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BCA Supports House-Passed Technical Education Reauthorization

In May, the Business Council of Alabama signed a letter to congressional leaders urging reauthorization of the Perkins Act, which the House did on Thursday. The Perkins Career and Technical Education Act reauthorizing the education initiative is intended to bolster technical education for specialized job skills. Last overhauled in 2006, it aims …

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President’s $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan, Alabama Governor Ivey Promises Cooperation

After meeting with President Donald Trump on Thursday, Governor Kay Ivey addressed Alabama’s opportunity to participate in his infrastructure plan that has been released. “I look forward to working with the Alabama House and Senate to ensure we are ready to hit the ground running once the federal infrastructure plan …

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GOP Chair: Details on Trump Infrastructure Plan Expected in June

The chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Highways and Transit Subcommittee said he expect details soon on President Trump’s infrastructure plan, which the administration outlined broadly in its budget proposal this week. According to preliminary reports, states would be required to have matching money in order to get federal …

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Administration Infrastructure Plan to be Released Soon, Alabama Could Hit a Dead End

With the failure of the Alabama prison construction bill to pass in the 2017 regular legislative session, expect a special session to resume the attempt to forestall federal intervention in Alabama’s overcrowded prisons. A special session would be the opportune time to resurrect the Alabama infrastructure investment attempt in order …

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Congressman Rogers Says States Need Match for Federal Highway Funding

U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Saks, brought information from Washington, D.C. to his district in Montgomery at the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce’s Eggs & Issues breakfast at the Alabama Activity Center this week. Rep. Rogers, who represents Alabama’s 3rd Congressional District, mentioned President Trump’s proposed infrastructure plan that will require …

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House Passes Obamacare Repeal

Six of Alabama’s seven members of Congress voted Thursday to repeal Obamacare, the 7-year-old government-mandated health insurance system that disrupted a working medical insurance system and increased costs. The vote sent H.R. 1628 to the Senate. Passage is a victory for Republicans, who reacted. “Today I voted for, and the …

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President Trump Proposes Major Tax Overhaul, Business Rate Set at 15 Percent

The White House on Wednesday proposed comprehensive tax reform that would end most deductions, kill the inheritance death tax, double the standard deduction, and simplify the system into three tax brackets, including 15 percent for corporations. The plan unveiled by Treasury Secretary Michael Mnuchin and National Economic Council Director Gary …

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NAM Group Meets with President

NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons and a group of manufacturing executives met in the White House last week with President Trump and unveiled the NAM’s latest Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey. The survey showed that 93.3 percent of manufacturers have a positive outlook about their companies, the NAM said. Business Insider …

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Pressure Growing for Alabama to Leverage Trump’s Accelerating Infrastructure Agenda

President Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan could accelerate with the administration needing a win and now that there’s more room on the legislative agenda. Trump transition team member Rep. Lou Barletta of Pennsylvania said with health care insurance pushed to the back burner, the infrastructure plan may gain steam. One …

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Alabama U.S. House Delegation Members to Support ACA Replacement, Vote Delayed

The U.S. House postponed Thursday’s planned vote on an Obamacare replacement as the White House moved to shore up conservative support. House Republicans planned to meet behind closed doors later to figure out their next steps, the Washington Post said. Leaders have told the rank and file to be available …

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