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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Bill filed to combine state’s two main funds

A north Alabama lawmaker has pre-filed legislation that would combine the state’s tax revenues into one fund, and then divvy the money up among the General Fund and Education Trust Fund. The bill from Sen. Paul Sanford, R-Huntsville, would create the Alabama Recurring Revenue Fund. Revenue that currently flows into the General Fund and Education Trust Fund would be diverted to it. – Decatur Daily

Todd: Marital fidelity remark yielded death threats

Rep. Patricia Todd (D-Birmingham) expanded on the threat she made over the weekend in a Facebook update to out marital infidelities of straight anti-gay politicians who threatened to derail marriage equality in the state. “It’s pretty common knowledge in Montgomery that legislators have had affairs with different people [working for them]…clerks, office staff, that sort of thing.” She also said the response to her threat has both “shut down” the rhetoric and, alarmingly, also inspired “death threats” against her. – Huffington Post

United Launch Alliance contract now at $4B

United Launch Alliance, a joint venture between Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), has received a $383 million contract modification to deliver additional launch vehicle production services to the U.S. Air Force. The modification also brings the total contract value to $4.08 billion. ULA will perform the work in Colorado, Alabama, Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida through August 2017. – GovConWire.com

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McUsury Land

McUsury Land

Alabama has four times as many payday lenders as McDonald’s restaurants and more title loan lenders, per capita, than any other state. Reformers hope 2015 is the year they finally put a cap on the 300 to 456 percent interest rates allowed to Alabama’s payday and title lenders.

A Business Model for Organic Farming

A Business Model for Organic Farming

Organic hothouse vegetables are the value-added wave of the future in farming, says 68-year-old Selma businessman Don Chamberlain. His Southern Fresh Produce Initiative sells a turnkey operation designed to fit on one acre.

2014 in Review

2014 in Review

State’s business news full of action film ingredients — guns, fast cars and shadowy intrigue.

How to Cook Up a $28 Million Franchise

How to Cook Up a $28 Million Franchise

The founder of one of America’s fastest growing restaurant chains, Birmingham-based Taziki’s, started at a Kmart cafeteria and stuck with what he loved — “working with my hands and making customers happy.”

State of the Uninsured

State of the Uninsured

As state Medicaid overhaul nears completion, Gov. Bentley stands pat on not expanding coverage. Meanwhile, the uninsured still check in to emergency rooms, and hospitals get reimbursed 75 percent less for treating them.

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Flashback: Chip Carter, Grits and Economic Development

Flashback: Chip Carter, Grits and Economic Development

Spotlight on Montgomery County

Spotlight on Montgomery County

Long Road to Tax Fairness

Long Road to Tax Fairness

Passed in the last session, the Tax Fairness Act was the product of years of legislative evolution. Small business played a big part, scaling back outsized reform.

Uncommon Agreement

Uncommon Agreement

Nationally, it runs along a conservative fault line across the 2016 presidential election. In conservative Alabama, it stitches tight the often disparate politics of business and education. Just don’t call it “Common Core.”

Company Kudos, January 2015

Company Kudos, January 2015

A month of achievements in Alabama business

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