Alabama’s 2015 State Budget

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) and $5.9 billion for the Education Trust Fund (ETF). This equates to a bill of $1,608 for every man, woman and child in the State.

FY15 AL Budget

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The Crisis of Government Cronyism

For the last several election cycles, Democrats have successfully branded Republicans as the protectors of corporate greed, companies that are too big to fail and the much maligned “one percent.” This branding strategy succeeds because it resonates on some level with most Americans. The policy and political arguments of an executive whose annual compensation is more than many […]

The Alabama Trust Fund Payback

The Alabama Trust Fund Payback

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 no provisions for repayment, the Alabama Legislature passed legislation in 2013 to repay the ATF by 2026. The State Legislature must handle the budgetary problems the State has faced over […]

Alabama Trust Fund

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 the September 18, 2012 Constitutional Amendment.

By the Numbers - Alabama Trust Fund

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The Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act

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.

The Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA)

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.

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Certificate of Need (CON) Laws

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.

Consent Decrees

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.

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Losing Our Freedom One Tax and Regulation at a Time

In the U.S., July 4th is the day we celebrate our freedom. On that day in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted, forever breaking America free from the shackles of the British government. But 236 years later, we find ourselves shackled again by our own overzealous government. State and federal regulators shackle us with […]