It is not uncommon for politicians to campaign on promises of no new taxes, yet when the going gets tough, abandon that promise in favor of the easiest fix of all–a bailout by hardworking Alabamians. Stephen Moore, Chief Economist of the Heritage Foundation and Wall Street Journal contributor, agreed to share his thoughts […]
It is not uncommon for politicians to campaign on promises of no new taxes, yet when the going gets tough, abandon that promise in favor of the easiest fix of all–a bailout by hardworking Alabamians. Stephen Moore, Chief Economist of the Heritage Foundation and Wall Street Journal contributor, agreed to share his thoughts with API on the proposed tax increases under consideration by the Alabama Legislature as the state faces a budget deficit.
The most highly sought-after economics expert by 2016 GOP presidential hopefuls, Moore surveys the potential damage to the state’s economy that will likely occur as a result of raising taxes. At a time when Alabama’s economy lags behind most other states, Moore notes that tax increases will make it difficult to both compete for new jobs and maintain existing jobs in Alabama.
Advertising higher taxes as the only option for closing the budget gap without cutting government services presents a false choice. Rather, the current budget crisis should serve as an impetus for substantive reforms that tackle the real drivers behind the shortfall and will provide the state financial stability for the long-term. Alabama’s lawmakers should continue on in this worthy pursuit and stay true to their campaign promises.
Political discussion in the United States is often framed by party allegiance. When people are asked to explain the rationale behind their choice to identify with a specific party, however, they often cannot give an answer beyond listing particular positions that they support or oppose. While an understanding of specific policies is important, limiting debate […]
According to a recent survey, a majority of military family members do not feel that they belong in their local civilian communities. This means that less than half of military families that live in our neighborhoods, shop at our malls, and attend our places of worship feel at home with us. Why is this the […]
Our prayers and heartfelt condolences go out to Representative Allen Treadaway and his family after the loss of his daughter Kelsey Treadaway earlier this week. If you want to receive daily news hits from across the state and nation straight to your inbox each morning, click here to subscribe to API’s Daily Clips. 1. Changes to ethics […]
Last month, the state rejoiced with news that Alabama would be the home of a new Toyota-Mazda plant. The plant is expected to bring over 4,000 jobs and billions of dollars in net revenue to the state. With the execution of this deal, known as Project New World, state and local governments will give the […]
The Alabama Policy Institute joined a coalition of over 20 leading conservative organizations calling on the U.S. House of Representatives to seize the opportunity to deliver transformative tax reform. In an open letter, the coalition highlighted the failures of America’s tax code and urged every member in the U.S. House to make the tax code […]
Lawmakers must act to prevent Obamacare taxes from going into effect next year, 36 conservative groups and activists wrote in a letter addressed to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). Absent Congressional action, the Obamacare health insurance tax and medical device tax will both go into effect in 2018. […]
The Alabama State Board of Education will meet tomorrow in Montgomery for a special meeting abruptly called last week. The stated purpose is to evaluate Superintendent Michael Sentance. The rumored purpose is to fire him. We trust that the latter is just that—a rumor—as there is absolutely no justification for firing Mr. Sentance. Indeed, allow […]
Letter Encourages Trump Administration to Champion Constitutionally Focused Education Choice Agenda Yesterday, Alabama Policy Institute (API) joined 12 other leading state and national organizations in sending a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos praising her outspoken commitment to parental choice in education. The letter outlines the importance of state-led efforts on education choice, emphasizing […]
The Alabama Pro-Life Coalition (APLC) commends Governor Kay Ivey for signing the Alabama Child Placing Agency Inclusion Act into law on May 3, 2017. By her signature, the rights of religion based adoption agencies are protected. APLC also commends the sponsors of the legislation, Senator Bill Hightower (R-Mobile) and Representative Rich Wingo (R-Tuscaloosa). Their understanding, […]