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.

June 16, 2011

About Alabama — State budgets complete but what’s the plan?

On its last session day, the Alabama Legislature completed work on the two large state budgets for the coming fiscal year. These were hard budgets ... [READ MORE]

May 12, 2011

About Alabama — Revising the Alabama Constitution

The state Legislature has developed a plan for revising the Alabama Constitution, which was adopted in 1901 and is widely held to have major ... [READ MORE]

April 14, 2011

About Alabama — Managing Alabama’s State Government

The state of Alabama is in the middle of its biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s, and there are many proposals for ... [READ MORE]

March 10, 2011

About Alabama — Public Opinion on Issues Related to State Government

Each year, the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama conducts a public opinion survey on issues related to state government. While some ... [READ MORE]

February 17, 2011

About Alabama — The Alabama Commission on Improving State Government

One of Gov. Robert Bentley’s first acts in January was to issue an executive order creating the Alabama Commission on Improving State Government. ... [READ MORE]

January 13, 2011

About Alabama — Budget Troubles for State Government in 2011 and 2012

The Legislative Fiscal Office brought gloomy estimates of state finances to members of the Legislature at their December orientation meeting. ... [READ MORE]