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 18, 2013

About Alabama — Thinking About Tax Burdens

April is an appropriate month to pause and think about tax burdens. For Alabamians, the story has pluses and minuses. While our state and local ... [READ MORE]

March 28, 2013

About Alabama — Deciding what to do about failing schools

The hottest issue in the current legislative session is what to do about failing public schools. This is a critical matter for our state. Eighty-seven ... [READ MORE]

February 21, 2013

About Alabama — Alabama’s High School Graduation Rate

In January the U.S. Department of Education released estimates of the high school graduation rate for all 50 states. These estimates, based on ... [READ MORE]

January 17, 2013

About Alabama — Slow-Growing State in Fast-Growing Part of Country

The Census Bureau released its annual estimates of the populations of the 50 states in December. The numbers show that Alabama continues to be ... [READ MORE]

December 20, 2012

About Alabama — What Will ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Mean for Alabama?

Unless Congress and the president agree this month on an alternative solution, in January the United States government will tumble over a “fiscal ... [READ MORE]

November 15, 2012

About Alabama — Student Test Scores Rise But Achievement Gaps Persist

Last spring students in grades 3–8 of Alabama’s public schools took statewide tests of reading and math skills. The results were generally ... [READ MORE]