HUNTSVILLE RADIO: Lawmakers should cut grocery taxes if they raise the gas tax

API senior fellow J. Pepper Bryars appeared on WVNN 92.5 in Huntsville over the weekend to discuss the gas tax increase in Alabama and how lawmakers should off-set the move with a tax decrease of equal value elsewhere. Bryars mentioned that cutting the grocery tax would be a popular move. “If they’re going to ask […]

MOBILE RADIO: Should Alabama pass a stand-alone gas tax?

API senior fellow J. Pepper Bryars joined Pete Riehm’s Common Sense Radio show on Mobile’s 106.5 FM Thursday to discuss why the state legislature should cut taxes elsewhere, possibly on groceries, while raising the gas tax for roads, bridges, and port improvements. “If they’re going to ask us to pay $300 more a year at […]

J. Pepper Bryars: Why we should avoid an immediate special session for the gas tax

Many Alabamians, including the conservative-leaning Alabama Policy Institute, agree our state needs to increase funding for roads and bridges. And Governor Kay Ivey hasn’t yet ruled out calling the state legislature into a special session to raise the gas tax when lawmakers convene Tuesday in Montgomery. But is fast-tracking a $300 million tax increase a […]

HUNTSVILLE RADIO: Alabama should shine the light on asset forfeiture

API Senior Fellow J. Pepper Bryars recently discussed civil asset forfeiture on the Fred Holland Show, 105.3 FM WTKI in Huntsville. The two spent an hour discussing the issue, including how it’s done in Alabama, its pros and cons, and why law enforcement should make the process more easily available to public scrutiny. Listen to […]

While the Supreme Court deliberates, Alabama should shine the light on asset forfeiture

The U.S. Supreme Court recently signaled that it’s ready to limit the government’s power to confiscate things like cars, houses, and cash that prosecutors have proven, or maybe just reasonably suspect, were involved in crimes. The court heard oral arguments related to Indiana’s use of the power, known as asset forfeiture, to confiscate a $42,000 vehicle — […]