Educational insanity: What the 2022 NAEP scores actually tell Alabamians
Educational insanity: What the 2022 NAEP scores actually tell Alabamians

Educational insanity: What the 2022 NAEP scores actually tell Alabamians

Emma Gibney November 28, 2022 Editorials Education Freedom 0

What if I told you Alabama's eighth-grade reading and math scores are either worse or the same than they were more than two decades ago?  Would you believe me over the various celebratory slogans touting Alabama's "progress in education achievement" on the same level as

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Is this what fiscal conservatism looks like?
Is this what fiscal conservatism looks like?

Is this what fiscal conservatism looks like?

Justin Bogie November 28, 2022 Editorials Fiscal Policy 0

Last week, a Washington Examiner columnist wrote an opinion piece entitled “Fiscal conservatism doesn’t always mean tax cuts.” It highlighted recent comments by the Alabama House of Representatives’ newly elected Speaker Pro Tem Chris Pringle (R-Mobile).The basic argument made by Rep. Pringle is that Alabama and the national economy

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Consequences of Medicaid expansion go beyond dollars and cents
Consequences of Medicaid expansion go beyond dollars and cents

Consequences of Medicaid expansion go beyond dollars and cents

Justin Bogie November 16, 2022 Editorials Fiscal Policy 0

State Sen. Chris Elliott (R-Josephine) feels that a push for Medicaid expansion could come from Republican legislators when the new legislative quadrennium starts in March 2023. In a recent interview on the “Jeff Poor Show,” Elliott reiterated that he is “adamantly opposed to expanding Medicaid.”I do not

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When it comes to tax cuts, actions speak louder than words — Alabamians are watching and waiting
When it comes to tax cuts, actions speak louder than words — Alabamians are watching and waiting

When it comes to tax cuts, actions speak louder than words — Alabamians are watching and waiting

Justin Bogie November 15, 2022 Editorials Fiscal Policy 0

As Governor Kay Ivey prepares to enter her second full term in office, could permanent tax relief finally be in the cards for Alabamians? The answer is, maybe, but it still seems unlikely that sweeping tax reforms for citizens are on the horizon. In an interview last

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Grocery and other permanent tax cuts ‘on the table’ in 2023, but lawmakers should think bolder
Grocery and other permanent tax cuts ‘on the table’ in 2023, but lawmakers should think bolder

Grocery and other permanent tax cuts ‘on the table’ in 2023, but lawmakers should think bolder

Justin Bogie November 8, 2022 Editorials Fiscal Policy 0

The talk of the legislature pursuing meaningful tax cuts during the 2023 regular session continues to pick up momentum. That is good news for Alabamians, though state lawmakers continue to hedge their bets as to whether the talk will become reality.The fact that tax relief

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Lawmakers must use historic surplus to protect Alabamians, not protect government
Lawmakers must use historic surplus to protect Alabamians, not protect government

Lawmakers must use historic surplus to protect Alabamians, not protect government

Justin Bogie October 27, 2022 Editorials Fiscal Policy 0

Over the past month, there has been increased discussion amongst Alabama lawmakers about what state government should do with the historic $2 billion revenue surplus it amassed heading into fiscal year 2023. So far, the two main proposals have been using a fraction of the surplus to

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What voters should know about constitutional items on the November ballot
What voters should know about constitutional items on the November ballot

What voters should know about constitutional items on the November ballot

The Alabama Policy Institute October 21, 2022 API News Editorials Good Governance 0

Election Day 2022 is now less than three weeks away. And while the focus for many voters may be on races for governor, U.S. Senate and the Alabama Legislature, there are also 10 constitutional amendments and a vote on the revised Constitution of Alabama 2022

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Progressive politics drive the ‘S’ in ESG
Progressive politics drive the ‘S’ in ESG

Progressive politics drive the ‘S’ in ESG

Emma Gibney October 21, 2022 Editorials Environmental, Social, Governance 0

This week, Missouri became the 14th state in the past several months to divest funds from large asset management companies and banks the state believes are making loan and investment decisions based on environmental, social, governance (ESG) standards.  Much of these state treasurers' decisions are based on

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Alabamians deserve permanent tax relief, not just a one-time check
Alabamians deserve permanent tax relief, not just a one-time check

Alabamians deserve permanent tax relief, not just a one-time check

Justin Bogie October 19, 2022 Editorials Fiscal Policy 0

In fiscal year 2022, Alabama’s state government collected over $13 billion in total revenue. It marked the fourth straight year the state has had a revenue surplus of at least $600 million. The $2 billion revenue surplus of 2022 marked a 15% growth compared to 2021, when

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