Exciting news on the economic front

January 17, 2018

By U.S. Rep. Martha Roby

Regardless of what is dominating the news cycle on any given day, the economy is always an issue on the minds of hardworking Alabamians. The ability to get and keep a job in order to provide for your family is so important. That is why the President, Congress, and local leaders in Alabama have made growing the economy a top priority.

There is a lot of exciting news happening on the economic front both nationally and locally. America’s economy is growing faster than even analysts could predict. Alabama is one of thirteen states that have reached a record low unemployment rate, the stock market is at an all-time high, and the U.S. dollar continues to climb.
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State Rep. Danny Garrett will seek re-election

January 11, 2018

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

State Rep. Danny Garrett, R-Tussville, will seek re-election this year.

Garrett filed qualifying papers this week with the Alabama Republican Party to run for another term representing House District 44. Garrett, who was first elected in 2014, currently represents part of Jefferson County including Trussville, Clay and parts of Pinson.

Garrett has served as a member of the influential House Ways and Means education budget committee, which oversees drafting of the Education Trust Fund budget; the Education Policy Committee; the Small Business and Commerce Committee; and the newly created Fiscal Responsibility Committee.

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Ivey proclaims Small Business Saturday

November 24, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed a proclamation formally declaring November 25 as Small Business Saturday in Alabama. Small Business Saturday is designed to celebrate and support small businesses and the impact it has on Alabama communities. The Friday after Thanksgiving, historically, is the largest shopping day of the year, but most of that business goes to big box stores.

“Small Business Saturday is a wonderful opportunity for Alabamians to support local businesses on the first Saturday after Thanksgiving,” Ivey said. “Small businesses have long been recognized as the economic engine for job growth, economic stability and preserving neighborhoods across Alabama and the nation.”

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Byrne, Roby and Aderholt comment on release of tax reform bill

November 3, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
AlabamaPolitical Reporter

Thursday, the U.S. House Republican caucus unveiled The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which they claim will fundamentally reform the tax code for the first time since 1986.

U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Montrose, issued a statement in response to the introduction.

“Tax reform has the potential to make America boom again, and it starts with putting more money in the pockets of hardworking Americans,” Byrne said. “The current tax code is too complicated and confusing, benefiting the elite while making things harder for American families. It is time for a fairer and simpler tax code that supports new jobs right here in the United States. This is going to be a process, and the bill released today is just a starting point. I encourage everyone to visit FairAndSimple.gop to read the plan and then welcome your feedback and ideas.”

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Shelby says budget passage in Senate first step toward tax reform

October 24, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Report

Friday, U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., praised the Senate’s passage of a budget resolution.

“Last night’s Senate passage of the budget resolution is a critical step toward pro-growth tax reform,” Shelby said in a statement. “Congress now has the opportunity to advance a comprehensive tax overhaul that will shift the nation’s economic landscape and provide relief to middle-class families. Hard-working Alabamians deserve to keep more of their hard-earned money. Passing this budget puts us one step closer to achieving that goal.”

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Congressman Byrne’s Save Local Business Act approved out of committee

October 6, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, the Committee on Education and the Workforce today approved legislation from Congressman Bradley Byrne, R-Montrose, to clarify what constitutes a “joint employer” to provide certainty and stability for workers and job creators.

Congressman Byrne’s bill, the Save Local Business Act, was approved out of committee on a 23 to 17 vote. The bill currently has 95 co-sponsors, including bipartisan support from three Democrats.

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Roby: Tax reform represents a “tremendous opportunity to move this country ahead”

October 2, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, September 28, 2017, Congressional Republicans unveiled their highly-anticipated tax reform plan. U.S. Representative Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, attended the House GOP summit to discuss the joint House, Senate, and White House plan to overhaul the nation’s complicated tax code. Roby explained the basics of the tax reform legislation set to be considered in the House over the next few weeks.  Roby said that tax reform represents a tremendous opportunity to move this country ahead and will allow you to keep more of your money.

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Will Barfoot running for State Senate

June 28, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, June 27, 2017, Montgomery attorney, Charles Williamson “Will” Barfoot, announced that he is running for the Republican nomination for the District 25 seat in the Alabama State Senate.

Barfoot said in a statement, “We can’t continue to elect career politicians and then be surprised when our problems get worse, not better.  I am running to bring fresh ideas and a new approach to problem-solving to the Alabama Senate. Some people say my ideas are out of the box thinking but I think they are just a combination of good common sense and applying tried and true conservative business principles to the Legislature.”
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Individuals and small businesses need some help

February 27, 2017

By State Rep. Tim Wadsworth

Individuals and small businesses are suffering from a continual increase in taxes, fees, dues, payments, charges, levies, tolls, licenses, tariffs, regulations and anything else that requires money to come out of your pocket. The drain of the pocket book on the Alabamians has got to be reversed. What comes from the Alabama Capitol Building and State House are outflows of monies. It is time to reverse that trend by passing HB303 (Reducing State Sales Tax) and HB302 (Reducing Corporate Income Taxes).
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Byrne wants new joint employer rule changed

December 15, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, December 14, 2016, US Representative Bradley Byrne (R from Montrose) wrote an editorial in the “Hill” urging Congress to act to block potentially crippling new National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) regulations that potentially could hurt businesses using the franchise model.

Congressman Byrne said in a statement on social media, “What we learned after the 2016 election is that the working people of our country feel at best ignored and at worst forgotten by their government. Sadly, working families are drowning in government regulations and mandates that make life harder for them. This is certainly the case with the new “joint employer” standard from the National Labor Relations Board. The new “joint employer” standard directly threatens the livelihoods of thousands of American workers – the very people who feel the government is leaving them behind. According to FRANdata, an independent franchise-information firm, an estimated 600,000 American jobs, from more than 40,000 different businesses, could either be lost or not created within the franchise industry because of the joint employer ruling. Congress must act to get rid of this flawed standard that will make things harder for American workers.”
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