Rise to the moment of truth Tuesday, September 27, 2022


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Justin Bogie: Lower taxes, better education are keys to attracting business to Alabama, not incentives

The Alabama Jobs Act is set to expire on July 31, 2023, meaning that economic incentives could be a major topic during next year’s regular legislative session. 

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Justin Bogie: Excuses are easy — Meaningful policy change takes bold leadership

As summer turns to fall, the drumbeat for the Alabama Legislature to enact meaningful tax reform legislation has picked up its pace. But there is still no action — only discussion of temporary relief and the same old excuses as to why long-term reforms will be challenging to pursue.

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Justin Bogie: Bold tax reform should be at the top of Alabama lawmakers' agenda

“Alabama budgets are in great shape.” That was the message last week from the Alabama Legislative Services Agency’s deputy director Kirk Fulford to a joint meeting of the legislative budget committees in Montgomery.

Justin Bogie: Why Medicaid expansion is a bad idea for Alabama

As the Legislature heads towards its 2023 regular legislative session, calls for Medicaid expansion are likely to increase. Alabama remains one of 12 states that has not expanded coverage under Obamacare. 

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Bryan Dawson, Justin Bogie and Joey Clark talk unemployment claim overpayments on News Talk 93.1 News & Views

Listen to 1819 News CEO Bryan Dawson on News & Views with Joey Clark as they are joined by Justin Bogie, Senior Director of Fiscal Policy at the Alabama Policy Institute, as they discuss $160 million in unemployment claim overpayments, which are being dismissed as insignificant and should be forgiven, while the same amount in tax cuts this year was touted as meaningful tax relief.

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Alabama Department of Labor overpaid unemployment recipients by more than $164 million in 2020-21

According to recent data from the U.S. Department of Labor, Alabama overpaid unemployment compensation benefit recipients by more than $164 million in 2020 and 2021.

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Justin Bogie: Legislature should not seek permanent solutions for temporary problems

There is no doubt that inflation is hurting many Alabamians right now, whether they be public or private sector employees or business owners. In June, inflation rose to 9.1 percent year over year, with record high gas prices being the underlying cause. But no one expects that trend to last. The Congressional Budget Office projects that inflationary pressures will begin to ease later this year and fall to 3.1 percent in 2023. From 1960 to 2021 the average annual inflation rate in the United States was 3.7 percent.

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Justin Bogie: Offering relief to citizens is not a 'gimmick'

Last week President Joe Biden called on Congress to suspend the federal gas tax for three months. What was Governor Kay Ivey’s response? She called it a “gimmick, plain and simple.”

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Justin Bogie: Alabama lawmakers should be in no rush to spend additional ARPA funds

When Alabama lawmakers came into session in January, one of their first priorities was allocating the first half of Alabama’s $2.1 billion in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. With the second half set to hit the state’s coffers soon, lawmakers should hit the pause button before spending any additional funds. If they don’t, it will cost all Alabamians.

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Justin Bogie: State government on pace for another record surplus; will it give Alabamians a break?

State government continues to take more money from Alabamians than ever before. Will it use that money to continue the historic expansion of state government, or finally take less taxes from citizens?

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API's Bogie warns Ivey could pursue gambling legislation in special session 'very soon'

During an appearance on Mobile radio FM Talk 106.5's "The Jeff Poor Show," Alabama Policy Institute senior director of fiscal policy Justin Bogie speculated on the future of Alabama's gas tax and what Ivey could do regarding the gaming question.

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Justin Bogie: State parks Amendment is more of legislature's fiscal malfeasance

In less than two weeks, Alabama voters will head to the polls to cast their votes in the 2022 Republican and Democratic primary elections.

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Justin Bogie: No. Mr. Ledbetter, it's not too ‘late’ for legislature to debate important issues

“It’s kind of late.” That was the message from Alabama House Majority Leader Nathaniel Ledbetter (R-Rainseville) when asked about the...

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Justin Bogie: Legislature has made a good start at tax cuts, but can think bigger, bolder

As the Alabama Legislature gets set to resume the 2022 regular session this week, legislation to take less from Alabamians by cutting...

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Justin Bogie: Unanimity Is Rarely a Good Thing in Policy Making

126-1. That’s how the Alabama Legislature voted last week on a bill to allocate the remaining $772 million from the first half of Alabama’s...

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Justin Bogie: Rush to spend ARPA funds is feeding government rather than taking less from the people

On Wednesday, the Alabama Legislature convened a special session within the 2022 Regular Legislative Session, that will determine how...

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Justin Bogie: Changing budget trajectory should be top priority for Alabama legislature

As the Alabama Legislature begins the 2022 Regular Legislative Session today in Montgomery, passing the states' two operating budgets...

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Justin Bogie: State government wants to restrict who you can sell your land to

Foreign investors are purchasing larger shares of American and Alabama farmland than ever before. At least one Alabama legislator,...

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Justin Bogie: State government new years’ resolution should be 'take less from Alabamians in 2022'

As 2021 comes to a close, many Alabamians are reflecting on the year that was, making resolutions, and thinking about what 2022 may...

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Justin Bogie: Alabamians keep paying, Congress keeps spending

Last week, Congress cleared a bill to raise the federal debt limit by $2.5 trillion, increasing the new statutory limit to more than...

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Justin Bogie: Alabama top education officials cry 'more, more, more'

More, more, more. As requests for the state’s fiscal year 2023 Education Trust Fund (ETF) continue to roll in, these lyrics from Billy...

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Justin Bogie: Tax cuts seem to be everywhere - except in Alabama's future

Kansas, one of a handful of states alongside Alabama that still fully taxes the sale of food, recently announced a bipartisan plan...

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Justin Bogie: Court ruling gives Alabama lawmakers opportunity to give back

Despite the pandemic, the business of state government is booming in Alabama. It is past time for the state to give some of its newfound...

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Justin Bogie: Alabama, Auburn should not give in to vaccine mandates despite potential impact

On September 9, President Joe Biden issued a wide-ranging COVID-19 vaccination mandate that requires all federal employees, contractors,...