negative In 2009. Fannie Mae, Not So Much

February 26, 2010 Leave a comment

Freddie Mac not asking for government to bail them out, again.  Let’s give them a round of applause. [for now

Freddie Mac posted a smaller loss last year than in 2008 and said for the third consecutive quarter that it won’t need to ask the government for additional bailout funds. But the company says conditions could worsen as foreclosures pick up later this year.

The mortgage company posted a net loss of $6.5 billion in the fourth quarter of 2009 and $21.6 billion for the full year, excluding dividends paid to the government. While those losses remain daunting, they are an improvement from 2008, when the company posted a loss of $23.9 billion in the year ago fourth quarter and $50.1 billion for all of 2008.

…And you can stop now. Fannie Mae seeks $15.3B in gov’t aid after 4Q loss. [short lived]

 Fannie Mae needs another $15 billion in federal assistance, bringing its total to more than $75 billion. And worse, the mortgage finance company warned its losses will continue this year. The rescue of Fannie Mae and sister company Freddie Mac is turning out to be one of the most expensive aftereffects of the financial meltdown. The new request means the total bill for the duo will top $126 billion.

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Obama’s Tax Credit Plans For Small-Business To Generate Hiring, Maybe Not

February 24, 2010 1 comment

Looks like there are some people and some small business owners that are on the “maybe not” side.

Speed Exterminating President John Young

“I’m not going to just hire somebody because I have the opportunity for a tax credit, I need to make sure the business is sound.”

Mike Elmendorf, New York state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, a trade and lobbying group for small companies.

“A business is not going to bring on a new employee, with the very significant expenses that go along with that, for a tax credit of several thousand dollars”

Newman Concrete Services owner Doug Newman

“Most of what we’re hearing out of Washington right now is more about politics than it is about creating jobs.” 

“Before you can take advantage of a tax credit you have to be making some money, we posted a six-figure loss last year.”


With business down and the current economy, covering expenses seems to be priority one. So, lets take on new employees increasing the expenses for a little tax credit.

Makes sense to us, [what do you think?]


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