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Water Policy: A Business Perspective

Like everything else in life, in order to grow, thrive, and remain healthy, businesses and citizens need easy and ample access to one of our planet’s most basic resources – water.  As Leonardo da Vinci once said, “Water is the driving force of all nature.” Water resources remain a very …

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Former Czech Republic Ambassador, Alabama Legislator, and Businessman Was in the Vanguard of the Tort Reform Movement

Alabama businessman William “Bill” Cabaniss Jr. has worn many hats but his early battle to change the state’s Jackpot Justice image is high up on his legacy ladder. A new biography tells the story of Cabaniss as a successful businessman, a ground-breaking Republican member of the Alabama House and Senate, a …

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Post-Obamacare Federal and State Health Care Mandates Still Bad for Job Creation

It’s a well-established fact that the two greatest selling points of the Affordable Care Act – you can keep your doctor and your premiums will go down – have turned out to be a false positive. Whether it’s a mandate like the ACA or state mandates on health coverage, the …

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President’s Veto Opens Up Employees’ Private Information to Abuse

President Obama’s veto of a Congressional nullification of the National Labor Relation Board’s “ambush election” rule means that companies are forced to release your personal private information to outsiders. Obama’s veto means that Human Resources departments, which do not release private employee information to outsiders, can be compelled to release …

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BCA and U.S. Chamber Testify on Consumer Lawsuit Lending Legislation

Business Council of Alabama President and CEO William J. Canary testified on consumer lawsuit lending at House and Senate public hearings today. Canary spoke to the House Financial Services Committee in support of HB 160, sponsored by Rep. Chris Pringle, R-Mobile, and to the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee in …

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BCA’s Marty Sullivan Remembered by Co-Workers, Friends

Co-workers and friends at the Business Council of Alabama remembered the late Martha Louise Foster Sullivan as a wonderful person, devoted mother and caregiver, and consummate professional. Sullivan, called Marty in the professional world and Marty Lou by close friends, died March 26 at home surrounded by her family. She …

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IRS Webinar Scheduled Tuesday for Taxpayers, Small Business Owners

The Internal Revenue Service has scheduled a free webinar on Tuesday for taxpayers and particularly small business owners on what to consider when choosing a paid tax preparer and some common business tax provisions. The webinar is scheduled March 31 from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Central Time. The title …

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Prison Reform Deserves Attention from State

That old saying, “A day of reckoning is fast approaching,” is so apropos when discussing Alabama’s seriously overcrowded prisons. Addressing solely the finances of prison reform, it would cost $840 million to build new prisons that would reduce Alabama’s prison capacity of 190 percent to just 100 percent. That $840 …

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Ninety-four year old CPA Firm JamisonMoneyFarmer Opens Downtown Birmingham Office

Membership Spotlight Alabama’s seventh-largest Certified Public Accounting firm that has offices in Tuscaloosa and Selma has opened a Birmingham office in the Wells Fargo Tower. JamisonMoneyFarmer PC, whose executive board Chairman Carl T. Jamison was the 2013 Business Council of Alabama chairman, has expanded to the central downtown business district …

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Innovator Liability Theory Bills Pass House and Senate

The House and Senate today overwhelmingly passed Business Council of Alabama-backed bills that will clarify state law and prohibit damages against an original manufacturer if a product that it did not design and which was made and sold by a different company causes an injury. The House voted 88-7 to …

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