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Putting More Into Infrastructure

BCA Seeks ‘Fair, Equitable, Broad-Based’ Solutions Although the state legislative session just began in February, Business Council of Alabama President and CEO William J. Canary was asked what would a successful session look like for the organization that represents 750,000-plus people.The organization wants to be “supportive and helpful in adopting …

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The Reports of the Netflix Rule’s Death May Have been Greatly Exaggerated

Mark Twain famously said: “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” The same may be true of the so-called Netflix rule (810-6-5.09), which the Alabama Department of Revenue proposed (and withdrew) last year and which would have subjected digital transmissions such as movies, TV programs, and music to Alabama’s …

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MY TURN: Investing in Alabama’s roads, future

As Alabamians, we work hard and take pride in the things in which we invest our money. Whether it’s our home, automobile or our children’s education, we think carefully about how we spend money and exercise fiscal responsibility. With that in mind, it might be time to start thinking more …

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Jim Bolte and his team members power TMMAL

When Jim Bolte first began dating his wife, Tami, in college, there was a bit of a language barrier. See, Tami, was a sign language major. “I would go out with Tami and her friends and they would sign to each other and point at me and laugh,” says Bolte …

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Year-End Tax Planning with Expanded Scholarship Tax Credits (Guest Blog)

The Alabama Accountability Act provides state income tax credits to certain donors who make contributions to a state-approved scholarship granting organization (SGO). Recent amendments to the Act greatly expand the tax credit provisions to provide more opportunities to help Alabama’s neediest school children at little or no cost to the …

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“Holy guanine, Batman!” Superheroes and genetic genius at the frontiers of science

Membership Spotlight   In a chilly room at Huntsville’s HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, a multi-million dollar band of superheroes is solving genetic puzzles from around the globe. In the hands of Shawn Levy, Ph.D., and his crack team of sequencing experts, these next-generation machines are a centerpiece of the UAB-HudsonAlpha …

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Guest Blog: “Message of Hope Lights-Up BCA Conference” – Allen Farley

Every August the Business Council of Alabama (BCA) hosts a weekend conference that brings together Alabama’s business community and cross-section of public servants who have been elected to state offices. Republicans and Democrats seated around the same tables getting to know the people behind the businesses that employ Alabama families. …

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Bill to repay the Alabama Trust Fund passed by the Senate

The Alabama Senate today amended and passed a House bill that requires repaying $437 million that voters approved shifting from the oil and gas Alabama Trust Fund last year to prop up general government spending through 2015. The Senate voted to cut off debate and passed the bill 25-7. Because …

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Senate Committee Approves School Flexibility Act

On a vote of  9 to 0, the Senate Education committee gave a favorable report to SB 54, by Sen. Bill Holtzclaw, R-Madison, which is known as the Local Control School Flexibility Act. The bill allows certain laws and regulations to be waived in exchange for permission to implement plans …

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