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Capital insights – Series 2: Episode 11 – Featuring Sen. Clay Scofield

A series where we sit down with a different Alabama lawmaker each episode. This episode’s guest, Sen. Clay Scofield, R-Guntersville, was asked to explain his bill to amend the Alabama Renewal Act and why its important for economic development and what unique aspect about his district he’s most proud of.

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NAM Group Meets with President

NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons and a group of manufacturing executives met in the White House last week with President Trump and unveiled the NAM’s latest Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey. The survey showed that 93.3 percent of manufacturers have a positive outlook about their companies, the NAM said. Business Insider …

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Capital Briefing for Week 7 of the 2017 Session

After two weeks off for spring break, the Alabama Legislature this week reached the midpoint of the 2017 legislative session with the Business Council of Alabama continuing its involvement in the business community’s legislative agenda including encouraging the successful defeat of the Mandatory Unitary Combined Reporting bill that would have …

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Senate Committee Listens to Business and Rejects Arbitrary Tax Increase

The Senate Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Development Committee on Wednesday correctly defeated arbitrary tax increase legislation that the Business Council of Alabama and the state’s business community has opposed for years. The committee voted 12-2 not to advance the Mandatory Unitary Combined Reporting bill, SB 67 by Sen. Linda Coleman-Madison, …

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Capital Insights – Series 2: Episode 10 – Featuring Sen. Jabo Waggoner

A series where we sit down with a different Alabama lawmaker each episode. This episode’s guest, Sen. Jabo Waggoner, R-Vestavia Hills, was asked to share some information about his Historic Building Tax Credit bill and what unique aspect about his district he’s most proud of.

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Legislature Gets Its Second Wind

The chairmen of the agenda-setting House and Senate rules committees at today’s Business Council of Alabama’s Tuesday morning briefing outlined some of the important bills remaining in the 2017 legislative session that will be at the halfway point this week. Senate Rules Committee Chairman Jabo Waggoner, R-Vestavia Hills, and House …

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Capital Insights – Series 2: Episode 9 – Featuring Rep. Alan Boothe

A series where we sit down with a different Alabama lawmaker each episode. This episode’s guest, Rep. Alan Boothe, R-Troy, was asked what the business community can expect from the legislature during the remaining half of the session and what issues he foresees affecting his district in the future.

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Alabama-Based Data Science Company Boosts Productivity, Profits of Some of the World’s Largest Corporations

Joshua Jones dropped out of high school when he was a teenager. Today, two decades later, he’s created, run, and sold several businesses in different countries, even supplying some of them on horseback. In his mid-30s, Jones is Managing Partner of StrategyWise, a 20-employee consulting firm in Birmingham that helps …

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Pressure Growing for Alabama to Leverage Trump’s Accelerating Infrastructure Agenda

President Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan could accelerate with the administration needing a win and now that there’s more room on the legislative agenda. Trump transition team member Rep. Lou Barletta of Pennsylvania said with health care insurance pushed to the back burner, the infrastructure plan may gain steam. One …

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Longitudinal Data System is a Necessary Step to Improve Education

Alabama does not have an education system designed to educate all children. It never has. But, the possibility of laying the foundation for one is closer than ever. A state longitudinal data system (SLDS), while a seemingly confusing policy topic, is a necessary step to creating a well-functioning education system. …

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