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School Choice Video Contest Announced

Today is the day that official submissions for the Choices in Education video contest can begin being submitted nationwide. Results of the video contest sponsored by the Foundation for Excellence in Education will be used to promote how education freedom and opportunities have made a difference in the lives of children and …

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U.S. Chamber Lawsuit Climate Survey – 2017

Alabama has moved up in the annual state lawsuit rankings to No. 43, according to the national lawsuit climate rankings published by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform. Alabama’s ranking in the 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States is up three places from 2015. Alabama’s ranking of 43rd this year …

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Department of Revenue Issues Favorable Ruling for Tax Credit Scholarship Donors

The Alabama Department of Revenue has cleared up confusion over the tax treatment of donations to scholarship funds for underprivileged children attending failing public schools by ruling this month how those donations interact with estimated-tax penalty rules, according to Business Council of Alabama member Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLC. Many …

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BCA Praises Governor Ivey’s Emphasis on Legislative Cooperation to Ensure Alabama’s Infrastructure Readiness

Governor Kay Ivey attended Thursday’s White House infrastructure meeting hosted by President Trump and promised to work with the Alabama Legislature to ensure Alabama is ready to take advantage of the president’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan. “I look forward to working with the Alabama House and Senate to ensure we …

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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 Sentance who has been working on a draft reorganization of programs. During the work session, Sentance 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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