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Week 9 of the 2018 Session

The chairs of the Senate and House Judiciary Committees were the speakers at this week’s Business Council of Alabama’s Tuesday Briefing. They urged business community support for juvenile- and adult-justice system reforms. Sen. Cam Ward, R-Alabaster, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Rep. Jim Hill, R-Moody, chairman of the …

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Senator Shelby is Expected to Lead Appropriations Panel

Sen. Richard C. Shelby, the expected next chairman of the Appropriations Committee, will slide into the role with a short time frame to finish work before the new fiscal year. The current chairman, Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., has announced his retirement effective in April after more than 45 years in …

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Week 8 of the 2018 Session

Steve Pelham, chief of staff to Governor Kay Ivey, spoke at this week’s Tuesday Briefing that was sponsored by the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce, one of The Partners with the BCA and the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama. Pelham discussed Alabama’s low unemployment rate and record employment, and …

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Administration to Impose Tariffs on Some Imported Metals

President Donald Trump said Thursday he will protect American metals production by imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. Trump said he will levy tariffs for “a long period of time” of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum imports, the Associated Press reported. “You will have protection …

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Week 7 of the 2018 Session

Rep. Bill Poole, R-Tuscaloosa, chairman of the House Ways and Means Education Committee, spoke at this week’s Tuesday Briefing that was sponsored by the Business Education Alliance of Alabama. The BEA assists in providing the best education opportunities and skills training available for Alabama’s public-school students. “We work on research …

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Manufacturing Stars Fall on Alabama

Business Council of Alabama President and CEO William J. Canary joined National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons at BCA member Altec Inc. in Birmingham on Thursday for the Alabama segment of the NAM’s State of Manufacturing Tour. Timmons, Canary, and Alabama Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield …

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Week 6 of the 2018 Session

Senate and House Majority Leaders Sen. Greg Reed, R-Jasper, and Rep. Nathaniel Ledbetter, R-Rainsville, spoke at this week’s Tuesday Briefing that was sponsored by Business Council of Alabama member McWane Inc., a family run business headquartered in Birmingham. McWane Inc. is an international manufacturer that began when two McWane brothers …

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Week 5 of the 2018 Session

The Business Council of Alabama board of directors met Wednesday for its first meeting of 2018 and voted unanimously to approve a resolution commending Alabama’s senior United States senator, Richard Shelby of Tuscaloosa, for his exemplary service to the state of Alabama. He has been instrumental in the state’s military, …

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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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