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Week 1 of the 2018 Session

The House and Senate convening for the 2018 regular legislative session on Tuesday immediately went to work in anticipation of adjourning sine die earlier than usual in order to begin campaigning for the June party primaries. All 140 legislative seats are up for election this November as well as the …

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Tax Cut Bonuses, Wage Increases Keep on Coming

The National Association of Manufacturers has compiled a partial list of companies whose employees are benefitting from the projected cash flow savings from the Republican tax cut of 2017. These companies are authorizing hundreds of millions of dollars in wage increases and bonuses. Walmart, probably the nation’s largest retail employer, …

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Capital Insights – Series 3: Episode 1 – Featuring Speaker Mac McCutcheon

A series where we sit down with a different Alabama lawmaker each episode. This episode’s guest, Speaker Mac McCutcheon, R-Huntsville, was asked what his priorities are for the Alabama House in 2018 and who or what has been his biggest influence professionally or personally.

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House Speaker Promises Business Support in 2018 Legislative Session

House Speaker Mac McCutcheon today in the first Tuesday morning briefing of the 2018 regular legislative session said support of important business initiatives affecting taxes, jobs, and education will continue. McCutcheon, R-Huntsville, said he has reviewed the Business Council of Alabama’s 2018 Perspective of issues and “realized we are working …

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Alabama Senator Doug Jones Takes Office

Alabama’s new U.S. senator, Doug Jones, took the oath of office on Wednesday, and succeeded U.S. Sen. Luther Strange who had been appointed a year ago to fill the unexpired term of U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, who became U.S. Attorney General. Vice President Mike Pence administered the oath of office …

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The Business Council of Alabama Praises Efforts that Landed Fighter Wing

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – (Dec. 21, 2017) The Business Council of Alabama today praised efforts by national, state, and local officials who worked to land the F-35 Joint Fighter Mission at the Alabama Air National Guard 187th Fighter Wing at Montgomery’s Dannelly Field. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson chose Montgomery for …

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Alabama Gains Major Air Defense Wing

Governor Kay Ivey and state, local, and military officials on Thursday praised the announcement that the Alabama Air National Guard’s 187th Fighter Wing at Dannelly Field in Montgomery will be one of two locations in the United States that will house the new F-35A Joint Strike Fighter jet. Secretary of …

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Now’s Your Chance to Support Scholarship Funding for Deserving Alabama Children

We are Alabama. We celebrate the success of our industry, businesses and of course our football. However, there are thousands of disadvantaged kids that, despite having big dreams and capabilities, will be excluded from these opportunities. How many more children do we lose from under-education, dropping out, and even bullying? …

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United Launch Alliance Chief Became a “Rocketman” at an Early Age

Business Council of Alabama member Salvatore “Tory” Bruno’s rocket experience started when he was 10 growing up in rural California mountains. Bruno found an old, deteriorated stick of dynamite. Behind his barn was an iron pipe. As long as it isn’t tightly enclosed, dynamite can burn very rapidly. And powerfully. …

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Taxpayers Anticipating a Special Christmas Present from Uncle Sam

In Congress it’s all about agreeing on the House-Senate tax cut compromise between now and the Christmas break so President Trump can sign the bill into law and legalize the cuts for the 2017 tax year. Here are some details from The Hill of the agreement reached on the bill, which …

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