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BCA, NAM Hail ExxonMobil’s $20 Billion Investment and Jobs Plan

ExxonMobil Corp. announced this week it will ultimately spend $20 billion over 10 years to build or update refining and manufacturing facilities on the Gulf Coast, creating about 45,000 new jobs. BCA President and CEO William Canary commended ExxonMobil for its nearly 30 years of partnership and progress with south …

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Capital Briefing for Week 4 of the 2017 Session

The Business Council of Alabama continued working on the business community’s legislative agenda during the fourth week of the 2017 Alabama legislative session. That work includes continuing efforts to pass consumer lawsuit lending reform that began its path through the Senate this week. Sen. Tom Whatley, R-Auburn, introduced an important …

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End of Obama-Era, Anti-Private Property Rights Rule Celebrated

After President Trump ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to rescind the anti-private property rights Waters of the U.S. rule, Business Council of Alabama President and CEO William J. Canary, National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce issued statements of support. “A regulation …

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Capital Briefing for Week 3 of the 2017 Session

The Business Council of Alabama continued to act on the business community’s legislative agenda during the third week of the 2017 Alabama legislative session. As of week three, House members have filed 316 bills and Senate members 245 bills. Of the 561 bills, 68 have passed their house of origin. …

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Altec Chairman and CEO Featured in Fox Business Video

WASHINGTON, D.C. – BCA member Altec Inc. Chairman and CEO Lee Styslinger III, and other members of the Business Roundtable, met with President Trump on Thursday and emerged confident in the direction the economy is headed after eight years of turmoil and disruption. Styslinger appeared on Fox Business and said he …

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U.S. Chamber Calls for Fewer Regulations

A twist on the old saying is if it’s broke, fix it. That’s the opinion of U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tom Donohue’s 2017 Growth Agenda. Donohue said an unelected fourth branch of government – the regulatory branch – is holding our small business sector back while imposing …

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Capital Briefing for Week 2 of the 2017 Session

The House and Senate settled into their session routines this week with the Business Council of Alabama monitoring and acting on the business community’s legislative agenda that includes infrastructure, education, health care, legal reform, tax and fiscal policy, and other areas of interest. As of the second week in session, …

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Capital Briefing for Week 1 of the 2017 Session

The 2017 regular legislative session began Tuesday with the Business Council of Alabama working on job creation, infrastructure improvement, education support, legal and regulatory reform, health-care industry stability, and tax and insurance fairness. “Companies and industries have poured over $24 billion of investment into Alabama, in our people and in …

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Jeff Sessions Becomes First Alabamian to Serve as U.S. Attorney General

President Donald Trump administered the oath of office Thursday to former U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions of Mobile after his Wednesday Senate confirmation as U.S. Attorney General. “He’s a man of integrity, a man of principle and a man of total, utter resolve,” Trump said. “That resolve is what we need …

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Congress, White House Move to Rescind Obama-Era Rules

The Associated Press reports House Republicans approved a measure on Wednesday to rescind Obama-era rules designed to protect streams by a vote of 228-194. Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH) said, “Make no mistake about it, this Obama administration rule is not designed to protect streams. Instead, it was an effort to regulate …

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