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April 4, 2022 Group Watch: Gov. Transfers $276M In ARPA Funds For Broadband Expansion

Governor Ivey announced that the state’s portion of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding designated for broadband expansion has successfully been transferred to the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA). By way of a memorandum of understanding, ADECA will be the state agency that oversees the administration of the

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April 4, 2022 Group Watch: Tenax Plans $1M in Upgrades, New Jobs At Conecuh Co. Plant

Tenax Corp. plans to invest $1 million in improvements and new production machinery at its manufacturing facility in Evergreen, where it has operated for three decades. Tenax will create 8-12 new jobs tied to a new initiative to make the Evergreen facility more efficient and environmentally friendly. The project is

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April 4, 2022 Group Watch: Alabama’s Innovation Economy Sees Strength In Inclusion

Alabama’s innovation economy will not reach its full potential unless it is inclusive. That was the message from Alabama Director Bill Poole who chairs the board of the Alabama Innovation Corporation. Poole said the innovation economy needs input from women and other groups to ensure that all ideas are being

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March 28, 2022 Group Watch: News & Views from the State House

A lot of funding legislation got passed the week before last (and the legislature was out for Spring Break last week.) The House passed the General Fund Budget and appropriations bills to fund the Children First Trust Fund and the Coalition Against Domestic Violence. It also passed the bill that will give a 4-percent

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March 28, 2022 Group Watch: Tweet of the Week

@alabamapolicy March 22 Casinos are illegally operating in our state, so let’s reward the operators with a monopoly i.e. SB293/SB294 #alpolitics #stopcasinocorruption #StopTheCartel

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March 28, 2022 Group Watch: Legislature Day-by-Day, Play-by-Play

Tuesday, 22nd day of regular session:  The House State Government Committee approved a bill to prohibit the teaching of certain concepts relating to race, sex or religion in certain training. The House passed the General fund budget for most state agencies as well as accompanying appropriations bills to provide for a 4-percent raise for state workers, a

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March 28, 2022 Group Watch: Senate Approves Increased Tax Credit for Scholarships

The Alabama Senate passed a bill amending the Alabama Accountability Act of 2013 to increase the income tax credit that can be claimed by an Alabama taxpayer. Since the passage of the original legislation in 2013, more than $176 million has been raised from the private sector to provide for educational

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March 28, 2022 Group Watch: Session Is Winding Down But Still Work to Do

There are only seven legislative days left in the 2022 regular session, and with plenty of work to do, both the House and Senate will need every bit of the time left. Two big items still in limbo are both the education and general fund budgets. The gambling bills are not

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March 28, 2022 Group Watch: Bella+Canvas Announces Major Investment In Alabama

Bella+Canvas, a fast-growing apparel manufacturer with a “made in the U.S.A.” focus, plans a major investment in Alabama to open an advanced fabric-cutting facility expected to create more than 550 jobs in Wetumpka. The Los Angeles-based company will invest $11.9 million to establish the operation in a portion of an 890,000-square-foot building

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March 28, 2022 Group Watch: Mercedes-Benz Opens Alabama Battery Plant

Mercedes-Benz has opened its Bibb County electric vehicle battery plant ahead of the automaker’s planned start of production for all-electric SUVs. The company also marked the occasion by announcing another battery plant in the United States and setting an ambitious goal to go all-electric by 2030, as market conditions allow. It is the

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