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School Choice Week in Alabama Draws 1,500 to Capitol

Alabama observed National School Choice Week in Montgomery today with a rally at the Capitol and speeches about the importance of quality schools, including an endorsement of education choices by Business Council of Alabama first Vice Chairman Mike Kemp. “As a business owner in Alabama, it’s imperative that we have …

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House General Fund Chairman Says This Year’s Budget is Fairly Sound

House Ways and Means General Fund Committee Chairman Rep. Steve Clouse today said congressional reapproval of the CHIPs insurance program alleviated one budget worry for Alabama’s General Fund, which is in relatively good financial shape this year and next. Congress in approving a continuing budget resolution on Monday also approved …

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What a Government Shutdown Really Means

The U.S. House late Thursday approved yet another continuing government spending resolution, and sent it to the Senate where the political game of blinkmanship – as in who blinks first – must be settled by midnight tonight or the government’s legal authority to spend money in certain areas ends until …

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Week 2 of the 2018 Session

The House and Senate this week acknowledged Alabama’s unusually extreme winter ice and snow by cancelling Wednesday committee meetings and holding short sessions on Thursday. Both bodies are scheduled to return to Montgomery on Tuesday for the session’s fifth legislative day. The Senate on Tuesday passed SB 98 by Sen. Arthur …

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Senate President Pro Tem Sees Shortened but Productive 2018 Session

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh said today that the 2018 regular legislative session will be short but productive and will set the stage for important education and infrastructure issues in 2019. “I want to do everything I can to have a smooth session,” said Marsh, R-Anniston. “I promised an …

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Week 1 of the 2018 Session

The House and Senate convening for the 2018 regular legislative session on Tuesday immediately went to work in anticipation of adjourning sine die earlier than usual in order to begin campaigning for the June party primaries. All 140 legislative seats are up for election this November as well as the …

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Tax Cut Bonuses, Wage Increases Keep on Coming

The National Association of Manufacturers has compiled a partial list of companies whose employees are benefitting from the projected cash flow savings from the Republican tax cut of 2017. These companies are authorizing hundreds of millions of dollars in wage increases and bonuses. Walmart, probably the nation’s largest retail employer, …

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House Speaker Promises Business Support in 2018 Legislative Session

House Speaker Mac McCutcheon today in the first Tuesday morning briefing of the 2018 regular legislative session said support of important business initiatives affecting taxes, jobs, and education will continue. McCutcheon, R-Huntsville, said he has reviewed the Business Council of Alabama’s 2018 Perspective of issues and “realized we are working …

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Alabama Senator Doug Jones Takes Office

Alabama’s new U.S. senator, Doug Jones, took the oath of office on Wednesday, and succeeded U.S. Sen. Luther Strange who had been appointed a year ago to fill the unexpired term of U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, who became U.S. Attorney General. Vice President Mike Pence administered the oath of office …

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BCA-Georgia Chamber Heads Make Friendly Wager on Championship Game

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 4, 2018 MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama has Georgia on its mind between now and Monday when the University of Alabama meets the University of Georgia Bulldogs in Atlanta to settle the 2017 football season collegiate national championship. In keeping with the spirit of the season’s finale, …

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