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.


December 8, 2011

About Alabama — Homegrown Alabama

Chances are that most people who read this column are “homegrown” Alabamians. An estimated 70 percent of those who live in the state today ... [READ MORE]

November 10, 2011

About Alabama — Home Rule and the Alabama Constitution

A state constitution provides the framework within which governmental decisions are made. Some decisions affect the whole state and should be ... [READ MORE]

October 13, 2011

About Alabama — Alabama’s Sales Taxes

In broad terms, governments levy three types of taxes to raise revenue. They tax • what we own (property taxes), • what we earn (income taxes) ... [READ MORE]

September 8, 2011

About Alabama — Measuring School Performance

How well are the public schools in your community doing? Whether you are a student, teacher, parent or citizen, you have a stake in the answer ... [READ MORE]

August 11, 2011

About Alabama — Balancing the Federal Budget

The federal government has spent more than it has taken in during 44 of the last 50 years. The last balanced budgets occurred in the four-year ... [READ MORE]

July 14, 2011

About Alabama — Bringing Jobs to Alabama

Alabama’s unemployment rate in May stood at 9.6 percent, slightly higher than a year earlier and well above the national rate of 9.1 percent. ... [READ MORE]

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