MONTGOMERY—BCA President and CEO William J. Canary issued the following statement following Governor Robert Bentley’s State of the State address:
“The business community found much to applaud in Gov. Robert Bentley’s 2014 State of the State address, from increased funding for Pre-K programs to workforce preparedness and job creation. The Business Council of Alabama has wholeheartedly embraced these proposals for many years, and they are included in BCA’s 2014 Legislative Agenda, which was released earlier this month.
“Since 2007, BCA has been a fierce advocate for Alabama’s proven and successful voluntary Pre-K program and for the funding and resources it demands. As I have said time and again, the business community in Alabama 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.
“Alabama’s business community continues its work 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 highlighting many of these important initiatives in tonight’s speech.
“In his speech, the governor said ‘Alabama is a great place for companies to do business.’ I could not agree more.”
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 one million working Alabamians through its member companies and its partnership with the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama. BCA is Alabama’s exclusive affiliate to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers.
Contact: Nancy Wall Hewston (334) 834-6000