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 9, 2010

About Alabama — Seeking Less Unemployment

Recent federal statistical reports have brought news of progress in reducing unemployment in Alabama. While having a job remains at the top of ... [READ MORE]

November 11, 2010

About Alabama — Why Doesn’t the State Report Monthly on Its Budgets?

On Sept. 16, the governor reduced the state’s education budget by $113 million to keep it in balance. His “proration” order, which cut ... [READ MORE]

October 14, 2010

About Alabama — What Will Happen to State Budgets When the Federal Subsidies End?

Alabama’s state government operates out of two big budgets: one for education (the Education Trust Fund budget) and another for the remaining ... [READ MORE]

August 12, 2010

About Alabama — AYP Not Only Way for School Success

On Aug. 2, the Alabama Department of Education reported which public schools and school systems made and didn’t make adequate yearly progress ... [READ MORE]

July 15, 2010

About Alabama — Alabama is diversifying socially, economically

Alabama’s economy is becoming more interconnected globally. This will benefit the state in the long run, but Alabama also is diversifying socially, ... [READ MORE]

May 13, 2010

About Alabama — Exercise Your Right to Vote This Year

Anyone who watches TV realizes it is time to elect the state officials who will govern Alabama for the next four years. The primary election ... [READ MORE]