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Capital Briefing for Week 10 of the 2017 Session

As the Legislature turned the corner on the two-thirds mark of the session, the 10th week began with the Business Council of Alabama’s Tuesday briefing¬†featuring House Majority Leader Rep. Nathaniel Ledbetter, R-Rainsville. Rep. Ledbetter said the Legislature will eventually renew its attempt to pass infrastructure investment legislation. “It’s disappointing we …

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Capital Briefing for Week 9 of the 2017 Session

A Tale of Two Bills, But There Might Be a Silver Lining Last week, the House missed a significant opportunity to move Alabama forward by failing to muster a vote on a bill to invest in Alabama’s infrastructure, which would cost users about $3.50 a month to improve our roads …

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Capital Briefing for Week 8 of the 2017 Session

While politics has dominated Alabama the last several weeks, the Legislature’s business continued with the House and Senate advancing important business community initiatives. But the all-important infrastructure investment modernization bill will have to wait to fight another day after several factors, including internal House politics, stopped the bill in its …

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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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Capital Briefing for Week 7 of the 2017 Session

After two weeks off for spring break, the Alabama Legislature this week reached the midpoint of the 2017 legislative session with the Business Council of Alabama continuing its involvement in the business community’s legislative agenda including encouraging the successful defeat of the Mandatory Unitary Combined Reporting bill that would have …

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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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FY 2018 Budget Outline Released

President Trump released his first federal budget blueprint, revealing plans to dramatically reduce the size of government, The Hill reported. His budget proposes deep cuts to or elimination of entire programs and a reduced federal workforce. He wants to increase defense spending by $54 billion. Trump seeks a 28 percent …

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Capital Briefing for Week 6 of the 2017 Session

The Business Council of Alabama continued working on the business community’s legislative agenda during week six of the 2017 regular legislative session. The two state budgets moved this week. The Alabama House passed a $15.6 billion General Fund budget that includes $1.84 billion in discretionary funding. And the Senate passed …

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Capital Briefing for Week 5 of the 2017 Session

The Business Council of Alabama continued working on the business community’s legislative agenda during the fifth week of the 2017 regular legislative session. The BCA’s action included testimony during a House Insurance Committee public hearing on a bill that would mandate expensive medical coverage to public and private health insurance …

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