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Representative Chesteen Receives Business Champion Award for Internet Access Bill

Business Council of Alabama Chairman Jeff Coleman, right, president and CEO of Coleman Worldwide Moving in Dothan, presents the Business Champion Award to state Rep. Donnie Chesteen, R-Geneva FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: DOTHAN, Ala. (April 3, 2017) – State Rep. Donnie Chesteen of Geneva today received the Business Champion Award for …

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Pressure Growing for Alabama to Leverage Trump’s Accelerating Infrastructure Agenda

President Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan could accelerate with the administration needing a win and now that there’s more room on the legislative agenda. Trump transition team member Rep. Lou Barletta of Pennsylvania said with health care insurance pushed to the back burner, the infrastructure plan may gain steam. One …

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Study: Toyota Alabama Supports 9,700 Alabama jobs

How’s this for impact: automaker Toyota is a key contributor to Alabama’s economy, supporting an estimated 9,700 jobs at its Huntsville engine plant, suppliers, and their spinoffs. A study by The Center for Automotive Research shows that for every 200 working men and women in Alabama in 2016, one was …

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Alabama U.S. House Delegation Members to Support ACA Replacement, Vote Delayed

The U.S. House postponed Thursday’s planned vote on an Obamacare replacement as the White House moved to shore up conservative support. House Republicans planned to meet behind closed doors later to figure out their next steps, the Washington Post said. Leaders have told the rank and file to be available …

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FY 2018 Budget Outline Released

President Trump released his first federal budget blueprint, revealing plans to dramatically reduce the size of government, The Hill reported. His budget proposes deep cuts to or elimination of entire programs and a reduced federal workforce. He wants to increase defense spending by $54 billion. Trump seeks a 28 percent …

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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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