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Brooks attends depositions in lawsuit over congressional reapportionment

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Last Thursday, Congressman Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, announced that he was attending depositions of Census employees in the lawsuit that he and the State of Alabama have filed challenging congressional reapportionment based on the number of people who live in the U.S. Brooks and Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall (R) contend that it should be based instead on the number of citizens in the country.

“As part of the State of Alabama and my lawsuit against the Census Bureau’s practice of including illegal aliens in congressional apportionment, I attended a deposition today at the Department of Commerce. Alabama will lose a congressional seat and an electoral college vote if illegal aliens are included in the count for reapportionment of Congressional seats and electoral college votes,” Brooks said. “As such, the voting rights of Alabama citizens will be illegally diluted and the ‘one-man, one vote’ rights of Alabama citizens will be unconstitutionally denied. I’m fighting in court to ensure that doesn’t happen!”

The United States takes in more legal immigrants than any other nation in the world, with over 1.1 million legal immigrants entering this country legally each year. On top of that there are millions of illegal immigrants in this country. About half of those entered the country legally and then overstayed their visa.

If the reapportionment is based on the total population in each state, then states like Florida, Texas, and California who are more popular with immigrants will receive larger shares of the 435 Congressional seats when Congress reapportions after the 2020 Census. This will be at the expense of states like Alabama who have had a more difficult time recruiting legal and illegal immigrants. According to the American Immigration Council, 27 percent of the population of the State of California is foreign born. Of those approximately half have become naturalized citizens; but half of that number are non-citizens, many of them here in violation of our immigration laws.

Brooks and the State of Alabama contend that those states with higher numbers of non-citizens should not receive congressional reapportionment and the corresponding electoral college votes based off raw population. This case is presently in federal court.

Alabama has grown in the last decade, but not at the rate of the rest of the country. Most of the population growth in this country is due to immigration as the American birth rate has actually been in decline. Alabama presently has seven congressional districts. If the reapportionment is based on total population the state is expected to lose a congressional district in 2022 to six.

The population of the United States was 327.2 million in 2018. From 1955 to 2018 the U.S. population has doubled. The population of Alabama was 4.888 million persons in 2018. The Alabama population has doubled since 1922. The state has grown and is growing (about 14,750 a year since 2010), but not at the rate of the nation. Florida has 21.3 million people. Their population has doubled since 1981. Alabama was actually more populous than Florida was in 1950.

California’s population has doubled since 1969. Texas’s population has doubled since 1979. New York, on the other hand, is in the same predicament as Alabama. Their population actually dropped about 48,000 people from July 1 2017 to July 1, 2018, with almost 40,000 of those losses coming in New York City. New York has experienced much slower growth than Alabama over much of the twentieth century and will also lose a congressional district and possibly two in the next reapportionment. Florida surpassed New York in population in 2013 to become the third most populous state. Illinois is also expected to finish the decade with negative population growth and will lose a congressional seat.

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Congressman Mo Brooks is presently serving in his fifth term representing Alabama’s Fifth Congressional District.

 

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AlabamaWorks releases business survey to identify COVID-19 impact

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AlabamaWorks has announced a new tool for all businesses, large and small, related to the COVID-19 impact and future focus of the workforce in the state.

The Alabama COVID-19 Workforce Response Survey is designed to help the state fully understand the impact of this pandemic on the state’s workforce as well as provide a clear path forward for businesses, industry and state government.

“I am grateful to the Alabama Workforce Council for developing and deploying this much needed and user-friendly survey,” said Governor Kay Ivey. “As we work together to combat COVID-19’s impact, this tool will allow us to identify the needs of business and industry, resources that can help them and how we can best support Alabama’s businesses owners and hardworking Alabamians and their families.”

The official survey, which is critical for helping individual industry sectors recover from COVID-19, is available here: http://sm.aidt.edu/alabamaworks-survey.

“While these are challenging times, we fully understand that now, more than ever, business and industry leaders must continue to work together with Governor Ivey’s administration and various state agencies to move us all forward together,” noted Alabama Workforce Council Chairman Tim McCartney. “Rest assured there is an unwavering commitment to do everything we can to minimize the negative impact COVID-19 has on our businesses, our economy, the state and all of its citizens. Using the results from this survey, I know we can all make a difference in combating the challenges from this pandemic facing so many throughout Alabama.”

