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Capital Briefing for Week 6 of the 2017 Session

The Business Council of Alabama continued working on the business community’s legislative agenda during week six of the 2017 regular legislative session. The two state budgets moved this week. The Alabama House passed a $15.6 billion General Fund budget that includes $1.84 billion in discretionary funding. And the Senate passed …

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Award-Winning Distiller is Alabama’s First

John Emerald Distilling Co., a small-batch distiller in Opelika, was born when the moon and stars of several events aligned. Today, the first legal distiller of whiskey in Alabama in 100 years produces two brands of rum, a gin, a vodka, and a single-malt whiskey that was a Southern Living …

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House Minority Leader Touts Job Creation, Retention, and Education

House Minority Leader Anthony Daniels today told the Business Council of Alabama’s Tuesday morning briefing that the House Democratic Caucus’ focus is job creation, retention, and education. Rep. Daniels, D-Huntsville, was elected in 2014 and chosen House Minority Leader last month by Democrats to succeed Rep. Craig Ford, D-Gadsden, who …

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Business Supports Early Reading and Workforce Programs in K-12 Schools

At a special-called Alabama State Board of Education work session last week, board members reemphasized support for successful early reading and workforce programs in their meeting with state Superintendent of Education Michael Sentance who has been working on a draft reorganization of programs. During the work session, Sentance said he’ll …

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Capital Briefing for Week 5 of the 2017 Session

The Business Council of Alabama continued working on the business community’s legislative agenda during the fifth week of the 2017 regular legislative session. The BCA’s action included testimony during a House Insurance Committee public hearing on a bill that would mandate expensive medical coverage to public and private health insurance …

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BCA, NAM Hail ExxonMobil’s $20 Billion Investment and Jobs Plan

ExxonMobil Corp. announced this week it will ultimately spend $20 billion over 10 years to build or update refining and manufacturing facilities on the Gulf Coast, creating about 45,000 new jobs. BCA President and CEO William Canary commended ExxonMobil for its nearly 30 years of partnership and progress with south …

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BCA Board Member Owen Bailey Named USA Health System CEO

Business Council of Alabama board of directors member Owen Bailey has been named Chief Executive Officer of USA Health just a year after being named chief operating officer for USA Health, USA Health announced this week. Bailey will be the chief executive responsible for the management and operation of the University …

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BCA Members Receive Governor’s Trade Excellence Award

Recipients of the 2017 Governor’s Trade Excellence Awards pose in the Capitol’s Old House Chamber today. Eight companies including three BCA members were honored for their excellence in foreign trade. Presenting the awards were Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey, center, and Department of Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield, to her right. (Photo …

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Meet Stacia Robinson, Business Benefits Advisor and BCA Board Member

Stacia Robinson left the Air Force in 1991 with the rank of captain and bought the state’s first Business Network International franchise, created a benefits provider agency, and recently sold her BNI franchise to focus on The BeneChoice Companies LLC. The Denver native is now in her 27th year in …

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Education Budget has Few New Dollars

Last week, House General Fund Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Steve Clouse, R-Ozark, updated the Business Council of Alabama’s Tuesday morning briefing on the status of the proposed 2017-18 General Fund. Today, the chairs of the House and Senate education budget committees described the 2017-18 Education Trust Fund budget, SB 129 sponsored …

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