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 24, 2014

About Alabama — Improving Alabama’s Tax Bargain

In the 25 years that the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama has had its finger on the pulse of Alabama’s taxes, they have remained ... [READ MORE]

March 27, 2014

About Alabama — It’s Really Not A Trivial Matter

The other day, a colleague at Samford University asked me if Alabama’s constitution is still the longest in the country, which prompted me ... [READ MORE]

March 6, 2014

About Alabama — Importance of Workforce Development

Few states can match Alabama’s success in attracting new business investment during the past two decades. These results in industries ranging ... [READ MORE]

January 23, 2014

About Alabama — The Legislature Tackles Difficult State Budgets for 2015

The 2014 legislative session is now underway. Without a doubt, the most difficult task facing lawmakers will be to develop sound, balanced state ... [READ MORE]

January 2, 2014

About Alabama — Alabama’s First Class pre-kindergarten program

Students who participate as 4-year-olds in Alabama’s First Class pre-K program outperform their peers academically once they reach elementary ... [READ MORE]

November 28, 2013

About Alabama — 2013 National Test Results Show Little Change in State’s Rankings

This month, the National Center for Education Statistics issued the 2013 edition of The Nation’s Report Card, which compares test results in ... [READ MORE]