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ADEM Increases Fees on Users, BCA Seeks to Restore State Environment Funding

The Alabama Environmental Management Commission has increased fees 20 percent for most permits in response to the Legislature zeroing out all state funding except for animal feed lot support for the 2015-16 budget, which began Oct. 1. The AEMC that oversees the Alabama Department of Environmental Management voted Dec. 18 …

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This week’s edition of BCA’s Washington Briefing has been published. (12/14/15-12/18/15)

CONGRESS STALLS EMPLOYEE BENEFITS TAX; KEEPS ‘CADILLAC’ PLANS ROLLING – Congress has delayed the Obama Administration’s ruinous Employee Benefits Tax that threatened to cut benefits offered by employers and destroy jobs through higher taxation… Published weekly when Congress in session, the Washington Briefing is your link to the halls of Congress for the …

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Telemedicine Coverage Announced by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama

Business Council of Alabama member Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama began providing greater access to health care this month with its announcement that it will cover certain telemedicine services. Blue Cross began paying telemedicine providers on Dec. 1. The decision was prompted partly by the general lack of …

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This week’s edition of BCA’s Washington Briefing has been published. (12/8/15-12/11/15)

FEDS DON’T WANT OBJECTIVE CLIMATE STUDIES – Alabama’s climate expert told a Congressional panel that the Obama administration is reluctant to provide funding for studies that may not validate President Obama’s concern about of climate change, al.com reported….. Published weekly when Congress in session, the Washington Briefing is your link to the halls …

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BCA Board of Directors Elect Officers, Approve 2016 Legislative Agenda

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Business Council of Alabama’s Board of Directors at its annual meeting on Dec. 4 elected Foley businessman Thomas M. “Tommy” Lee as chairman for 2016 and chose other officers of the business advocacy organization. Lee currently serves as the BCA’s First Vice Chairman. He will succeed …

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Honda’s Alabama Assembly Plant Contributes Nearly $7 billion to State’s Economy

Business Council of Alabama member Honda Manufacturing of Alabama LLC contributed $6.8 billion to the state’s economy in 2014 and along with suppliers was responsible for more than 43,000 jobs, the Economic Development Partnership reported in a study. The EDPA study, conducted by the Center for Business and Economic Research …

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PSC $120 million Electricity Rate Cut Helps Mitigate Costly EPA Regulations Affecting Manufacturers

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama Public Service Commission last week reacted to expensive federal energy mandates and helped Alabama manufacturers by approving a 2 percent rate decrease for Alabama Power Co. customers next year. The three-member commission voted to reduce Alabama Power rates by $120 million beginning Jan. 1, an …

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This week’s edition of BCA’s Washington Briefing has been published. (11/30/15-12/7/15)

LONG TERM HIGHWAY BILL CRUISES THROUGH WASHINGTON – A new five-year, $305 billion highway bill became law on Friday, the first in 10 years with long-term funding that enables solid planning by states and local governments. The bill became law following overwhelming support in the House and Senate…. Published weekly when …

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BCA Adds Two Championship Perks for Alabama Small Businesses

The Business Council of Alabama has expanded its “Small Business Game Changer” contest to include two tickets for Saturday’s SEC Championship Game in Atlanta. One small business entrant that completes all requirements for the 2016 BCA Small Business Game Changer promotion, including a paid BCA small business membership by 12 …

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This week’s edition of BCA’s Washington Briefing has been published. (11/16/15-11/20/15)

SENATE HOPES SYMBOLIC VOTE AGAINST OBAMA CLIMATE RULE WILL SEND A MESSAGE TO OTHER WORLD LEADERS – The Senate this week voted 52-46 to block President Barack Obama’s highest-profile climate regulation, POLITICO reported. Obama has vowed to veto the symbolic rebuke that comes less than two weeks before he is supposed …

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