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.

August 16, 2012

About Alabama — Collecting Taxes on ‘Remote’ Sales

While the governor and a majority of legislators have taken a “no-new-taxes” pledge, they did provide in the recent legislative session for ... [READ MORE]

July 19, 2012

About Alabama — A Tough Choice

On Sept. 18, Alabama voters will decide in a special election whether to approve a constitutional amendment proposed by the Legislature in May. ... [READ MORE]

June 21, 2012

About Alabama — Should bankruptcy be an option for Alabama’s local governments?

Maybe a better question is, “Why should the finances of a city or county ever get so bad that it can’t pay its bills and has to seek protection ... [READ MORE]

May 17, 2012

About Alabama — Metro counties Alabama’s ‘growth engines’

Alabama remains one of the slowest-growing states in the Southeast. Since the 2010 Census, the state’s population has increased at only half ... [READ MORE]

April 19, 2012

About Alabama — Alabama’s Economic Progress

Alabama, like other states, is in the middle of a slow recovery from the Great Recession that began in 2008. Recent statistics show signs of ... [READ MORE]

January 12, 2012

About Alabama — Is Earmarking the Best Way to Control Our State’s Budget?

Earmarking is a way of controlling government spending by predetermining how revenues can be used. The more earmarking there is, the less freedom ... [READ MORE]