Responses to the survey will be accepted through Tuesday, April 21 at 5 p.m. All businesses are highly encouraged to participate as the responses will help to protect Alabama’s workforce, manage the impact of COVID-19 and guide the allocation of various resources.

Additionally, another tool was released earlier this week for hard-working Alabamians from Governor Ivey’s office to help connect people to resources and resources to people. ALtogetherAlabama.org is a one-stop-shop for all Alabamians meant to connect businesses, nonprofits, and people that need help with the available resources during this time.

For more information and resources on Alabama’s COVID-19 workforce recovery efforts please visithttps://alabamaworks.com/coronavirus/.

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Manufacture Alabama launches “Ask the Experts” webinar

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Ask the Experts: Employment Law Questions Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic is a new webinar being offered by Manufacture Alabama.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, disrupting the lives of everyone around our state, country, and the globe, employers are left with many questions and Manufacture Alabama wants to answer them.

Manufacture Alabama is the only trade association in the state dedicated exclusively to the competitive, legislative, regulatory, and operational interests and needs of manufacturers and their partner industries and businesses.

Manufacture Alabama has enlisted some of the top labor and employment attorneys in Alabama to bring you the first installment of a web series, ‘Ask the Experts.’ In the first installment, their experts will be answering your questions about implementing the new CARES Act Leave guidelines, and best practices for what to do if you have an employee test positive for COVID-19.

The attorneys will also be covering questions whether they are questions related to OSHA standards, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act or the impact of the CARES Act, or anything else labor or employment-related.

Manufacture Alabama also wants to hear stories of the changes manufacturers have experienced in the workplace as a result of the pandemic, and how businesses have changed day to day operations.

Send your questions and responses regarding these topics to [email protected] and stay tuned.

The webinar will be published Tuesday, April 14.

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Governor awards grant to encourage entrepreneurship

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Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded a $580,000 to give a lift to innovation and entrepreneurship in Alabama.

The grant to the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama will help support the Alabama Launchpad, a program that encourages entrepreneurship in the state and nurtures new businesses.

“Innovation is alive and well in Alabama, and now more than ever as we work to rise above the coronavirus pandemic, we need every resource and program available to regain our footing,” Gov. Ivey said. “This program is a true representation of the American and the Alabama spirit to beat the odds at a time when we need it most.”

The Alabama Launchpad supports annual business plan competitions and provides contacts and guidance in the business, banking and academic areas to help participating upstart businesses succeed.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grant from the Alabama Research Alliance Trust Fund. Interest earned by the trust fund supports projects pertaining to new technology and innovation.

Gov. Ivey notified Steve Sowell, EDPA vice president, that the grant had been approved.

ADECA administers a wide range of programs that support law enforcement, victim programs, economic development, water resource management, energy conservation and recreation.

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Lt. Gov. Ainsworth calls on churches, citizens to ring bells on Easter Sunday

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Most churches in Alabama will not hold public services on Easter Sunday in compliance with the state’s stay-at-home order.

“Join us in ringing your church bell or a bell at home this Easter to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus,” Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth posted on social media.

In remembrance of the holy day, Ainsworth began a social media movement #RingForTheResurrection asking churches and citizens across Alabama to ring bells at noon on Easter Sunday.

“Social distancing guidelines require us to remain apart from our extended families, church members, and other individuals on a sacred religious holiday that normally encourages us to gather together,” Ainsworth said.  “But I realized that the simple act of ringing a bell can allow us to remain physically distant while being united in spirit.”

“We can stand together in unity – even as we’re staying apart,” he further wrote.

“Matthew 28:6 proclaims the hope that lives with the resurrection of Christ,” wrote Ainsworth. “He is not here; He has risen, just as He said. Come and see the place where He lay.”

Ainsworth’s message is trending under #RingForTheResurrection

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus in Alabama, Ainsworth has been one of the state’s strongest and most active proponents of social distancing and self-isolation as a means to halt its spread, but he has also sought ways to bring the state’s citizens together even as they remain apart.

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“My wife, Kendall, our twin boys, Hunter and Hays, and our daughter, Addie, will be among those ringing a bell at noon on Sunday to celebrate the miracle of Easter,” Ainsworth said.  “While Gov. Ivey’s stay-at-home order, the public’s health and safety, and simple common sense prevent Christians from gathering in large groups even on the holiest of days, all of us can join together in spirit as we ring a bell to recognize that Christ has risen.”

 

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