Alabama at the Crossroads: An Economic Guide to a Fiscally Sustainable Future

Alabama currently lags behind its regional neighbors and the nation in economic growth and performance. For example, Alabama’s per capita personal income is $2,800 below the average of the rest of the states in its region and it ranks 45th in Forbes’s “Best States for Business.” This is because of Alabama’s poor performance in connection with several indicators of economic freedom, particularly its overspending, excessive regulation, and high public employment.

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