Baker leads Alabama Community College System into the future

November 15, 2017

By Steve Flowers
Inside the Statehouse

In March of this year, the Alabama Community College System took a giant leap forward when it brought on a giant in state government and one of Alabama’s preeminent leaders, Jimmy Baker, to be chancellor.

When you have a conversation with Chancellor Baker, he uses words that you do not normally hear in the same sentence, like, “exciting,” and, “community college.” He says it is an exciting time. For a myriad of reasons, across the state, community colleges and technical training have been viewed as second best when it comes to higher education options. Sit down with Chancellor Baker, and you will leave convinced that Alabama’s community colleges can do more to move the state forward than any other entity in the state.

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Alabama’s unemployment drops to a near ten-year low

August 21, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, August 17, 2017, Governor Kay Ivey (R) announced that Alabama’s preliminary, seasonally adjusted July unemployment rate is just 4.5 percent, which is, down from June’s rate of 4.6 percent, and well below July 2016’s rate of 5.8 percent.  July’s rate represents 96,251 unemployed persons, compared to 100,187 in June and 126,182 in July 2016.

Governor Ivey said, “This month, there are fewer people unemployed than there have been in nearly 10 years. This is most welcome news.  But even as our unemployment rate continues to decline, we must maintain our work to bring quality, high-paying, high-demand jobs to the State of Alabama. This is a goal I’m committed to, and I intend to continue doing just that.”

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Byrne votes to repeal Obama rule limiting states’ ability to drug test for unemployment benefits

February 16, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, February 14, 2017, US Representative Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose) announced that he voted in favor of overturning an Obama era regulation severely limiting the ability of states to drug test people receiving unemployment benefits.

Congressman Byrne said on social media, “I believe states should be able drug test people receiving unemployment benefits. What do you think? The House voted today to overturn a regulation that would limit the ability of states to drug test and revoke unemployment benefits of people on drugs. Drug testing those who receive government assistance makes sense and is the responsible thing to do. The Federal government certainly shouldn’t be blocking states from doing so.”
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Early picks show priorities of Trump administration

December 12, 2016
Bradley Byrne

By Congressman Bradley Byrne

Over the last few weeks, reporters with television cameras have stood watch in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York City to see who is coming and going from meetings with President-elect Donald Trump.

Most of the visitors are there to talk to the President-elect about opportunities to serve in his administration, and based on the announcements so far, it is safe to say that President-elect Trump is putting together a great team.
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Senator Sanford Says Merger of Departments of Industrial Relations with the Department of Labor Was Great Success

October 15, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama State Senator Paul Sanford (R) from Huntsville announced in a written statement Thursday that the merger of two state agencies shows efficiencies can be gained by consolidating state agencies without jeopardizing essential public services

Senator Sanford said, “Merging these two departments with similar functions was a common sense way to cut costs and operate more efficiently.  Governor Bentley deserves a great deal of credit for his commitment to right-sizing state government, as does the new Commissioner of the Department of Labor, Tom Surtrees, who has worked diligently to ensure a smooth transition.”
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