Toyota and Mazda to build massive new auto manufacturing plant in Limestone County

January 11, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, Toyota and Mazda announced that they were building a joint manufacturing plant at a site in Limestone County.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said, “Today is indeed a great day in the state of Alabama.”

“Growing businesses and creating opportunities for the people of Alabama is a process. I pledge to increase opportunities for the people of Alabama today and for generations to come. I am honored to announce that Toyota and Mazda has selected Alabama as home of their new production plant.”

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Kimber to open firearms manufacturing facility in Troy

January 11, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced during her Tuesday’s State of the State speech that Kimber Manufacturing Inc., a leading U.S. firearms manufacturer, has finalized plans to open a production facility in Troy, Alabama, where it will create 366 jobs and invest $38 million into the local economy over the next five years.

“News of our economic successes seem to be a daily occurrence,” Gov. Ivey said. “In fact, I am proud to announce this evening that Kimber Firearms will build a $38 million dollar production facility in Troy, bringing with it 366 new jobs! These are good, high-paying jobs, and will enable more of our citizens to provide for their families while taking part in the rich history of the Second Amendment. We are proud and honored to welcome Kimber to Alabama! This announcement and countless others like it make one thing clear: what we are doing is working, and as a result, the people of Alabama are working and providing for their families.”

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Opinion | Legislators should not ignore infrastructure, education and jobs just because it is an election year

January 11, 2018

By Rep. Craig Ford

The legislative session began this week and, by all accounts, it’s expected to be an uneventful year. The only goal lawmakers seem to have is to pass the budgets and go home.

But there is a lot of work that can and ought to be done instead of just kicking the can down the road for the next legislature.

Beyond the typical budget issues, there’s a lot of unfinished business involving our infrastructure, healthcare, education and jobs that we need to address – and all of these issues go hand-in-hand.

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President Trump signs Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

December 26, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, December 22, 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, HR1, into law.  Republicans almost universally applauded the plan.

“It has truly been a great week! Between passing pro-growth tax reform and learning that the 187th Fighter Wing in Montgomery landed the F-35 program, we have a lot to celebrate both in Alabama and across the country,” Congresswoman Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, said.  “I am so glad that my children, Margaret and George, had a holiday break from school and were able to experience the excitement in Washington this week. They were with me at the White House to celebrate passage of our tax reform plan, and I am so thankful they witnessed this historic moment firsthand. As 2017 comes to a close, we have a lot to be excited about!”

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Alabama Unemployment drops to record low 3.5 percent

December 22, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced Friday that Alabama’s preliminary seasonally adjusted November unemployment rate set a new record low of 3.5 percent, down from October’s previous record-setting rate of 3.6 percent, and well below November 2016’s rate of 6.2 percent.

November’s rate represents 75,807 unemployed persons, also a new record low, compared to 77,231 in October and 136,135 in November 2016. More people were counted as employed in November, with 2,087,667 people working, up from 2,079,720 in October, and 40,152 more than in November 2016, when 2,047,515 were counted as employed.

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The F-35s are coming to Montgomery

December 22, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson announced that the Alabama Air National Guard’s 187th Fighter Wing has been chosen as the home for the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Jet.

“I am thrilled and very pleased that the 187th Fighter Wing has been chosen as the home for the new F-35 fighter jet,” Gov. Kay Ivey said. “This announcement is huge for the River Region, it is huge for Alabama and is certainly a welcome gift for us as we approach Christmas. The decision to send the F-35 to Montgomery is a testament to the quality of our people and our workforce, and further cements Alabama’s reputation as the leading aerospace state in the nation.”

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Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passes

December 21, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the final version of HR1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Following passage, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey released a statement supporting the passage of “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.”

“American families know best how to spend their hard-earned dollars, not politicians in Washington,” Ivey said. “I am thankful both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate have passed historic tax reform legislation, and I look forward to President Trump signing it into law. Simplifying the tax code while cutting taxes will bring much needed relief to Alabama families, will help our businesses grow and will prove to be a boon for our economy.”

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Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passes House but re-vote is needed

December 20, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, HR1, passed the U.S. House of Representatives.

Congressman Bradley Byrne, R-Montrose, voted in favor of the bill, which represents the first major overhaul of our tax code since 1986. Byrne says the bill’s passage will result in lower taxes and a stronger American economy. Byrne said that the average family of four in Southwest Alabama will see their tax bill decrease by $2,187.

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Congress could vote on final tax reform bill as early as today

December 19, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Congress is on the verge of passing the largest tax reform package since 1986, slashing corporate and individual tax rates for most Americans. Congressman Bradley Byrne, R-Montrose, said that the reform package will grow the economy and create more jobs if passed.

“We are on the cusp of something truly historic: tax cuts and tax reform for the first time since 1986. Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Americans will get to keep more of their hard-earned money in their pockets instead of having to hand it over to the federal government. Our tax reform plan will also grow the economy, resulting in more jobs and higher wages,” Rep. Byrne said in a statement.

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Changing times require a commitment to Alabamians

December 14, 2017

By Dr. Jim Purcell

It wasn’t so long ago that a young person in Alabama could stake their claim as a middle-class citizen based upon a strong back, perseverance and the intensity of their work ethic. However, technology, automation and complex machinery have eliminated many of the jobs that required repetitious activity and pure human muscle.

Overall, this change in the nature of the workplace has yielded many positive things, such as less workplace injuries, greater quality products, and lower prices for consumers. Consequently, it does force us, as a society, to rethink how we educate our youth and how we retrain our existing workforce for the modern economy. The workplace for our children will be vastly different than previous generations.

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