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.

April 15, 2010

About Alabama — Health Care Reform Issues for Alabama

The national health care reform act has been signed into law. It requires individuals to have health coverage and calls for their employers to ... [READ MORE]

March 11, 2010

About Alabama — Encouraging Smart Budgeting in Alabama’s Governments

Spring is budget time for Alabama’s state and local governments. The state budget has been under development since last fall and should be ... [READ MORE]

February 11, 2010

About Alabama — Is Gambling Illegal in Alabama?

Section 65 of the Alabama Constitution prohibits the Legislature from authorizing “lotteries or gift enterprises for any purposes” and requires ... [READ MORE]

January 14, 2010

About Alabama — Alabama’s Population Shows Modest Growth

Estimates recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau show that Alabama’s population has grown by 6 percent since the 2000 Census. With 4.7 ... [READ MORE]

December 10, 2009

About Alabama — How Alabama’s Taxes Compare

A state’s tax system should provide adequate and stable funding of services with fair and balanced impact on taxpayers. Alabama’s taxes fall ... [READ MORE]

November 12, 2009

About Alabama — Improving State-County Relations

Alabama is not a “home rule” state. The relationship of the state government to cities, counties and local school systems is basically that ... [READ MORE]