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Manufacturers Tour Comes to Alabama and BCA Member Operation

The National Association of Manufacturers will be in Alabama next week as part of its 2018 State of Manufacturing Tour. The tour gives NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons the opportunity to meet leading manufacturers, elected officials, and parents and students, at manufacturing facilities. The eight-state tour begins Monday and …

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President Trump Touts Infrastructure Plan to Nation

A highlight in President Trump’s State of the Union this week was his promotion of a $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan that would couple investments by state and local governments and private investors, with $200 billion in federal grants. “I am calling on the Congress to produce a bill that generates …

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WOTUS Decision a Win for Manufacturers

The Business Council of Alabama, the National Association of Manufacturers, and businesses across the United States praised Monday’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that the long-standing Waters of the U.S. rule lawsuit belongs in federal district court, not in appellate court. “A regulation such as this one and its cost …

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What a Government Shutdown Really Means

The U.S. House late Thursday approved yet another continuing government spending resolution, and sent it to the Senate where the political game of blinkmanship – as in who blinks first – must be settled by midnight tonight or the government’s legal authority to spend money in certain areas ends until …

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Tax Cut Bonuses, Wage Increases Keep on Coming

The National Association of Manufacturers has compiled a partial list of companies whose employees are benefitting from the projected cash flow savings from the Republican tax cut of 2017. These companies are authorizing hundreds of millions of dollars in wage increases and bonuses. Walmart, probably the nation’s largest retail employer, …

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Alabama Senator Doug Jones Takes Office

Alabama’s new U.S. senator, Doug Jones, took the oath of office on Wednesday, and succeeded U.S. Sen. Luther Strange who had been appointed a year ago to fill the unexpired term of U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, who became U.S. Attorney General. Vice President Mike Pence administered the oath of office …

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Alabama Gains Major Air Defense Wing

Governor Kay Ivey and state, local, and military officials on Thursday praised the announcement that the Alabama Air National Guard’s 187th Fighter Wing at Dannelly Field in Montgomery will be one of two locations in the United States that will house the new F-35A Joint Strike Fighter jet. Secretary of …

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U.S. Chamber Urges Push to Get Tax Reform Over Goal Line

The House and Senate are discussing a compromise tax bill and hope to get it to President Trump’s desk by the end of the year. Alabama’s two U.S. senators voted for the Senate version and all Republican members of Alabama’s House delegation voted for their version. The U.S. Chamber of …

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Small Businesses Could Win Big from Senate Vote on Tax Reform

The U.S. Senate at week’s end pushed the tax bill to an inevitable vote and included a popular provision for small businesses. Senate Republicans agreed to boost the deduction for pass-through businesses from 17.4 percent to 23 percent, The Hill reported. Many small businesses are so-called pass-through businesses that don’t have …

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