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 […]
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.
Alabama is one of only six states, two territories, and the District of Columbia that does not have any Regulatory Flexibility statutes. Regulatory flexibility statutes ensure that agencies have considered all reasonable regulatory
alternatives in order to create the least oppressive regulations possible.
The assumption with CON regulation is that excess capacity (in the form of overbuilding) directly results in health care price inflation. Because CON regulations restrict the supply of medical facilities and equipment, making them more expensive, they should be abolished.
State and local government should force plaintiffs to prove their case in court. The Attorney General be required to present a report to the State Legislature on every consent decree currently affecting state or local government operations, with budgetary and policy implications clearly addressed for each decree.