Category: Commentary

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...

Matthew Stokes: Jones moderates on vote, but not rhetoric
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Matthew Stokes: Jones moderates on vote, but not rhetoric

Jones has a unique opportunity to help resurrect a politics that believes in an active federal government while making it clear that you reject both a kinda-sorta welfare state in the common sense, and socialism in the more extreme case.  This sort of responsible centrism forces the Republican Party to deal with substantive issues like health care, education, and, yes, even climate change

Pepper Bryars: Why we should avoid an immediate special session for the gas tax
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Pepper Bryars: Why we should avoid an immediate special session for the gas tax

By J. PEPPER BRYARS, Alabama Policy Institute Many Alabamians, including the conservative-leaning Alabama Policy Institute, agree our state needs to increase funding for roads and bridges. And Governor Kay Ivey hasn’t yet ruled out calling the state legislature into a special session to raise the gas tax when lawmakers convene Tuesday in Montgomery. But is...

Skip Tucker: Another Brick in the Wall
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Skip Tucker: Another Brick in the Wall

By SKIP TUCKER, Alabama Daily News Featured Columnist After national pollsters, national talking heads and Hillary Clinton were handed their collective hindends by Donald Trump on election night, they made promises to be honest in future. They did this with straight faces. The slick Huffington Post had given Clinton a probability win factor of –...

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...