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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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BCA board member Owen Bailey named COO of USA Health in Mobile By University of South Alabama Health System

MOBILE, Ala. — Owen Bailey, a veteran health care leader who serves as administrator of University of South Alabama Children’s & Women’s Hospital, has been named the chief operating officer of USA Health, a comprehensive academic health care system dedicated to helping people lead longer, better lives. In this newly …

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Finding Solutions

As a young boy growing up near Shorterville in east Henry County, I don’t remember much about the 1950’s…maybe a few sporting events like Don Larsen’s perfect game in the ’56 World Series and Mickey Mantle winning the triple crown that same year (events that birthed a southern boy’s life …

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Business leaders: We must invest in repairing Alabama’s infrastructure now!

What grade would you give the roads and bridges that you drive every day when traveling to work, school and beyond? An A+? A-? Maybe a B? Considering our daily dependence on roads and bridges, all of us certainly would hope that these vital components of our state’s overall transportation …

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