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.

March 12, 2009

About Alabama — Reforming Jefferson County’s Government

The critical problems of Jefferson County’s government have received statewide attention for months. Its sewer system is deeply in debt, and ... [READ MORE]

February 12, 2009

About Alabama — Proration Not Popular

Proration is the process of across-the-board cutbacks mandated by Alabama law to resolve shortfalls during the state’s budget year. The state’s ... [READ MORE]

January 15, 2009

About Alabama — The State Budget Dilemma

The state of Alabama has a budget for public education services and another, the General Fund budget, for most other services. Spending is limited ... [READ MORE]

December 11, 2008

About Alabama — Alabama Officials Partner to Reduce Highway Deaths

In the 15 years from 1991 through 2005, an average of 1,073 people died in crashes on Alabama’s highways. The death toll peaked in 2006 at ... [READ MORE]

November 13, 2008

About Alabama — Wanted: Service Partners

Alabama’s state prisons house more than 25,300 inmates but were designed to hold only 13,400. Severe overcrowding, therefore, represents a ... [READ MORE]

October 16, 2008

About Alabama — The Nov. 4 General Election

On Nov. 4, Alabamians will participate in a nationwide election for the president and vice president. We also will vote on five state officials ... [READ MORE]