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The Costs of Occupational Licensing in Alabama

An occupational license is essentially a government permission slip to do certain work. In Alabama, before one can become a hair braider, cosmetologist, shampooer, massage therapist, auctioneer, pest control worker, and so on, one must first jump through ...

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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 ...

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Guide to the Issues: Tax Credits in Alabama

Tax credits, at both the federal and state levels, directly offset an individual or business’ tax bill for the year. Tax credits are often part of a package deal when it comes to policymaking: tax deductions, tax incentives, and tax “breaks” are all close ...

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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 ...

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Guide to the Issues: Abortion in Alabama

Since the passing of Roe v. Wade in 1973, abortion has been legal in the United States.1 While the federal government has legalized abortion, in Alabama, a majority of citizens do not agree with abortion due to the consequences of the procedure physically ...

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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 Repu ...

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Guide to the Issues: The State Budget: Earmarks

Originally, an "earmark" was a sign of ownership--a mark in the ear of a sheep or other animal.  Today, earmarks are the sign of bad fiscal policy. Earmarking is the dedication of certain tax revenues to the financing of specific programs. Currently, 93% ...