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Congressman Rogers Discusses Local, National, and International Issues

U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers at today’s Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Eggs & Issues breakfast spoke of local, national, and international issues and the political climate in Washington, D.C. Rogers, R-Saks, represents parts of east Montgomery and east-central Alabama. His Third Congressional District includes constituents who work at Maxwell Air …

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Study: HudsonAlpha’s Economic Impact Exceeds $1.3 Billion Since Inception

Business Council of Alabama member HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville has created a state economic impact in excess of $1.3 billion since its inception in 2006, according to a recent economic impact analysis conducted by the University of Alabama in Huntsville. The UAH analysis shows that HudsonAlpha and its …

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Manufacturers Warn of Exodus if Ex-Im Closes, U.S. Loss could be China’s Gain

The Wall Street Journal reports today that U.S. manufacturers may move overseas if the U.S. Export-Import Bank’s charter is not renewed at the end of this month. Major manufacturers say industrial contracts in developing countries, from rail links in Africa to power plants in Eastern Europe, will be in jeopardy …

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The EPA’s renegade policies must be reined in

The Alabama Legislature took an important step toward reining in a rogue federal department this week when it approved a joint resolution opposing certain anti-business activities of the Environmental Protection Agency in Alabama. When President Richard Nixon established the EPA in 1970, it served a valuable purpose as decades of …

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Senator Outlines 2015 Session’s Final Days

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Cam Ward on Tuesday said that the 2015 regular legislative session which may end this week has been productive for the Alabama business community. Speaking at the final BCA Governmental Affairs Committee meeting of this session, Ward outlined a possible script for the final day that …

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EPA Releases Final Water Rule That Threatens Private Property Use

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today finalized stringent U.S. water regulations that redefine what water and private property can be controlled from Washington. The EPA says the rule ensures that the Clean Water Act more precisely defines and determines what water is protected …

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House Education Policy Chairman Says Legislature has Crucial Education Measures this Week to Finalize

State Rep. Terri Collins told the Business Council of Alabama’s Government Affairs Committee today that this week’s House and Senate agendas include significant education issues including final passage of the 2015-16 Education Trust Fund budget. “There are so many things that will be decided this week,” Collins said. The 2015 …

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May 4-8 is National Small Business Week in U.S.

The president has declared this week as National Small Business Week in recognition of the important and critical contributions to America’s success by small business owners and entrepreneurs. The week will end Friday with National Small Business Week Awards in Washington, D.C. More than half of Americans either own or …

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House Passes Bill to Protect Business, Consumers

The House voting 98-1 this morning passed the Alabama consumer Lawsuit Lending Act that is supported by the Business Council of Alabama. If HB 160 sponsored by Rep. Chris Pringle, R-Mobile, becomes law, consumer lawsuit lenders would be required to obtain licensing from the State Banking Department. Pringle’s bill, which …

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