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Longitudinal Data System is a Necessary Step to Improve Education

Alabama does not have an education system designed to educate all children. It never has. But, the possibility of laying the foundation for one is closer than ever. A state longitudinal data system (SLDS), while a seemingly confusing policy topic, is a necessary step to creating a well-functioning education system. …

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Taxpayer Hotline Established for Complaints Against Private Auditing and Collection Companies

Alabama law allows local government entities—counties and cit-ies—to contract out certain government tax-auditing and collection func-tions to private, for-profit companies. Many counties and cities have cho-sen to do so, with results for some Taxpayers being very problematical. Last year, in Act 2016-406, the Alabama Legislature required the es-tablishment of a …

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2016 was a Good Year for Alabama’s Workforce and 2017 can be even Better

By Fitzgerald Washington, Secretary, Alabama Department of Labor We’re at the beginning of another year, and ready to see continued improvement in our economy.  At the Alabama Department of Labor, we are busy wrapping up the facts and figures for 2016.  There were many improvements last year, and I’d like to let …

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Year-End Tax Planning with Expanded Education Scholarship Tax Credits

The deadline for businesses to donate to scholarship granting organizations and be able to file it on their tax returns for 2016 is just around the corner, Dec. 15. The Alabama Accountability Act provides state income tax credits to certain donors who make contributions to a state-approved scholarship granting organization …

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Task Force to Look at Alabama’s $30 Billion in State and Federal Income and Spending

Business Council of Alabama member Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP reported on this week’s Task Force on Budget Reform meeting in the State House. Bradley co-authors Joshua O. Blades and Dave Stewart said the meeting was well-attended. The agenda included introductory remarks and a presentation from the Legislative Fiscal Office, …

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Alabama Power Company CEO Mark Crosswhite: No Slide Rule Needed in Climb to Top Job

Mark Crosswhite never owned a slide rule as past CEOs and presidents of Alabama Power have who were engineers. That’s because history majors and law students don’t need the tools engineering students need. It’s worth noting that fact to appreciate how Crosswhite – one of the few non-engineers to reach …

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Enactment of BCA-supported SB 270 Should Prevent Flood of Class Action Lawsuits Against Alabama Businesses

Last summer, the Eleventh Circuit held in Lisk v. Lumber One Wood Preserving LLC, 792 F.3d 1331 (11th Cir. 2015) that private plaintiffs could bring a class action under the Alabama Deceptive Trade Practices Act (ADTPA) in federal court even though Alabama law expressly prohibits them from doing so in …

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Convene Your Budget Meetings Now

DOL Issues Its Long Awaited Final Regulations on Minimum Salary for FLSA Exemptions Wednesday, May 18, 2016 Today the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced the publication of its final regulations radically overhauling the minimum salary necessary for an employee to qualify for overtime exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards …

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Alabama Mayors Call for Action on Transportation Infrastructure

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The mayors of  Alabama’s five largest cities gathered today in Montgomery where they called on state leaders to support efforts to improve transportation infrastructure in Alabama. The mayors from Birmingham, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery and Tuscaloosa said state legislators must identify funding for construction of new bridges, roads …

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Alabama Needs a Long-Term Stable Funding Solution for Roads

Lately, many people in Alabama have been discussing the unacceptable conditions of our roads and bridges, as well as the need for additional investment in transportation infrastructure. It’s a call that we’ve been hearing from business leaders and engineers for years, and, thankfully, people are beginning to listen. One important …

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