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05/16/2014 – Capitol Report From The Office Of Senator Roger Bedford – May 16th, 2014

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It was certainly a pleasure to participate in so many American Cancer Society Relay for Life events. I want to congratulate the literally thousands of volunteers and supporters throughout our Senate District. Once again Northwest Alabama came in strong supporting the fight against cancer. My wife Maudie, who thanks to God’s healing grace was cured from breast cancer, was the featured speaker at the Franklin County American Cancer Society Survivor Dinner. While Maudie is always nervous when speaking to the public, I thought she did an outstanding job and related directly to all of us cancer survivors and our care givers. So as someone who had a bone marrow transplant at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in January of 1990, I want to thank you personally because some of the early money used to develop bone marrow transplant procedures, came from the American Cancer Society. You never know how the dollars we are raising here locally might affect our friends and neighbors in a positive manner.

I want to thank Muscle Shoals High School’s new principal Chad Holden for taking the time to tour me through our fine Muscle Shoals High School. It was good to talk with the bright students and excellent facility they have there. The school lunch was also delicious.

I want to congratulate Lawrence County and the City of Hillsboro on recently landing 100 new jobs. The company IT-TRI LLC., plans to invest 68 million dollars to build a steel tubing and pipe manufacturing plant in Lawrence County at the Mallard Fox West Industrial Complex. I am proud to support the local and state officials in helping to locate these jobs in Lawrence County. They will help make up for some of the jobs lost with International Paper, who unfortunately pulled out of Lawrence County and shut down it’s operations. IT-TRI President Rick Werner, CEO\President of Independence Tube, said the company plans to begin operations by the end of 2014 and create 100 jobs before 2016. Werner stated the investment includes 29 million dollars for land and buildings, 38 million dollars for manufacturing and equipment and 1 million dollars for personal property and I believe this is a good solid investment in the future of Lawrence County and all of North Alabama.

It’s also a pleasure to congratulate the City of Russellville for obtaining a grant that I was glad to support which amounts to $977,000 for road work on Lawrence Street. As you know this important road runs in front of Innovative Hearth Products, IHP Plant, which we helped to locate this past year. It will employ about 250 new jobs in Russellville. This road expansion will help the plant to expand and I am proud to help create these new jobs.

Recently I was reviewing the progress on the sewer improvements in the town of Hackleburg. You will recall that we were able to obtain project grants after the destruction power of the tornado that hit us in 2011. I’m pleased to report to you that while instillation of the system does divert traffic and cause some problems for pedestrians, it will hopefully be in place as early as July but no longer than August of this year. This will help us keep jobs in the area as well as attract new jobs by having a new sewer system. As it comes to the some 200 local residents who will be available to tie on to the system, I hope that local water and sewer board will work with them to provide a fair agreement to those that decide not to hook up to the sewer system, so that hopefully they will not be charged for services not rendered.

I also want to extend congratulations to the individual athletes and teams that competed so well in Selma this past week. Many of our high school and individual athlete achievements were recognized at the state track meet because of their outstanding accomplishments. It takes a lot of hard work all season long, and often times in the off season to be able to compete at the state level. Once again, our local teams and athletes have made all of us proud.

While we are talking about some of the great schools in our District, it is my hope that Winfield will soon receive the official honor of becoming a Blue Ribbon School. The mound of paper work has now been completed and turned in and it is my hope that this school system will receive one of the highest honors for any school in America by being given the U.S. Department of Education’s Blue Ribbon School Award. We can all take pride in the great job in which our teachers and support personnel do in educating the work force as well as the leaders of the 21st Century.

When it comes to industrial development we have been fortunate to see the success generated in part by our local Economic Development Associations, it was my pleasure many years ago to help work to establish the C3 of Northwest Alabama Economic Development Alliance as well as the Franklin County Industrial Development Authority. By having full time local people on the ground 24\7 I believe it helps not only keep jobs here but attracts new jobs. Some good news as we have recently expanded the Economic Development marketing agent representing local governments throughout Marion, Lamar and Fayette County, as well as private individuals and members by adding the Honorable Ron Davis to the C3 staff as a part time Vice President of Business Development. He brings a great deal of business background to out C3 recruitment areas, specifically in the area of automotive production.

Thank you all for contacting me and please continue to do so at the following address(s)

Roger H. Bedford, Jr.

Alabama State House

11 S. Union Street, Suite 738
Montgomery, Alabama 36130
Phone 334-242-7862, Fax 334-242-9202
Russellville Office

P.O. Box 370

Russellville, Alabama 35653

Phone 256-332-6966 Fax 256-332-6967
Email: senbedford@aol.com

Website: http://www.RogerBedford.com

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01/27/2012 – Sen. Roger H. Bedford, Jr. – Capitol Report

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Sen. Roger H. Bedford, Jr.
Capitol Report for 1-27-2012

Senator Roger Bedford

I’m glad to report to you that the Alabama Department of Transportation will open bids for two important highway projects in Marion County on January 27th. The first project in Marion County will be a slide correction on State Road 4 , Corridor X, from mile post 15.9 to west of State Road 171 to Mile Post 26 at State Road 44.

