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BCA Leadership Comments on Governor Ivey’s First State of the State

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 9, 2018

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Business Council of Alabama Chairman Perry Hand and BCA President and CEO William J. Canary said Alabama’s business community finds much to support in Governor Kay Ivey’s agenda for the 2018 regular legislative session that began today.

“The business community applauds Governor Ivey’s State for her State address that contains promises of fair and lean government, workforce development, and increased funding for Pre-K programs that prepare and encourage Alabama students for worthwhile careers,” they said.

“Many of Governor Ivey’s goals coincide with initiatives we set out in our Perspective 2018 guide to state and federal agendas,” Hand and Canary said in a joint statement.

Canary said Governor Ivey’s goal of seeking $23 million for Alabama’s First-Class Pre-K program for 4-year-olds will be a tremendous boost for the important readiness program that readies Alabama’s pre-school children for kindergarten and the first grade.

“Since 2007, the BCA has been a fierce advocate for Alabama’s proven and successful voluntary Pre-K program and for the funding and resources it demands,” Canary said. “The Alabama business community is by far the largest consumer of the product created by our state’s school systems, so it is imperative that graduates possess the skills and education the 21st century workplace demands. This preparation begins at an early age.”

“We pledge to work with Governor Ivey to build an economic structure that allows business owners across the state to operate without needless government regulation and punitive, job-killing taxes, and we commend the governor for her vision of a better Alabama for her residents,” Hand said.

Governor Ivey said she supports legislation to encourage new broadband investment, a worthy goal to link Alabama’s rural communities to education and economic opportunities.

BCA 2018 Chairman Perry Hand is CEO and chairman of Volkert Inc., in Mobile. William J. Canary is president and CEO of the BCA. 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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