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Steve Flowers: State Budgets are Priority Number One
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Steve Flowers: State Budgets are Priority Number One

By Steve Flowers After their successful special five-day Special Session, the Legislature has been in their Regular Session for a few weeks now.  The Session will end in June so it is about one-fourth over. Almost one-third of the members are new, freshmen if you will. Even though they are, for the most part a...

Jim Searcy: Protect Alabama’s economic development efforts
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Jim Searcy: Protect Alabama’s economic development efforts

By JIM SEARCY, Executive Director of the Economic Development Association of Alabama The Alabama Jobs Enhancement Act was passed last year to provide clarity to an issue that could have crippled Alabama’s economic development efforts.  The bill was necessary to provide clarity regarding a requirement for economic developers and site selectors to register as lobbyist to...

Phil Williams: Gas tax had some good, bad, and ugly
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Phil Williams: Gas tax had some good, bad, and ugly

By Phil Williams, Director of Policy Strategy, Alabama Policy Institute 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...

‘Mockingbird’ author compared hometown to Elvis’ Graceland
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‘Mockingbird’ author compared hometown to Elvis’ Graceland

"To Kill a Mockingbird" author Harper Lee railed against her Alabama hometown for trying to exploit her success in a letter that helps explain later legal battles involving commercialization of her novel.
The writer's bitter assessment of Monroeville came in a three-page letter that is being sold with other items by the London-based Bonhams auctions.

Alabama Policy Institute: A Conservative Approach to the Gas Tax
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Alabama Policy Institute: A Conservative Approach to the Gas Tax

By the ALABAMA POLICY INSTITUTE PART I – THREE GUIDING IMPERATIVES To be clear up front, the Alabama Policy Institute (API) supports an increased investment in Alabama’s infrastructure. US Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes famously said that “taxes are what we pay for a civilized society.” The Alabama Policy Institute freely acknowledges that infrastructure...

Perry Hooper: President Trump Hits a Home Run
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Perry Hooper: President Trump Hits a Home Run

By PERRY HOOPER, JR The never-Trumper faction of the Republican Party was wrong. The mainstream media was — and continues to be wrong. The Democrats just don’t get it. Two years into the Trump agenda to Make America Great Again the state of our union, is incredibly strong and getting better every day. The President...