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.

September 11, 2008

About Alabama — Alabama’s High Infant Death Rate

Alabama’s infant death rate climbed to 10 per 1,000 live births in 2007, the highest level since 1998. According to the state Health Department, ... [READ MORE]

August 14, 2008

About Alabama — Benefits from Oil, Gas Prices

They say there’s a silver lining in every dark cloud. Like all other Americans, Alabamians have to pay more when fuel prices rise as they have ... [READ MORE]

July 10, 2008

About Alabama — Children’s Health Care

  In the most recent assessment of state performance on children’s health issues, Alabama ranked 15th in the nation and first among all ... [READ MORE]

June 12, 2008

About Alabama — Evaluating the Legislature’s Performance

The Alabama Legislature adjourned its 2008 regular session May 19. The basic task of lawmakers is to complete the state budget, without which ... [READ MORE]

May 8, 2008

About Alabama — Looking at the Alabama Legislature

  Elections for office are at the heart of our form of government, and like 40 other states Alabama is committed to a “citizen legislature” ... [READ MORE]

April 10, 2008

About Alabama — Improving the Way Alabama Invests in Education

  The state’s education budget is in trouble. The Legislature authorized $6.7 billion in education spending for fiscal 2008, but the supporting ... [READ MORE]