Cultural Indicators 2014 for Alabama and the United States tracks various Alabama-specific and national measures of societal well-being dating back to 1960, as statistics are available. Chapters are devoted to vital statistics; crime; education; family; health; poverty and welfare; and business and government.

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MORE ON Civil and Criminal Justice

What is abortion, really?

Abortion is not simply a medical procedure; it has a much larger, far less palatable, agenda. Abortion sees the life of an infant, the memories they are bound to make if privileged with birth, and tells them, “No.”

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 […]

MORE ON Family

My unplanned pregnancy, and why Alabama should pass this pro-life bill

Sometimes life requires us to fall on one side or the other of a fence we never noticed before. I was notionally pro-life, but I had not engaged the argument because I had not thought about the argument. It was a topic for someone else, someplace else. But now it was me, and the last thing I wanted was to be a mother.

HUNTSVILLE TV: J. Pepper Bryars talks abortion, taxes on WAAY 31

Pepper Bryars, a senior fellow with the Alabama Policy Institute, recently appeared on the Guerilla Politics program on Huntsville WAAY 31. Bryars discussed support for the strong abortion bill in the Alabama Legislature and API’s desire to see a tax decrease to offset the impact of the gas tax increase passed earlier this year. Watch […]

MORE ON Fiscal Policy

HUNTSVILLE TV: J. Pepper Bryars talks abortion, taxes on WAAY 31

Pepper Bryars, a senior fellow with the Alabama Policy Institute, recently appeared on the Guerilla Politics program on Huntsville WAAY 31. Bryars discussed support for the strong abortion bill in the Alabama Legislature and API’s desire to see a tax decrease to offset the impact of the gas tax increase passed earlier this year. Watch […]

The Gas Tax: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The increased gas tax became law this week amid much Goat Hill fanfare, reminding me of a Clint Eastwood line from an epic western: “I’ve never seen so many men wasted so badly.”   The Alabama Policy Institute has said for weeks that improved state infrastructure is important, but that conservative principles must guide the […]

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 […]

MORE ON Health Care

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. […]

Obamacare Repeal Must Roll Back the Medicaid Expansion

A version of this op-ed originally appeared in the National Review Online on January 19, 2017. By Ellen Weaver and Caleb Crosby As the 115th Congress convenes and President-elect Trump prepares to take office tomorrow, our nation faces incredible challenges and opportunities. On health care in particular, the stakes couldn’t be higher, nor the path […]

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HUNTSVILLE RADIO: Rachel Bryars and WVNN’s Jeff Poor talk Common Core and its possible repeal

Alabama Policy Institute Senior Fellow Rachel Blackmon Bryars appeared on Huntsville’s Newstalk 770AM/92.5FM with Jeff Poor Wednesday to discuss a controversial bill that would repeal Common Core in Alabama. Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh (R-Anniston) announced the bill in a Facebook and Twitter video late last week, taking some education stakeholders by surprise. Is a […]

HUNTSVILLE RADIO: J. Pepper Bryars explains how Alabama can defend religious freedom

API Senior Fellow J. Pepper Bryars recently discussed how Alabama’s local and state governments should defend our religious freedom on the Fred Holland Show, 105.3 FM WTKI in Huntsville. Bryars noted how the Freedom From Religion Foundation has implicitly or directly threatened to sue more than 40 Alabama school systems, local governments, and elected officials […]

MORE FROM John Hill, Ph.D.

New NAEP Scores Show No Link Between Education Spending and Academic Outcomes

In the Alabama State House, the familiar refrain surrounding public education is that the legislature has failed to ever “fully fund” it. The implication, of course, is that we cannot and should not expect positive outcomes from our public schools. This philosophy has been refuted by an enormous body of academic research and, last week, […]

The Coming Storm in ACA Implementation

Had the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the poorly-named Affordable Care Act in King v. Burwell, almost 500,000 Alabamians could have been spared the cost of the program’s individual mandate.  Premiums for a healthy 21-year-old would have dropped by almost seven hundred dollars a year, and by more than two thousand dollars annually for a […]

Governor is Right to Take Gambling off the Table

Supporters of expanding gambling in Alabama often hype the opportunities missed by our state to “keep Alabama gambling dollars in Alabama.”  Given the economic and social damage that would come with establishing a compact with the Poarch Creek Indians, our state government—especially under conservative leadership—should not be involved in this sordid business. The only reason […]