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Workers Trickle In, but Permanent Fixes to H-2B System Still Out of Reach

Workers Trickle In, but Permanent Fixes to H-2B System Still Out of Reach

Some are better than none, even if you don't know when. For Carnival companies coping with a labor shortage due to a combination of political and processing issues, by early and mid-June – long anticipated H-2B workers began arriving to at fairs, festivals and other events across the country. Companies are getting most of the H-2B workers they've requested and these workers are trickling in. Even though they're often uncertain as to exactly when workers will arrive, when the entire amount of their request will be filled – and no one knows if they will be able to depend on a stable foreign guest worker force next year – carnival companies are overjoyed with relief that H-2B workers are coming in time to save their season.At 2 AM on June 13, 41 H-2b workers arrived in Maine via a ...   [read more]
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Santa Barbara Fair and Expo Features Dinosaur Flair

Santa Barbara Fair and Expo Features Dinosaur Flair

Attendance down 3% from 2018 due to cold temperatures

The 30th annual Santa Barbara Fair and Expo was an event that Fred Flintstone would have loved to attend. The 2019 edition of the fair included the expected racing pigs, thrill rides, and live concerts –and the five-day run which began April 24th had a dinosaur theme this year, and even an entertainment stage named from the Flintstone family’s hometown, “Bedrock.”Located at the Earl Warren Showgrounds, the event was titled Have a Fun-O-Saurus Time. The reason for the theme selection? According to showgrounds CEO Ben Sprague, it was simple: “Dinosaurs are a fun theme,” he relates. Among the attractions were realistic, animatronic dinosaurs that wowed attendees. The exhibit building itself, which housed three large figures was re-dubbed “Dino-Town.” Also on hand were arts and crafts, ...   [read more]
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The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo announced a multi-year contract renewal with RCS, the Rodeo’s carnival midway provider since 1994.“We are excited to continue our partnership with RCS, a leader in the carnival midway industry that continues to offer our visitors a variety of unique rides, games and food that appeals to all ages,” said Joel Cowley, president and CEO of the Rodeo. “RCS has a long-standing commitment to safety, innovation and customer service, providing our guests with a truly memorable carnival experience.”RCS has been providing carnival entertainment to fairs and guests since 1961, serving some of the most prominent fairs and festivals across the country, including Coachella, Stagecoach Festival, the Arizona State Fair, the LA County Fair and the Orange County Fair, among others.“We are thrilled to be returning to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. We love serving the community of Houston and are honored to be a part of this ...   [read more]
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On Tuesday, June 11, Representative Pingree proposed an amendment for H-2B cap relieve that was successfully included by voice vote in the FY20 House DHS Appropriations bill. Pingree's amendment requires DHS to release up to 69,320 additional H-2B visas in FY2020 if the demand exceeds the current supply of 66,000 visas. Shown below is an illustration of the process of how this amendment becomes law. The Senate is running behind the House on its Appropriations bills. It is likely we will encourage the introduction of the same amendment at the Senate DHS Appropriations markup.  If this language becomes a law, it will serve as a placeholder for permanent cap relief. This amendment is a one year fix, but it is still an excellent sign the amendment was adopted. It shows important Democratic support of the H-2B program. The path to obtaining permanent cap relief in the House will require negotiation with the House Judiciary Committee members, our Democratic ...   [read more]
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