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.

October 24, 2013

About Alabama — Do Low Taxes Produce Efficient Government?

A recent Census Bureau report shows that Alabama remains the lowest-taxing state in the U.S. Tax collections in 2011 — both state and local ... [READ MORE]

September 26, 2013

About Alabama — Potential Dividends from More High School Graduates

By the year 2020, 90 percent of students should be graduating on time from Alabama high schools, under a goal adopted in 2012 by the State Board ... [READ MORE]

August 22, 2013

About Alabama — Time to Think About Alabama’s Highway Investments

Taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel are the main sources of money for building and maintaining the state’s roads and bridges. The State of Alabama ... [READ MORE]

July 18, 2013

About Alabama — Alabama Recognized for Pacesetting Educational Progress

It’s not every day that southern states are recognized for leadership in education, but a recent report by the Southern Regional Education ... [READ MORE]

June 27, 2013

About Alabama — How productive is the Legislature?

The 2013 regular session of the Alabama Legislature adjourned May 20. According to the Legislative Fiscal Office, taxpayers pay about $874,000 ... [READ MORE]

May 23, 2013

About Alabama — Evaluating Alabama’s Economic Progress

Alabama trailed all but four states in employment growth during 2012, according to data recently released by the U.S. Department of Labor. Federal ... [READ MORE]