Taylor’s Top 4: Legislative Review for Week 7

Did this week fly by to anyone else? Before we all take off to enjoy the weekend, check out what happened this week in Montgomery in Taylor's Top 4! 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. General fund budget for 2019 has passed the senate. This week, the senate passed a budget for the 2019 General Fund (GF) by a…

Tax Incentives: Not Always the Answer for Alabama’s Economic Struggles

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 two companies around $900 million in tax incentives.A tool used by state and local governments, tax incentives attempt to lure large businesses with the hope…

Taylor’s Top 5: Legislative Review for Week 6

TGIF, am I right? Before the weekend begins, check out what happened this week in the state legislature Taylor's Top 5 for this week! 1. Folks, we are very close to statewide ride sharing! This week, the senate unanimously passed a bill that sets up the framework for ride sharing companies to operate across the state. Now that the bill has made it through the legislature, it now heads to Governor Ivey for a signature, and she has indicated that she is supportive…

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 with violent youth offenders. While this specific situation is hypothetical, under Alabama’s current juvenile justice laws the situation is possible and likely. Any minor charged…

Legislative Session: Week 5 Review

It was a slower week, so before you kick off your weekend, check out what happened in Montgomery during week five of the 2018 legislative session! By the way, 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. Education budget is on the move. It was a pretty slow legislative week, but one big thing did come out of it: movement…

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 3 million Americans will receive tax reform bonuses. These are not crumbs. Additionally, changes to tax law are being pursued here in Alabama, specifically to…

Taylor’s Top Five: Weekly Legislative Review for Week 4

And, we're back! Happy almost weekend to you. Taylor's Top Five is back to fill you in on what you might have missed this week in Montgomery. Hope you enjoy, and let us know if you have any questions on the items discussed below. Have a great weekend! 1. The Senate approved harsher punishment for possessing fentanyl. For those who don't know what we're dealing with here, fentanyl, the synthetic cousin of heroin, is one of the driving forces behind the recent opioid crisis…

Calling All Candidates: Let’s Talk Education

You spoke, Alabama. We asked, what issues are important to you and what questions would you ask of your candidates to answer?  Since last week was National School Choice Week, let’s explore questions on promoting education and supporting Alabama’s school children. And it probably won’t come as much of a surprise—Alabamians are very vocal on these issues. Here are a few questions posed by our readers, and some background information for candidates to consider when responding. What are your thoughts on…

Taylor’s Top Six: Legislative Review for Week 3

We’re back with another recap! In this week’s Taylor's Top Six, we’ve got a few updates on things we discussed last week, as well as some new bills that were introduced this week. Let us know what you think of what's going on in Montgomery! 1. My two favorite words in the English language: tax break. There must be something in the water. First a tax break from Washington, and now one in Alabama? Under a bill by Senator Del…

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 the words of President Trump, “Wrong.” According to reports, after pulling a driver over, law enforcement takes whatever money and other possessions they want, justifying…