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 13, 2007

About Alabama — Municipal Government

There are more than 450 cities and towns in Alabama, and 60 percent of the state’s residents live within their boundaries. An even greater ... [READ MORE]

August 9, 2007

About Alabama — Alabama’s transportation system

Alabama’s state and local governments maintain facilities that enable Alabamians to travel by land, air and water. Six percent of our governments’ ... [READ MORE]

July 12, 2007

About Alabama — Public Safety

Providing for public safety is a basic duty of government. Eight percent of all state and local government expenditures in Alabama are directed ... [READ MORE]

June 14, 2007

About Alabama — Health Care Issues

Personal health is a key issue for Alabamians and their governments. Health risks are generally high in Alabama, and more than a fourth of all ... [READ MORE]

May 10, 2007

About Alabama — A public enterprise

One of every $5 spent by Alabama governments goes to educate the state’s 740,000 public school students. The schools, providing kindergarten ... [READ MORE]

April 12, 2007

About Alabama — Tax revenues growing

Alabama has had more economic success in recent years than ever before. Unemployment has been at record lows, and the state’s personal income ... [READ MORE]