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Alabama Chambers Support Cotton Check-off on July 15 ballot

A yes vote for Amendment 1 on July 15 statewide runoff ballots will give Alabama cotton farmers the freedom to decide if their existing voluntary check-off should become automatic. Created in the 1970s, cotton farmers utilized the check-off to build a stronger cotton industry. The check-off program greatly benefits farmers …

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Federal Highway Fund Depletion Nears

The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced plans to cut road and transit payments due to dwindling dollars in the Highway Trust Fund. According to DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx, an estimated $4 billion will remain in the trust by the time the cuts begin next month. This reduction of federal …

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High Court Rules Against Compulsory Union Dues by Certain Public Employees

The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled that certain public employees cannot be compelled to pay dues to cover the cost of union collective bargaining. The 5-4 ruling in an Illinois home health worker case was a victory for employees who disagree with positions that unions take. The narrow decision means …

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Business Wins One on Obamacare

The U.S. Supreme Court today said that certain businesses that claim religious objections are exempt from the Obamacare provision requiring them to cover certain contraceptives for women. The court ruled 5-4 on the side of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties, two businesses that challenged the provision of the Affordable …

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Supreme Court Ruling on Obama’s NLRB Appointments Reaffirms Senate’s Constitutional Role

The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled that three appointments President Barack Obama made to the National Labor Relations Board in 2012 were unconstitutional because they were made without required U.S. Senate participation. The case before the court was brought by a soft drink bottler in Washington state who had lost …

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Raytheon, BCA Host Raytheon Suppliers and Manufacturing Advocacy Council

The Raytheon Company and the Business Council of Alabama in Huntsville this week hosted north Alabama manufacturers and elected officials for a discussion of the critical roles that manufacturing and education have in creating jobs. A Monday reception sponsored by Raytheon and the BCA hosted Raytheon suppliers, BCA members, and …

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Retiring Congressman Spencer Bachus addresses BCA Federal Affairs Committee

A good friend of business, U.S. Rep. Spencer Bachus who is retiring after 22 years in Congress at the end of this term, on Tuesday addressed members of the Business Council of Alabama’s Federal Affairs Committee. Suzanne Respess, the Federal Affairs Committee co-chair, thanked Bachus for representing not only the …

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Manufacturers to Meet Next Week in Nation’s Capital to Push Agenda

The nation’s oldest manufacturing association is sending its Manufacturing Army to Washington, D.C., on June 10 and 11 to meet with national leaders and update them on the importance of manufacturing to the nation’s economy. The National Association of Manufacturers’ Manufacturing Summit provides NAM members the opportunity to meet with …

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Vote Tomorrow and be aware of the AEA Assault in the Primary Election

In the last 10 days, the Alabama Education Association has continued its assault on the Republican primary, pumping an additional $700,000 into ads attacking incumbent Republicans. This brings AEA total spending in the Republican primary to roughly $4.5 million (around half of this amount has been for candidate contributions while …

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Governor Bentley Appoints Alabama Tax Tribunal Chief Judge

Governor Robert Bentley has appointed Alabama Department of Revenue Chief Administrative Law Judge Bill Thompson as the first chief judge of the new Alabama Tax Tribunal. Bentley appointed Thompson on May 19 and his appointment becomes effective Oct. 1 when the Alabama Tax Tribunal, created by the Taxpayer Fairness Act …

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