FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 28, 2016
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BCA Applauds Pro-Business Initiatives in House GOP Caucus Agenda
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Business Council of Alabama today applauded several pro-business measures in the 2016 regular legislative session agenda released by the Alabama House of Representatives’ Republican Caucus.
The Caucus agenda includes a constitutional amendment to further Alabama’s reputation as a right-to-work state, reforms to ensure that taxpayers have an independent Taxpayer Advocate, and a reward for Alabama’s small businesses that employ Alabama workers.
“Going into the 2016 legislative session, these are positive steps the Legislature can take to help the private sector continue to grow our economy,” said BCA President and CEO William J. Canary. “Small businesses continue to be an engine driving Alabama’s economy, and offering incentives for Alabama small businesses to continue to provide good paying jobs is the right thing to do.”
“Alabama businesses have carried the yoke of the great recession and are the ones leading our state to full recovery,” said BCA Chairman Tommy Lee, president and CEO of Vulcan Inc. in Foley. “It’s items like these that the House Republican Caucus has so rightly made their priority that will continue to create a positive economic environment in our state.”
Summary of Pro-Business Initiatives in House Caucus Agenda:
A proposed constitutional amendment asking voters in November to constitutionally ensure Alabama is a right-to-work state. The amendment declares that the right to work may not be denied or restricted due to membership or non-membership in a labor union. A constitutional amendment would prevent unions or companies from forcing or coercing potential or current employees to join or not join a labor union.
The Alabama Taxpayer Advocate Act would shift the advocate-appointing authority from the Alabama Revenue Commissioner to the governor. The appointment would be based on recommendations from a committee of government officials and business professionals, including the Business Associations’ Tax Coalition (BATC).
A Small Business Job Creation Tax Credit would provide a $1,500 income tax credit, or a financial institution tax credit, to Alabama small businesses with 75 or fewer employees for each qualified, new full-time employee hired and retained for at least 12 months.
The Business Council of Alabama is Alabama’s foremost voice for business. The BCA is a non-partisan statewide business association representing the interests and concerns of nearly 1 million working Alabamians through its member companies and its partnership with the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama. The BCA is Alabama’s exclusive affiliate to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers.
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