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Government Board Seeks to Reverse 30 Years of Working Labor Practice

The National Labor Relations Board’s general counsel proposes to overturn 30 years of labor relations practice by reversing joint-employer standards definitions, making it easier for organized labor to coerce bargaining units and labor lawyers to enrich themselves at the expense of business and jobs. In a threat to business autonomy, …

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Steel-dumping Concerns Bring Favorable Commerce Department Ruling

The U.S. Commerce Department has approved anti-steel dumping duties on foreign producers of steel pipe for the energy sector, a victory for Alabama steelmakers, the state’s two U.S. senators, and the domestic oil and gas industry. U.S. steel companies filed a formal complaint with the Commerce Department last year. In …

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September Innovation Conference Set to Connect Great Ideas

If you’re thinking about starting a business or even expanding one, attending the Alabama Launchpad Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference next month won’t be a waste of your valuable time. The worthwhile conference is scheduled Sept. 25-26 in Birmingham. Alabama Launchpad is a program of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama …

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Congressman Robert Aderholt Says Congress Faces a Lot of Work After August Break

U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt said Wednesday that Congress has important work remaining when the House and Senate return to Washington, D.C., after the traditional August recess, including consideration of extending the Export-Import Bank’s charter, an important issue to the Business Council of Alabama.   Aderholt, R-Haleyville, who is unopposed in …

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U.S. Rep. Martha Roby Addresses Constituents at Chamber of Commerce Breakfast

U.S. Rep. Martha Roby of Alabama today updated central-Alabama business, political, and military leaders on national security, immigration, and veterans issues at an event held during Congress’s traditional August break. Roby, R-Montgomery, speaking at the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Eggs and Issues breakfast, discussed middle-class economics, the attack on …

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BCA Coalition Urges Congress to Reauthorize the Ex-Im Bank

Congress must pass continued authorization of the Export-Import Bank of the United States when it returns from its traditional August recess. Continuation of the bank’s charter is essential. Not only has it supported thousands of jobs in Alabama but also nearly 1.5 million nationwide since 2007. The Ex-Im Bank operates …

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Guest Blog: Changes at Alabama Power plants driven by federal regulations – Matt Bowden and Jim Heilbron

As a power company, we know the difference between generating heat and light. A great deal of media heat greeted our decision to convert or close some generation facilities to meet federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mandates. Speculation about our motivation from environmental activist groups quickly followed. It’s time to …

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Guest Blog: “Message of Hope Lights-Up BCA Conference” – Allen Farley

Every August the Business Council of Alabama (BCA) hosts a weekend conference that brings together Alabama’s business community and cross-section of public servants who have been elected to state offices. Republicans and Democrats seated around the same tables getting to know the people behind the businesses that employ Alabama families. …

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Alabama Tax Tribunal Moves Toward October 1 Kickoff

The new Alabama Tax Tribunal that will begin hearing appeals of most final tax assessments from state or local governments on Oct. 1 is in the final stage of preparing for its debut. The ATT was created by the Alabama Taxpayer Fairness Act of 2014 that was supported by the …

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North Alabama Congressman Gives Government, Political Update from Washington, D.C.

U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks of Huntsville today updated Business Council of Alabama members on the status of national finances and politics. Brooks, a Republican, spoke via conference call from his House office on Capitol Hill. In his second term, Brooks supports a strong national defense, opposes government employment sequestration, and …

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