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House and Senate General Fund Budget Chairs Say All Scenarios Are on Table

Speaking today to the Business Council of Alabama’s Governmental Affairs Committee, the chairmen of the House and Senate General Fund budget committees said all revenue and cost-cutting measures are on the table to help the Legislature deal with an ailing general government budget for next fiscal year. “As usual it’s …

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Senate President Pro Tem Backs Business-Oriented Agenda, Charter Schools

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh today said the Legislature that was elected in 2014 has business’s backs. Speaking to the Business Council of Alabama’s Governmental Affairs Committee, Marsh, R-Anniston, said he believes that the 2014-18 Senate class will be even more productive and responsive to voters than the class …

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House Speaker Hubbard Backs Business-Oriented Agenda

House Speaker Mike Hubbard said the House will support several Business Council of Alabama goals in the 2015 legislative session that begins today in Montgomery. Hubbard, R-Auburn, said the GOP’s plan is to quickly advance charter school legislation and send it to Governor Robert Bentley for consideration. “I believe this …

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Senator Thanks BCA Committee Members for TBORII Passage

State Senator Roger Bedford today thanked Business Council of Alabama Governmental Affairs Committee members for successful passage of Taxpayers Bill of Rights II legislation and for blocking efforts to repeal Common Core education standards. Bedford, speaking at the final Governmental Affairs Committee meeting of the 2014 regular legislative session, said …

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Lieutenant Governor lauds business involvement in education, addresses impact of military presence in Alabama

Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey at today’s Business Council of Alabama Governmental Affairs Committee meeting addressed business involvement in education and the huge financial impact of the U.S. military’s presence in Alabama. Ivey, a former banking executive, served two terms as state treasurer and was elected lieutenant governor in 2010. She …

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Budget woes may create private business opportunities (VIDEO)

The chairman of the Senate Finance and Taxation General Fund Committee said today that the Legislature is considering actions that could create business opportunities in Alabama. Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, said the Legislature will begin discussing privatizing retail state liquor stores next year as one of several business-friendly options under …

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House Education Budget Chair addresses Governmental Affairs Committee (VIDEO)

The chairman of the House Ways and Means Education Budget Committee told the Business Council of Alabama’s Governmental Affairs Committee today that the 2014-15 budgets will dominate second half of the 2014 regular legislative session that has reached its halfway point. State Rep. Bill Poole, R-Northport, was speaking about the …

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House Minority Leader talks business, political issues (VIDEO)

House Minority Leader Craig Ford today discussed business and political issues at the Business Council of Alabama’s Governmental Affairs Committee’s weekly legislative session meeting. Ford, D-Gadsden, was chosen Minority Leader by House Democrats in 2010 when Republicans gained a supermajority in the House and Senate, giving the GOP an unassailable …

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House, Senate chiefs of staff update BCA Governmental Affairs Committee (VIDEO)

The chiefs of staff to House Speaker Mike Hubbard and Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh updated the Business Council of Alabama’s Governmental Affairs Committee today on legislation progress in the 2010-14 quadrennium and the 2014 legislative session that is more than one-third completed. Josh Blades, chief of staff to …

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Senate Minority Leader says she’ll support TBOR II (VIDEO)

The Alabama Senate Minority Leader, Sen. Vivian Figures, D-Mobile, said that she will support the Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights II bill that has passed the House and is in position to be considered by the Senate as early as today. Figures, speaking today to the Business Council of Alabama’s Governmental …

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