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Putting More Into Infrastructure

BCA Seeks ‘Fair, Equitable, Broad-Based’ Solutions Although the state legislative session just began in February, Business Council of Alabama President and CEO William J. Canary was asked what would a successful session look like for the organization that represents 750,000-plus people.The organization wants to be “supportive and helpful in adopting …

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Student Data Bill Will Show Us What Is Working In Education

House Education Policy Committee Chair Terri Collins today said that Alabama needs a student performance measuring tool known as a longitudinal data system that will greatly aid the evaluation of how well students are doing from early schooling to their first jobs. Collins, R-Decatur, has sponsored HB 125. It would …

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Transportation Improvements Will Increase Alabama’s Economic Growth

A national transportation research organization said Thursday that Alabama’s deteriorating roads and bridges threaten to stifle economic growth and development. At news conferences in Birmingham and at the Business Council of Alabama in Montgomery, the Washington, D.C.-based research organization TRIP identified 20 transportation improvements that are needed to support economic …

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BCA And Hospital Association Partner to Educate Legislators on Medicaid/RCO Implementation

The Business Council of Alabama partnered with the Alabama Hospital Association on Tuesday to explain Medicaid’s important role in economic development, job creation, quality of life, and to explain a new regional delivery system. Medicaid is a joint state-federal health insurance plan for low-income children, pregnant women, the elderly, and …

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The Reports of the Netflix Rule’s Death May Have been Greatly Exaggerated

Mark Twain famously said: “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” The same may be true of the so-called Netflix rule (810-6-5.09), which the Alabama Department of Revenue proposed (and withdrew) last year and which would have subjected digital transmissions such as movies, TV programs, and music to Alabama’s …

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It’s Time to Urge Lawmakers to Invest in Alabama Roads and Bridges

Now that the five public hearings on Alabama’s transportation needs are history the next step in upgrading Alabama’s roads and bridges is to urge legislators to enhance the investment in our surface lifelines for commerce. Nothing is more important to Alabama than infrastructure, which is directly linked to our safety, …

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MY TURN: Investing in Alabama’s roads, future

As Alabamians, we work hard and take pride in the things in which we invest our money. Whether it’s our home, automobile or our children’s education, we think carefully about how we spend money and exercise fiscal responsibility. With that in mind, it might be time to start thinking more …

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Second School Choice Rally Draws Hundreds of Students, Parents, Educators, and Business Leaders

National School Choice Week observed today at the Alabama Capitol drew students, parents, educators, and business leaders for a lively and informative assembly. The Alabama School Choice Coalition rally included student cheerleaders and dance music to help observe National School Choice Week that was supported by the Business Council of …

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Legislature Continues Transportation Infrastructure Meetings

The Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce will host the next Alabama Legislature’s Joint Transportation Committee infrastructure meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 19, in Montevallo. The regional meeting will be held at American Village, 3727 Highway 119 from 10 a.m. until noon. The first of five planned regional meetings was held …

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