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BCA Member Present for World Games Announcement, Birmingham Wins First World Games for U.S. in 40 Years

Birmingham won the 11th World Games set for 2021 but the first event of the international sport gathering held every four years will take place in 2017. WGA President Jose Perurena announced today from Lausanne, Switzerland, that the International World Games Association flag will be presented to Birmingham representatives at …

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BCA’s Canary Comments on State of the Union Speech

Business Council of Alabama President and CEO William J. Canary issued the following statement on President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address: “Generally, the President’s State of the Union address was a disappointment from the perspective of the Business Council of Alabama’s (BCA) federal agenda,” Canary said. “The President’s …

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BCA Vice President Awarded Friend of AMSTI Honor For Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Jan. 14, 2015) – The Alabama State Department of Education’s Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative on Tuesday honored Business Council of Alabama Vice President Victor Vernon with its prestigious Friend of AMSTI award for 2015. Vernon, the BCA’s Vice President for Public Policy, was a Senate Fiscal …

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Guest Blog – The 2014 Elections Are Over. What’s Next?

In November, Americans sent a powerful message to Washington from the polls: the status quo is not working anymore. Voters believe there is too much over-regulation and uncertainty from our federal government. They know that manufacturers in the United States won’t take the risks necessary to grow and create more …

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Business Groups File Lawsuit to Stop Aggressive NLRB Agenda and New “Ambush Elections” Rule That Ends Traditional Labor Policy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A coalition of industry sectors and businesses filed suit Monday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to stop the National Labor Relations Board from moving forward with its “ambush elections” rule issued Dec. 12, the National Association of Manufacturers said. The rule changes …

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National Tax Organization Grades Alabama Tax Effort

The Council on State Taxation credited the Business Council of Alabama for helping pass legislation that updated the Taxpayers Bill of Rights and created the independent Alabama Tax Tribunal, which began operating Oct. 1. COST congratulated Alabama for significant improvement in the state tax appeals and administration process. COST announced …

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BCA Annual Meeting Caps a Successful 2014

Business Council of Alabama board members for 2015 and state and federal legislative agendas were approved this month during the BCA’s final meeting that closed out a successful 2014 and set the stage for 2015. “Overall it’s the most successful year we had,” said BCA Chairman-elect Marty Abroms. The BCA …

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Business Council of Alabama Expresses Concern Over Proposed EPA Clean Air Act Regulation

Business Council of Alabama President and CEO William J. Canary has submitted concerns over a proposed Environmental Protection Agency rule that will cost Alabama businesses and consumers at least $5.2 billion in higher energy costs by 2020. “The EPA proposal, if finalized, would impose enormous costs and burdens on Alabama …

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Who’s Who of Entire U.S. Economy Urges Congress to Pass Tax Extenders

More than 500 organizations representing millions of individuals and the entire U.S. economy on Tuesday joined the Business Council of Alabama in urging Congress to pass needed tax extenders during the Lame Duck session currently under way. “These tax provisions are critically important to U.S. jobs and the broader economy,” …

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