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Alabama has adequate funds to weather moderate recession

Alabama would have adequate revenues to manage a moderate economic downturn without raising taxes or cutting services, according to a new analysis from Moody’s Analytics.

Alabama ranks 40th in annual tax climate ranking

Alabama finished 40th in a new study by the Tax Foundation showing which states are best at structuring their tax systems

College football coach is highest-paid public employee in Alabama

Nick Saban, head football coach at University of Alabama, earned $8.3 million in 2018, making Saban the highest-paid public employee in Alabama last year, according to a ranking by the website GOBankingRates.

Funding for arts agencies in Alabama to reach $5.8 million in FY2020

Legislative appropriations for Alabama arts agencies are projected to reach $5.8 million for fiscal year 2020, which equates to $1.19 per capita in the state, according to a report from the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA).

Alabama levies a total tax on lodging of 4%

Hotel room bills in Alabama tack on a total state lodging tax of 4 percent, the 45th highest lodging tax rate in the nation, according to a study by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).

No counties in Alabama are now 2nd Amendment sanctuaries

No counties in the state are now under a Second Amendment sanctuary law or ordinance, according to updates from the website Gunrightswatch.com and media reports.

2,905 borrowers in Alabama filed for student loan forgiveness in 2nd quarter

Borrowers in Alabama who sought forgiveness of their student loans in the second quarter of 2019 numbered 2,905, according to a new state-by-state analysis by the U.S. Department of Education.

$382.6 million in federal research dollars flowed to Alabama in FY 2018

Federal agency research dollars going to Alabama totaled $382.6 million in fiscal year 2018, according to a new analysis by the Research!America alliance.

Alabama received $2.8 million in public broadcasting funds last year

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting allocated $2,842,152 in fiscal-year 2018 to support public television and radio in Alabama, the 35th highest amount among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, CPB reported.

Alabama 2-year college students pay $4,760 in tuition and fees

Alabama two-year colleges charged students $4,760 in tuition and fees during the 2018-19 academic year, the 34th lowest cost among 49 states examined, the College Board said in a new report.

7 U.S. House members from Alabama make $174,000 annually

Each of the seven U.S. House of Representatives members representing Alabama draws an annual salary of $174,000, according to the Congressional Research Service.

Alabama 4-year university tuitions jumped 78.7% over 15 years

Alabama four-year public university tuition and fees went from $6,109 in 2004-05 to $10,918 in 2019-20, the 11th largest increase among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, the College Board said in a new report.

Alabama legislators make base salary of $48,123 per year

State lawmakers in Alabama now draw a base salary of $48,123 per year, in addition to travel outlays of 58 cents per mile, according to a recent study by the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Alabama community college tuitions jumped 31.8% over 15 years

Alabama two-year college tuition and fees at public institutions went from $3,695 in 2004-05 to $4,871 in 2019-20, the 13th smallest increase among 49 states studied, the College Board said in a new report.

Alabama governor makes annual salary of $120,395

The governor of Alabama now draws a yearly salary of $120,395, the 12th lowest salary among the governors of the 50 states, according to recently reported financial data and media reports.

NEA estimates Alabama K-12 schools spent $8 billion in 2018-19

Public schools in Alabama spent an estimated $8 billion during the 2018-19 academic year, a 0.3 percent decrease in expenditures over the previous year, according to a National Education Association report.

Alabama children in foster care numbered 5,930 last year

The number of youths in foster care in Alabama at the end of fiscal year 2018 stood at 5,930, a 5.3 percent increase over the previous fiscal year, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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