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Business Supports Early Reading and Workforce Programs in K-12 Schools

At a special-called Alabama State Board of Education work session last week, board members reemphasized support for successful early reading and workforce programs in their meeting with state Superintendent of Education Michael Sentence who has been working on a draft reorganization of programs. During the work session, Sentence said he’ll …

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Obamacare-Style Health Law Introduced in Alabama House

“People’s [health] premiums are getting higher. Their deductibles are soaring. And their choices are dwindling.” These were the words of U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan at a recent press conference referencing the effects of Obamacare, and his plan to repeal and replace it.  However, he could have been referring to …

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Data System is a Tool for Education Improvement

“Without data, you’re just another person with an opinion.” – W. Edwards Deming The Alabama Legislature is considering legislation, HB 97 by Rep. Terri Collins, R-Decatur, and SB 153 by Sen. Bobby Singleton, D-Greensboro, to establish a smart and secure statewide system to measure student achievement over time. Incredibly, in …

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Local and National Speakers Highlight Alabama’s Road Needs and Solutions

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – (Feb. 15, 2017) – Increased investment in Alabama’s deficient roads could save lives, property, time, and money by making roads safer, reducing congestion, and supporting long-term economic growth, according to a new report released today by economic and community developers at news conferences in four Alabama cities. …

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Senate President Pro Tem Outlines Upcoming Senate Issues Including Alabama’s Infrastructure Needs

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh today addressed the Business Council of Alabama’s Governmental Affairs Committee and outlined issues the Senate will deal with this session such as Alabama’s infrastructure needs. The BCA schedules a meeting each Tuesday morning during regular legislative sessions and features legislators and policy makers for …

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School Choice Week 2017 in Alabama Features Testimonials and a Challenge

Photos by Robert Fouts – online at photofouts.com MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama’s National School Choice Week celebration was held indoors for the first time in Montgomery on Friday, and while the venue protected a lot of toes and fingers from a chilling wind, it still allowed school choice energy to flow from …

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Governor Offers Suggestions to Fix ObamaCare

Governor Robert Bentley has responded to a congressional request to recommend changes to the Affordable Care Act in an effort to improve quality and affordability in health insurance markets and in Medicaid. Bentley wrote House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and copied U.S. Sens. Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions, U.S. …

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Gadsden Olive Oil Store Award Winner Took a Leap of Faith

From left: Business Council of Alabama President and CEO William J. Canary; BCA 2016 Chairman Tommy Lee, president and CEO of Vulcan Inc. in Foley; King’s Olive Oil partner TC Morgan; King’s Olive Oil owner Tena King; Morri Yancey, president, Lake Guntersville Chamber of Commerce; Heather Brothers New, president of …

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69-Year-Old Law Firm is Recognized as a Small Business of the Year

Henry H. Hutchinson, third from right, Managing Director of Capell & Howard LLC, receives the Small Business of the Year Award at the BCA-CCAA annual meeting in Birmingham. From left are William J. Canary, president and CEO, Business Council of Alabama; 2016 BCA Chairman Tommy Lee, president and CEO Vulcan …

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Alabama Can Lead Nation in Health Care

Here in Alabama and across the country, the consensus is this: The Affordable Care Act has made health care unaffordable and out of reach for too many. It has done nothing to contain costs, which is driving up prices for all of us. President-elect Donald Trump and a new Congress have pledged …

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