Though the word “poverty” typically provokes thoughts of individuals and families who lack the basic necessities of food, clothing, and shelter, there is another form […]
In Alabama, we expect—quite rightly—our fellow citizens to pull themselves up by their own bootstraps. But what if there is a barrier between citizens and […]
Personnel Boards were created in response to a perceived “spoils system” within local government whereby newly elected officials were regularly replacing experienced employees with their […]
As Alabama’s legislative session gets closer, the momentum for prison reform is at an all-time high. The current prison overcrowding crisis provides a great opportunity for the Legislature to address […]
This is Part 3 of API’s 3-part “Budget Basics” series, exploring Alabama’s budget system, the current fiscal climate and related challenges, and the implications […]
In April 2014, the State enacted a budget for FY 2015 of $7.8 billion, of which $1.8 billion was proposed for the General Fund (GF) […]
Policy Priorities for Alabama is a handbook compiled specifically for each legislative session as a research and education guide on the issues facing our state.
From 2012-2013 the Alabama Trust Fund (ATF) will transfer $437 million to the State General Fund (GF). Although the constitutional amendment authorizing the transfer provides […]
API examines the current state of Alabama’s investment account, the Alabama Trust Fund. Also, statistics are shown regarding the changes to take place according to […]
In 2009, the nation’s federal regulatory agencies issued 3,503 rules and regulations, spanning the oversight of everything from energy-efficiency standards for clothes washers and pool heaters to SUV emissions and escalators.
The total of these off-budget regulatory costs is a whopping $1.75 trillion. Congress must be held accountable for the regulations Americans face.