The second Alabama Department of Transportation project is the resurfacing of State Road 4 , U.S. 78, from the East end of the bridge at State Road 44 to the West end of the bridge at State Road 129. These two projects, slide correction and resurfacing, will greatly aid in the transportation of goods and services to market as well as provide safer roads.

This past week I had a great opportunity to meet with many teachers and support personnel from throughout the Senate District. I enjoyed being with Representative Mike Millican at the meeting at Dolly’s Restaurant in Hamilton and at Taylor’s Restaurant with Representative Johnny Mack Morrow. It is clear from our direct discussions and talks with our class room teachers, support personnel and superintendents that we can not continue to cut educational funding in Alabama any further. We must do all we can to protect the resources that are dedicated to the education budget here in Alabama because we are investing in the future of our State. By educating our school children we are not only creating a world class work force but we also insure a brighter future for Alabama. One of the reasons we’ve been so successful in locating the auto industry, the giant steel mills of Tyson Crump, to the Alabama railcar plant which will now be leased by Navistar, is because of the quality of the work force that we have.

By combining the academic skills of our K – 12 program with workforce development we can specialize the skill sets necessary for not only current jobs, but jobs of the future. Our four year institutions are doing a good job preparing students for a broad field of employment as well.

We must not forget that 78% of all new jobs are created by existing industries that expand. So you may rest assured that I will continue to fight to see that we have a strong level of educational funding in Alabama and that we do not divert money away from educating our students to pay for health care for state inmates and prisoners. This is simply a bad idea.

This past week I also enjoyed meeting with the accountants, CPA’s, of Certified Financial Planners of Northwest Alabama. They gave us a comprehensive overview of their view of the economy and what we can do in the Legislature to help improve it.

When the new Super Majority Republican party took over they said they were going to change the way they did the budget process. So, for the first time in modern history the new GOP majority decided there will be no budget hearings before the beginning of the Legislative Session. What that means is, that the department heads and cabinet members as well as other concerned citizens and legislatures, will not have an opportunity to come before the Education Budget Committee or the General Fund Budget Committee to discuss an agency’s needs. When the new administration is looking at continuing proration ,as well as further cuts to much needed programs, it concerns me greatly. Rumor is that Governor Bentley and the new leadership is planning on cutting over 100 million dollars more out of Medicaid. This is an idea that would hurt seniors and children throughout Alabama. During tough times we should make sure that our priorities are correct and I believe fulfilling the health care needs of Alabama seniors as well as our children should be priorities. The Alabama Medicaid budget , as you know, is matched with Federal dollars on almost a two and a half to one basis. Therefore , for every hundred million of State dollars that is cut, about two hundred and fifty million of Federal dollars is lost. Medicaid is an important part of the economy , our Senate District and throughout the State of Alabama ,as this is where fees and services for doctors, pharmacies, hospitals as well as nursing home care comes from. 78% of all nursing home beds are paid for through Medicaid dollars, and approximately 40% of the children in Alabama get their health care through Medicaid dollars. One in two live births in Alabama is paid for with Medicaid dollars. Our rural hospitals can not continue to receive cuts in funding and expect to be able to deliver the top quality of care which we want for our neighbors and family members during times of illness.

So, I urge all of you to keep a sharp eye out for the budget acts that must be coming in this new budget. For the first time ever they will not be able to be aired out publically for the beginning of the Legislative session. As budget chairman ,for years I upheld these hearings so that we might have accountability and transparency in the budgets. When the tax payers have an opportunity to study the facts and figures as well as the proposed increases and decreases they too can help us make informed decisions on what Alabama spending priorities should be.

As you know, upgrading the quality and caliber of law enforcement has been a long time goal of mine. We are fortunate to have many fine law enforcement officials and first responders in our Senate District and throughout Alabama. We saw how important this was last April, and it will continue to be in the future. As such ,I’m proud to inform you that we have been able to secure an Alabama Department of Homeland Security grant to Fayette County in the amount of $20,876.52. This will enable Fayette County to further upgrade its interoperable and emergency communications systems. These projects will range from reprogramming of existing equipment, meeting FCC Narrowbanding rules, and purchasing new communications equipment to further help serve our communities.

On February 2nd Hospice of the Shoals will celebrate its 20th Anniversary by participating in Alabama Gives Day from 1 p.m to 5 p.m. The Hospice organizations throughout our State and Senate District do such a good job in providing compassionate, loving care to people who have terminal illness so they can live whatever time they have left with comfort, dignity and the highest quality of life.

I hope 2012 is proving to be a prosperous and healthy new year for everyone and as always if I can be of service to you please do not hesitate to call me.

