Wisconsin Represented at Green Industry Legislative Conference

Seven of Wisconsin’s Green industry members and leaders traveled to the Nation’s Capitol to represent the state’s industries and interests at the Green Industry Legislative Conference in July. Wisconsin’s group of constituents was part of more than 300 Green industry leaders from across the nation who attended the event.

Participants at the Green Industry Legislative Conference had the opportunity to meet with several of their Representatives and Senators to discuss issues affecting the industry. The issues discussed included: immigration, comprehensive and agricultural labor reform (seeking support for the AgJOBS bill), association health insurance plans and the estate “death tax” bill.

Wisconsin’s group met and discussed the above issues with Representative Paul Ryan, Representative James Sensenbrenner, Representative Ron Kind’s staff, Representative Tammy Baldwin’s staff, Senator Herb Kohl and Senator Russ Feingold. Conference participants also had the opportunity to listen to several great and enlightening speakers.

“This trip to the Nation’s Capitol opened my eyes as to the importance of being actively involved and in communication with my local, state and U.S. legislators,” says Wisconsin ANLA Senator Ed Knapton. “If everyone in our industry would take the time to meet with their legislators, invite them to tour their business, and appear at one of their meetings within the district, we’d begin to put a face on the Green industry for all of our lawmakers. Then, just as I experienced in July, we will be able to make better headway on preserving and protecting our industry and its interests.”

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