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 […]
It was predicted that voters would stay home on June 3rd without a tight race for Governor at the top of the ticket, and this […]
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) […]
Alabama’s prisons are grossly overcrowded. The State has the third highest incarceration rate in the nation, and in 2012, corrections costs in Alabama were approximately […]
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCN) currently oversees a database of 6,560 entries which contains incomplete information on some State-owned real property. There […]
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.
The RSA has between $10 billion and $40 billion in unfunded liabilities over the next 30 years. Since 2003, employer costs to the RSA have risen from $296 million to $999 million per year. The RSA had the worst performing public pension fund in the nation in 2008 and 2009, with total losses of approximately $13 billion.
Alabama should adopt a uniform system of limited home rule that improves government efficiency without increasing the state’s exposure for local fiscal decisions or the burden of government that Alabamians already face.
In 2010, 139 Alabama state employees were registered as lobbyists in Alabama, but no longer do as laws have changed. Individuals who still lobby for the state should still register but with no fee.
In 2009, state and local government wages and salaries were 0.7 percent lower than private sector. Nationally, the wage and salary ratio in 2009 was -4 percent. Over that same period, Alabama state and local worker benefits were 64.3 percent higher than workers in the private sector, the 12th highest ratio in the country.