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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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Week 2 of the 2018 Session

The House and Senate this week acknowledged Alabama’s unusually extreme winter ice and snow by cancelling Wednesday committee meetings and holding short sessions on Thursday. Both bodies are scheduled to return to Montgomery on Tuesday for the session’s fifth legislative day. The Senate on Tuesday passed SB 98 by Sen. Arthur …

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Week 1 of the 2018 Session

The House and Senate convening for the 2018 regular legislative session on Tuesday immediately went to work in anticipation of adjourning sine die earlier than usual in order to begin campaigning for the June party primaries. All 140 legislative seats are up for election this November as well as the …

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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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BCA Leadership Comments on Governor Ivey’s First State of the State

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 9, 2018 MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Business Council of Alabama Chairman Perry Hand and BCA President and CEO William J. Canary said Alabama’s business community finds much to support in Governor Kay Ivey’s agenda for the 2018 regular legislative session that began today. “The business community applauds …

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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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BCA-Georgia Chamber Heads Make Friendly Wager on Championship Game

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 4, 2018 MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama has Georgia on its mind between now and Monday when the University of Alabama meets the University of Georgia Bulldogs in Atlanta to settle the 2017 football season collegiate national championship. In keeping with the spirit of the season’s finale, …

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Business Council of Alabama Chairman’s Dinner Award Recipient Rick Hall Remembered

From left, Alabama Music Hall of Fame board member Judy Hood; BCA 2015 Chairman Marty Abroms; Rick Hall; and, Jimmy Johnson, Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section musician and former AMHOF board member, at Chairman’s Award presentation during 2015 Chairman’s Dinner. MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Jan. 2, 2018) – Rick Hall, an American music …

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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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