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Daniel Sutter: A history lesson for our state parks

Last year’s budget fight threatened many Alabama State Parks with closure. In addition to budget cuts, $15 million in park revenues have been transferred...

Daniel Sutter: How to overcrowd prisons

Alabama’s prisons house 24,000 inmates, but were designed to hold 13,000. The legislature’s 2015 sentencing reforms should reduce this overcrowding some, but a federal...

Daniel Sutter: Unintended consequences of Uber

The disruption of established taxi markets by ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft is bringing financial ruin to some in the industry. The consequences...

Daniel Sutter: The complicated case of ignition switches

Does government make better decisions than business? A first trial from the General Motors ignition switch recall begins this week in New York, and...

Daniel Sutter: Making good decisions about risk

Can Americans make good decisions about risks to life and limb? Many policy experts don’t think so. Although there are challenges, I think that...

Daniel Sutter: New Year’s reflections from “A Christmas Story”

We typically reflect at year’s end on the many events, good and bad, over the past 12 months. I hope that 2015 brought more good...

Daniel Sutter: On Christmas and economic stimulus

Christmas generates significant economic activity. The American Research Group estimated that Americans would spend an average of $880 on gifts this season, which implies...

Daniel Sutter: Economic freedom in Alabama: no advance or retreat

The Fraser Institute this week released the 2015 edition of the Economic Freedom of North America, and Alabama’s economic freedom score remained unchanged. Like...

Daniel Sutter: The U.S. hurricane drought

Last weekend marked ten years since Hurricane Wilma struck Florida as a Category 3 storm on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane intensity scale. Wilma was the...

Daniel Sutter: Water worries

Decades of political management of our nation’s water resources are exacerbating the impacts of California’s ongoing drought. Government control of water has imposed an...



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