• 90°

Sen. Holtzclaw speaks at luncheon

Sen. Bill Holtzclaw presented a speech at Thursday's Madison Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon.

Senator Bill Holtzclaw was the guest speaker at Thursday’s Madison Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon. The topic was how to enable business opportunities in Alabama.

“First of all, I realize the importance of what you do. You are the small business owners,” Holtzclaw said. “I recognize the importance of having a relationship with you.”

He said only businesses, not the government, can grow the economy.

He began by explaining what the state legislature has done during the most recent session. He touched on a few of the pro-business bills they passed.

One of them is the Healthcare Incentive Bill for Small Businesses and Their Employees.

“It allows small businesses and their employees to deduct 200 percent in the amount that you pay for healthcare premiums from your state income tax,” Holtzclaw said. “The intent of it is that we recognize that healthcare costs are rising and we want you to continue to draw a great employee base, but we also recognize that comes with additional costs of providing those premiums and those opportunities.”

He said the bill is a way to help counter some of those costs.

The next bill discussed was the Full Employment Act of 2011. Holtzclaw reminded the crowd that Gov. Robert Bentley pledged not to take a salary until the state comes down to match the average unemployment rate nationwide.

He said the bill allows the state to offer a $1,000 tax credit for companies who hire workers directly off the unemployment line.

Another bill discussed is the Made in Alabama Job Incentives Act.

“This act was the brainchild of people like you,” Holtzclaw explained.

The act allows the state to offer a temporary state income tax incentive to offset tariff costs for international companies bringing jobs to the state.

He also said he believes the immigration law is pro-business.

“I firmly believe that there are some businesses in our state that are operating on unlevel playing fields,” Holtzclaw said.

He said the businesses hiring illegal immigrants have an opportunity for a larger profit margin.

As a side note, he mentioned two constitutional amendments that citizens will have the opportunity to vote on in November 2012. One is going to ensure that Alabama remains a Right to Work state. The other will prohibit forced participation in a national healthcare system.

Holtzclaw serves as the chair of the Legislative Oversight for Contract Review.

“I became increasingly concerned as I watched these contracts when these contracts were awarded and with how they were awarded,” Holtzclaw explained.

In a report to be released Aug. 4, 2011, contracts approved over the last six months have been released.

“I was concered about the number of dollars that were awarded in contracts that were rolling out of state,” Holtzclaw said.

Contracts have been granted to 332 personal service contracts within the past six months. Those contracts combined were worth $88.4 million. While only 59 of those contracts were granted out of state, those 59 contracts make up $44 million of that money given. So half of the contract money is going out of state, Holtzclaw explained. $40 million of that are state dollars from taxpayer money.

“I know we have the capability to do these contracts,” Holtzclaw said. “I know we have the capability to do this work.”

He said it will be his drive to fix that.

Bob Jones High School

CMSgt. Ellis Clark awarded title of Drill Master

Events

Huntsville Botanical Garden and UAH partner for Shakespeare in the Garden

Madison

Chess league honors Epling as ‘Coach of the Year’

Harvest

Luna Koi to bring its vibe to ‘Sounds of Summer’

Bob Jones High School

Seeing students as rewards, Word selected Midtown’s ‘Teacher of the Year’

Huntsville

Pre-K Center selects Parameswaran as top teacher

Discovery Middle School

Robotics team, Say Watt!?!, takes FIRST LEGO awards in California

Harvest

TARCOG lands $1.5-million grant from EPA for cleanup

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Mental Skills Coach Assists Team To National Championship Game- Roger Kitchen Builds Character

Bob Jones High School

Journey welcomes Ben Smith as Assistant Principal, Athletic Director

Madison

Chandrakasem, Koswoski excel in DAR essay contests

Harvest

American Legion, VFW to retire flags on Flag Day

Madison

Stundtner proves skills as Midtown’s ‘Staff Member of the Year’

James Clemens High School

Guo, Mysore, Saha dominate awards at regional, state science fairs

Harvest

Madison Hospital names Brandon Jones ‘Employee of the Year’

Bob Jones High School

MCS to present ‘Youth Mental Health First Aid’ sessions

Digital Version

Digital version of The Madison Record – June 12, 2024

Events

Annual Juneteenth Festival returns to Big Spring Park Saturday

Bob Jones High School

Braden Booth Named Mr. Baseball, Super All-State, Class 7A All-State

Harvest

Low-key races (on foot and couch) pivotal for Rotary’s ‘Parrots 0.5K’

Bob Jones High School

Mill Creek names Deberry as outstanding staff employee

Bob Jones High School

Madison Public Library readies for Summer Reading experience

James Clemens High School

Moore honored as ‘Staff Member of the Year’ at James Clemens

Harvest

Madison City Community Orchestra to honor D-Day’s 80th anniversary

x