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Governor Ivey Joins BCA and Alliance for Alabama’s Infrastructure in Celebrating Infrastructure Week

Earlier this week, Governor Kay Ivey signed a proclamation announcing this week as Infrastructure Week in Alabama. This act continues Governor Ivey’s resounding support of investing in Alabama’s infrastructure, specifically our state’s roads and bridges. Just last week, she announced the expansion of Interstate 65 in north Shelby County which …

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Congressman Rogers Promises Federal Infrastructure this Fall

Alabama Third District U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers brought information from Washington, D.C. to his district in Montgomery today at the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce’s Eggs & Issues breakfast at the Alabama Activity Center. Rep. Rogers, R-Saks, mentioned President Trump’s proposed infrastructure plan that will require states to match federal …

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Senate Committee Listens to Business and Rejects Arbitrary Tax Increase

The Senate Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Development Committee on Wednesday correctly defeated arbitrary tax increase legislation that the Business Council of Alabama and the state’s business community has opposed for years. The committee voted 12-2 not to advance the Mandatory Unitary Combined Reporting bill, SB 67 by Sen. Linda Coleman-Madison, …

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Longitudinal Data System is a Necessary Step to Improve Education

Alabama does not have an education system designed to educate all children. It never has. But, the possibility of laying the foundation for one is closer than ever. A state longitudinal data system (SLDS), while a seemingly confusing policy topic, is a necessary step to creating a well-functioning education system. …

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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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