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Press Releases

A Massive Setback for Education in Alabama

After speaking with Michael Sentance today upon his resignation from his role as state superintendent, the Alabama Policy Institute releases the following statement: “At API, we are saddened to hear that Michael Sentance was forced to resign as Alabama State Superintendent of Education. We see this as a massive setback for education in Alabama. This […]

API Joins 36 Conservative Groups and Activists: Congress Must Stop New Obamacare Taxes

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. […]

Our Evaluation of Michael Sentance

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 […]

Op-Eds

Juvenile Justice: A Broken System with Harmful Effects on Alabama’s Youth

A fourteen year old shoplifts cologne from a local Macy’s with hopes to impress his crush. Lacking the skills of an experienced criminal, he gets caught easily. Although perhaps warranting a fine and community service, he is instead processed as a criminal defendant and placed in a juvenile detention center. Here, he crosses paths daily […]

Using our tax breaks and bonuses for things that matter

“Crumbs”. That’s how House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi characterized the thousand-dollar bonuses and wage increases that companies are offering employees in the wake of federal tax reform. This description has, appropriately, come under attack. Walmart, Alabama’s largest employer, is spending around $400 million on employee bonuses. In fact, according to Americans for Tax Reform, over […]

Here in Alabama, the government can legally take your stuff (AND NOT GIVE IT BACK)

Along Highway 31 in Conecuh County, Alabama, lies a small town called Castleberry. Although the city boasts a population of less than 600 and a single caution light, it has its own police department. To fund itself, the Castleberry Police Department takes advantage of speeding passers-by and writes them tickets. Nothing to see here. In […]

Guides to the Issues

Guide to the Issues: Education Savings Accounts (ESAs)

An education savings account is an individual student bank account, established by state law, which holds some or all of the public funds that would normally be allocated for the education of the participating student. Generally, the student must meet certain qualifications and the parent or guardian of the student must sign a contract with […]

Guide to the Issues: Charter Schools in Alabama

While the state of Alabama has seen incremental reform in the realm of public education in recent years, one major component of the national education reform movement has remained elusive. Despite rapid and often successful growth nationwide over the last twenty-five years, Alabama has been slow to embrace charter schools. One of the reasons for this […]

Guide to the Issues: Free Speech on Campus in Alabama

Free speech is a constitutionally protected right for all Americans—and those attending colleges and universities are no exception. The Supreme Court has held that “speech may not be banned on the ground that it expresses ideas that offend.” Harmful and threatening speech has no place at an institution of higher learning. Students and faculty alike […]

Research

API Federal Dependency Polling Results

In late October, the Alabama Policy Institute commissioned a poll to determine Republican voter opinions about Alabama’s financial readiness and the degree to which Alabama is reliant on funding from the federal government. The survey of 750 Alabama Republican Primary voters indicated that many are concerned with the level of influence the federal government has […]

Unwinding the Worst of Obamacare: Why Congress Must Rescind ACA’S Massive Medicaid Expansion

Alabama Policy Institute joined with Palmetto Promise Institute to make the case for an equitable unwinding of Obamacare’s massive and fiscally unsustainable expansion of Medicaid to able-bodied adults. The report comes at a particularly important time, with ongoing discussions in Washington on repealing Obamacare, and reforming Medicaid through a block grant or per capita allotments. […]

Selling Our Sovereignty: Alabama’s Federal Dependency

The Alabama Policy Institute (API) is pleased to announce the release of our latest report, Selling Our Sovereignty: Alabama’s Federal Dependency. API Vice President Katherine Green Robertson examines the decline of federalism—the delicate balance of power between the federal government and the states—and determines that states are complicit in its decline as they continue to […]