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Alabama Capitol Alabama News
Justin Bogie: Alabama lawmakers should build on progress made during the 2023 session

There was worthwhile progress made in areas such as tax relief for citizens and expansion of the Alabama Accountability Act scholarship and charter school programs. More work remains, however.

Hospital Alabama News
Justin Bogie: Repealing CON regulations could save Alabama’s rural hospitals

More federal intervention could help a limited number of rural hospitals survive in the short-term, but it is not a permanent solution to improve health care. Repealing Alabama’s CON laws would go much further towards achieving that goal for all Alabamians.

Taxes Alabama News
Justin Bogie: Will higher income tax rates cost Alabama population growth?

If Alabama wants to maximize the benefits of the work from home movement and subsequent migration, lowering the income tax burden is the place to start.

Medicaid Alabama News
Justin Bogie: Medicaid expansion risks still outweigh the ‘rewards’

Medicaid expansion was notably absent in the 2023 session. But proponents are back with the same tired arguments, likely already eyeing another push in 2024, if not before.

Gov. Kay Ivey State of the State. Alabama News
Justin Bogie: Why do efforts to increase public transparency continue to die?

Alabamians have a right to know the activities that state government is engaged in and how their tax dollars are being spent. Yet Senate Bill 196, which would have further streamlined the public records process, died on the last day of the 2023 regular session.

Classroom Alabama News
Justin Bogie: Ivey applauds higher teacher salaries, but fundamental changes to education are needed

Will higher teacher salaries do anything to improve Alabama’s lagging national test scores?

Nathaniel Ledbetter Alabama News
Justin Bogie: Despite ‘historic’ session, there’s more work to be done on tax relief

The 2023 session saw the legislature enact the largest budgets in state history. And while progress was made on tax relief efforts, more of your money should be returned to you.

Tax Relief2 Alabama News
Justin Bogie: What relief bills are still alive as the 2023 regular session nears its end?

Time is running out. Many bills that sought to reduce the tax burden of Alabamians have officially died. But several tax relief bills remained alive as Wednesday’s committee meetings wrapped up.

IOU Alabama News
Justin Bogie: U.S. debt limit crisis appears diverted, but will fundamental problems be addressed?

The proposed debt limit agreement will not solve the fundamental spending and debt issues that the U.S. government faces. Rather, it merely delays those decisions until after the 2024 presidential election.

AL Legislature Alabama News
Justin Bogie: Largest state budgets in history poised for final passage

The overarching theme of the two budgets is that the size and scope of Alabama’s government is growing to new record levels. Neither does enough to provide permanent tax relief to Alabamians, and time is running out.

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Justin Bogie: Is the Alabama Senate letting tax relief efforts slowly die?

Alabama’s government had a more than $3 billion combined budget surplus entering 2023. Yet lawmakers still seem reluctant to give “too much” of that surplus back to its rightful owners.

Grocery store 4 Alabama News
Justin Bogie: The clock is ticking on a grocery tax repeal

The grocery tax repeal is one of few issues that has widespread bipartisan support. It’s time for the legislature to make it a reality.

Tax Credit Alabama News
Justin Bogie: Four tax credit bills you should know about

While much of the attention during the 2023 regular legislative session has been given to tax cut and rebate proposals, there are numerous tax credit and exemption bills also moving through the Alabama Legislature.

Hourglass Alabama News
Justin Bogie: Is government picking winners and losers when it comes to hourly employees?

I’m not advocating for a $15 minimum wage statewide. But I do wonder why the discussed proposal is for government employees — who are part of a powerful lobby — when too little is being done to support the private sector.

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Justin Bogie talks the national debt limit on News Talk 93.1 'News & Views'

Listen to 1819 News Fiscal and Budget Reporter Justin Bogie on "News & Views" with Joey Clark as they discuss the national debt limit and the consequences of defaulting on public debts.

Money 2 Alabama News
Justin Bogie: Consequences of a U.S. debt limit default could be ‘cataclysmic’

Nobody wants to default on the U.S. debt. The repercussions would be devastating for all Americans. However, out of control government growth and borrowing against future generations must stop.

Tax Cuts Alabama News
Justin Bogie: Senate education budget may indicate shift towards permanent tax relief

The topline for the 2023 ETF supplemental appropriations act is unchanged from the governor’s recommendation. However, a closer examination of the bill’s line-items shows a major shift in funding priorities.

Grocery tax Alabama News
Justin Bogie talks the latest grocery tax proposal on FM Talk 1065

Listen to 1819 News Fiscal and Budget Reporter Justin Bogie on "Midday Mobile" with Sean Sullivan as they discuss the latest grocery tax repeal proposal which prohibits local governments from raising those taxes.

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Justin Bogie talks school choice on News Talk 93.1 'News & Views'

Listen to 1819 News Fiscal and Budget Reporter Justin Bogie on "News & Views" with Joey Clark as they discuss proposed school choice legislation that is being bounced around the legislature but not acted upon.

Grocery Store Alabama News
Justin Bogie: Three things to know about the latest grocery tax repeal effort

More than halfway through the 2023 regular legislative session, strong momentum is building to partially repeal the state’s 4% sales tax on groceries.

School Choice Alabama News
Justin Bogie: Data does not support the idea that the PRICE Act will take too much funding from the ETF

If the legislature continues to delay school choice legislation, it’s not because it is too costly or because the program would not improve the quality of education in Alabama’s schools.

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Justin Bogie talks the Alabama grocery tax on News Talk 93.1 'News & Views'

Listen to 1819 News Fiscal and Budget Reporter Justin Bogie on "News & Views" with Joey Clark as they discuss the legislative progress on the elimination of Alabama's grocery tax.

Governor Kay Ivey gave remarks to the Austal USA’s Women’s History Month Luncheon at Austal USA Monday March 20, 2023 in Mobile Alabama News
Justin Bogie: Will Ivey listen as momentum for permanent tax relief grows?

Alabamians have made it clear that they don’t want a rebate check. Top lawmakers are now on the same page. Will Gov. Ivey listen?

Bogie Alabama News
Justin Bogie talks the potential Birmingham-Southern bailout on FM Talk 1065

Listen to 1819 News Fiscal and Budget Reporter Justin Bogie on "Midday Mobile" with Sean Sullivan as they discuss the potential Birmingham Southern Bailout and the dangerous precedent it would set.

Tax Relief2 Alabama News
Justin Bogie: State budgets are moving, why isn’t more relief coming?

Alabama continues to be in a unique position to provide substantial permanent tax relief to hard-working citizens. To make that a reality, lawmakers must take larger steps to slow the growth of government spending.

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Justin Bogie talks the recent ALGOP poll on News Talk 93.1 'News & Views'

Listen to 1819 News Fiscal and Budget Reporter Justin Bogie on "News & Views" with Joey Clark as they discuss the recent ALGOP poll that determined Alabamians of both parties overwhelmingly want the Alabama grocery tax repealed.

Birmingham-Southern Alabama News
Justin Bogie: Birmingham-Southern bailout could set dangerous precedent

Without ARPA funds, how does BSC plan to remain open? There are two likely solutions, both of which would set a new precedent for state government’s involvement with private higher education institutions.

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