Roger H. Bedford, Jr.
Alabama State House
11 S. Union Street, Suite 738
Montgomery, Alabama 36130

Phone:  334-242-7862
Fax:  334-242-9202

Russellville Office
P.O. Box 370
Russellville, Alabama 35653

Phone:  256-332-6966
Fax:  256-332-6967

Email:  senbedford@aol.com
Website:  www.RogerBedford.com

09/23/2011 Senator Roger Bedford, Capitol Report, September 23rd, 2011

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Senator Roger Bedford, Capitol Report, September 23rd, 2011

Congratulations goes to Phillips Elementary School Principle David Pruitt and his staff that has secured a $125,000 21st Century Grant. This is program as you may know is provided by Federal funds by a grant program known officially as The 21st Century Community Learning Center’s Grant. This is a multi year grant that will provide $125,000 annually through the next three years starting when the physical year starts on October 1st. As you may know Marion County has previously secured two other 21st Century Community Learning Center Grants with Winfield receiving a school grant for $150,000 annually while the Guin Elementary grant was for $125,000 annually. This is an example of how persistence with these programs dollars can be obtained from the Federal Government that can make a difference in our local school systems. I believe these programs will help benefit our fine school children and prepare them for the jobs of the 21st century. We also continue to see some encouraging signs of the economy beginning to turn around here locally and state wide. Recently the Marion County Board of Education reported that sales tax revenue was up by $55,000 in FY211. I hope that we can continue new jobs in our area as well as allowing under employed people to obtained better paying jobs so that additional tax revenues will be generated by people earning more money and having the ability to buy locally thus generating sales and income tax for our schools.

This past week John Cooper the Director of the Alabama Department of Transportation for Governor Bentley toured our Senate District. We attempted to show him as many highway projects and improvements that are greatly needed as we could. As always the Director pointed out that they had no money to help but we all know that they do have money and can spend it where it is most needed. So we tried to explain to him how much our highway needs were and the facts that it would lead to more economic development and growth , creating jobs as well as make our roads safer for school buses and regular citizens. So I want to encourage each of you to come out on Tuesday , October 4th, from 5 p.m to 7 p.m at the Hackleburg Town Hall located at 314 1st Avenue ,Hackleburg Alabama to comment favorable on the need for a new bridge between Hamilton and Hackleburg. This will be a public evolvement meeting for project designated as BR – 0017 ( 516 ) which is a bureaucratic name for the relocation and replacement of the bridge on State Road 17 ( US – 43 ) in the vicinity of North Fork Creek. This bridge has needed replacing for some time now and it’s important for each of us to show our support for a new bridge and making this road safer.
I recently had the privilege of attending the 2011 Chairman’s dinner of the Business Council of Alabama in Birmingham. George W. Bush former two term President was the guest speaker. I appreciated Fred McCallum for inviting me to join his lovely wife and him at their table.

While you could argue that George W. Bush was using this occasion , as I’m sure he is around the country not only to raise money through speaking fees, but to tell his verison of the history of his Presidency I found it most interesting and enjoyable. The best part of the evening was when a former class mate of mine from the University of Alabama the honorable Will Brooke who is currently serving as President of the Business Council of Alabama do a question and answer session with the former President. He talked not only about the hardships of 9-11 but also the personal experiences of his father having been President and then himself. He also talked about the transition from public life in the White House to a semi-private life as a former President. It was a rare insight into the mind and thoughts of a gentlemen who had served our country both as Governor of Texas and two terms as the President of the United States.

It was also a pleasure to speak with Fred McCallum about Dave Hargrove work with the Mayor and City Council of Red Bay to extend 3G cell phone coverage into Red Bay. I’m proud to say that we now have full 3G coverage there and I hope we will soon have it throughout the entire Senate District. AT&T is currently in the process of erecting over 100 new 3G towers throughout Alabama.

This past Thursday night my Assistant Amanda Hovater, our great friend Kathryn Robinson, Owner of Cherry Tree Lane Bridal and Formal Boutique and myself had the honor of Judging the Sulligent Old Fashion Day Beauty Pageant. This was their Second Annual pageant and they had a remarkable turnout. The delicious meal and beautiful outdoor harvest setting made for a perfect evening. It was obvious a lot of hard work and time had been put into making the event one Sulligent can be very proud of. The girls were all lovely and did a wonderful job in the pageant. Congratulations to all the contestants and the winners and a big thank you to all of those who made the event a great success.

With football season in full force I hope you are all enjoying the cooler weather while cheering for your favorite team.

As always if I can ever be of any assistance to you please contact me at the following

Alabama State House

11 S. Union Street, Suite 730

Montgomery, Alabama 36130

Phone 334-242-7862 , Fax 334-424-4736

Russellville Office

P.O. Box 370

Russellville, Alabama 35653

Phone 256-332-6966 Fax 256-332-6967

Email: senbedford@aol.com

Website: http://www.senatorrogerbedford.com

Written by 49 County News.Net

October 3, 2011 at 12:19 PM

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