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BCA Policy Committees Draft the 2014 Legislative Session Agenda

Business Council of Alabama policy committee members drafted the BCA’s legislative agenda for the 2014 legislative session during the 2013 Committee Leadership Days conference at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, covering issues from education to small businesses to taxes. The eight policy committees drafted BCA positions for the legislative session …

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U.S. Chamber 2014 DREAM BIG Small Business Award (Applications Now Being Accepted)

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations and applications for its 2014 DREAM BIG Small Business Award. Nominate a business: Any organization (chamber, association, company, etc.) or individual can show their support for a small business by nominating them for the award. Nominations are due by January 6, …

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Study Says State Medicaid Expansion Could Create Up to 52,000 New Jobs

Expanding Medicaid to increase the number of people eligible for the state-federal insurance plan could create between 24,600 and 52,000 new jobs over seven fiscal years, increase payroll by an estimated $1 billion to $2.1 billion, and insure nearly 300,000 Alabamians currently without medical insurance, according to a study released …

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Alabama Ranks No. 1 in Math, Science, and English Advanced Placement Score Increases

State Superintendent of Education Dr. Tommy Bice said Wednesday that Alabama ranks No. 1 in percentage score increases in Advanced Placement exams over the last five years. Bice said that the number of Alabama public school students passing math, science, and English AP exams ranked No. 1 among the 50 …

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Supreme Court upholds passage of the Alabama Accountability Act

The Alabama Supreme Court today unanimously threw out a lawsuit filed earlier this year over the way the Legislature passed the Alabama Accountability Act of 2013 that allows flexible school rules and income tax credits for families of students transferring from certain failing schools in order to attend other public …

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Kaiser Foundation releases video on health insurance changes

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation has released a video explaining the changes to health insurance under the Affordable Care Act: The YouToons Get Ready for Obamacare: Health Insurance Changes Coming Your Way Under the Affordable Care Act   This short video explains the basic changes in the way Americans …

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Children’s of Alabama Expansion in Birmingham Gets Energy and Environmental Design Award

The U.S. Green Building Council has recognized Children’s of Alabama’s Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children in Birmingham for its energy conservation expansion that opened a year ago this month. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design award is for the hospital’s design and its use of sustainable, energy-efficient, and environmentally …

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Alabama Accountability Act’s parental choice is an extension of the civil rights movement (Opinion article from the Rev. H.K. Matthews)

“The public schools deserve our greatest respect, and not just for their heroic efforts to educate our children. It was, for many years, one of the few ladders of economic opportunity for African Americans. “But public education is not a system of buildings or employees—it’s a goal, an ideal. Despite …

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The 2013 BCA Healthcare Conference concludes after dynamic presentations and Obamacare explanations

HOOVER – The Business Council of Alabama’s successful two-day Healthcare Forum of 2013 concluded Wednesday with an informative speech by the architect of President Barack Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed in 2010 along party lines by a divided Congress. Nancy-Ann DeParle, Obama’s former deputy chief of staff …

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Failing school scholarship tax credit schedule released

The State Department of Education and the Department of Revenue today announced administrative steps toward complying with the Alabama Accountability Act of 2013 that allows student transfers from failing schools and creates tax credits for parents and for individual and corporate scholarship contributions. State School Superintendent Tommy Bice today identified …

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