February 2nd, 2012
Alabama Immigration Law’s Cost: $11 Billion

A new study from researcher Samuel Addy from the Center for Business and Economic Research at the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration at The University of Alabama found that Alabama’s immigration law could potentially cost the state up to $11 billion. Addy writes:

The annual economic and fiscal impacts of the reduction in aggregate demand caused by  40,000-80,000 unauthorized immigrant workers who earn between $15,000 to $35,000 a year leaving the state are reductions of about (a) 70,000-140,000 jobs with $1.2-5.8 billion in  earnings, (ii) $2.3-10.8 billion in Alabama Gross Domestic Product (GDP) or 1.3-6.2 percent  of the state’s $172.6 billion GDP in 2010, (iii) $56.7-264.5 million in state income and sales  tax collections, and (iv) $20.0-93.1 million in local sales tax collections.

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