About Alabama

Jim Williams, retired executive director of the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama, wrote for The Alabama Baptist for several years on state and municipal government issues in Alabama. Check out the archives of his articles below.

October 8, 2009

About Alabama — Roller Coaster Budget

Roller coasters are fun to ride in a theme park, but riding the ups and downs of the state’s roller coaster education budget is no laughing ... [READ MORE]

September 17, 2009

About Alabama — Reducing Alabama’s High School Dropout Rate

Those who drop out of high school before completing their diploma pay a terrible price in terms of lost earnings and limited opportunities for ... [READ MORE]

August 20, 2009

About Alabama — Alabama’s Together for Quality Health Care Initiative

A great debate is under way over health care in America. While we have access to the world’s most advanced medical treatment, the health care ... [READ MORE]

July 16, 2009

About Alabama — Maintaining Alabama’s Highways and Bridges

Alabamians have a large investment in highways and bridges. According to its latest financial report, the state of Alabama has almost $17 billion ... [READ MORE]

June 11, 2009

About Alabama — The Hidden Acts of the Legislature

The 2009 regular session of the Alabama Legislature adjourned May 15. According to the summary report on the Legislature’s Web site, lawmakers ... [READ MORE]

April 9, 2009

About Alabama — April: Tax Month

Many people associate April more with taxes than with rain showers. It is a good month to think about how much we pay, particularly in federal ... [READ MORE]