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Child poverty remains disturbingly high in Alabama, new Census data show
New Census Bureau data showing that more than one in four Alabama children lived in poverty in 2013 underscores the need for Alabama to do more to help families get ahead and to help children get a good start in life, ACPP executive director Kimble Forrister said Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. The state’s disturbingly high child poverty rate – 27 percent, or 3 percentage points higher than it was in 2007 – shows that many families still have not recovered from the Great Recession.
"If we want Alabama to be a better place to live and work, we must invest in our people and our communities," Forrister said. "Making it easier for people to move up the economic ladder not only helps struggling families, but it also makes the economy stronger for all of us."
Join us at the 2014 annual meeting!
Our members are our strength, and we expect a full, vibrant house at the 2014 annual meeting. ACPP's members will gather Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. John's A.M.E. Church in Montgomery (get directions here) to select our 2015 issue priorities. Six new proposals will compete with the five existing priorities for five slots on ACPP's issue roster. Review the issue priorities and proposals in the August 2014 newsletter here.
Both member groups and individual members can help select next year's priorities. Member groups in good standing can bring up to six representatives who can cast seven votes each, for a total of up to 42 votes per group. Individual members can cast five votes each. A member can vote as an individual or a group representative, but not both. Attendance is free, though we ask you to bring $10 for lunch if you can.
Arise Daily News Digest 9-18-2014
AL.COM - Out-of-state students outnumber Alabama residents at the University of Alabama.
AL.COM - Alabama one of three states picked by National Governors Association for Medicaid reform program.
AL.COM - Some retired workers disagree with Griffith about lottery money but still open to voting for him.
AL.COM - Why did feds sue Texas over voter ID law but not Alabama? Government lawyer explains.
AL.COM - Sen. Richard Shelby on Mark Fuller: 'I urge him to resign immediately'.
http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2014/09/new_income_poverty_estimates_s.html#incart_river">AL.COM - New income, poverty estimates show Alabama slow to recover; check out your county.
AL.COM - Alabama's attorney general is ignoring drug dealers and targeting 'little old ladies,' says rival candidate Joe Hubbard.
AL.COM - Bipartisan dislike: Atheist group flunks Sen. Jeff Sessions, barely passes Rep. Terri Sewell.
AL.COM – Columnist Mark McCarter: Domestic violence is NFL's PR problem, but it's a greater problem for the nation.
AL.COM - Former AEA chief Paul Hubbert says response from 'crisis' letter mostly positive.
AL.COM - Domestic violence in Alabama: Expert says don't ask why women stay, but why men hit.
AL.COM - Lottery: Parker Griffith said money must go for education needs only.
AL.COM - Judge Mark Fuller should 'do the right thing' and resign, Rep. Terri Sewell says.
AL.COM - Alabama auto industry healthier than Michigan's, says Athens State business professor.
AL.COM -Looking back, Gov. Robert Bentley says Alabama has 'accomplished more than any state' in the US.
AL.COM - Powerful Missouri Democrat Sen. Claire McCaskill joins in calls for the resignation of Judge Mark Fuller.
AL.COM - Alabama lawmaker considering bill to allow taxpayers to take cell phone photos of public records.
AL.COM - Voters crush the Democrats' last stronghold in Alabama: Days that changed Alabama politics.
AL.COM – Columnist Kyle Whitmire: How would Judge Fuller judge Judge Fuller? If like Siegelman, harshly.
AL.COM – Contributor Katherine Robertson: Need help understanding Alabama's budget system? Here's a breakdown.
ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER - Concentrated Poverty and Lack of Affordable Health Care Revealed in Census Survey
ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER - Bennett Announces that September is National Voter Registration Month
ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER - Contributor Jon Lieber: How to Help Alabama’s Small Businesses Succeed
WSFA - Columnist Ken Hare In Depth: The Ray Rice of federal judiciary should resign.
ANNISTON STAR - The Anniston Star: It's swell in Alabama.
ANNISTON STAR - The Anniston Star: An Alabama law ripped to shreds.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - Alagasco sues Advertiser to stop use of pipe safety plan.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - The Montgomery Advertiser: No fine line between discipline and abuse.
DOTHAN EAGLE - The Dothan Eagle: Gambling proceeds won’t solve budget woes.
WASHINGTON POST - What it feels like to lift your child out of poverty.
WASHINGTON POST – Contributor Jared Bernstein: By year four, economic recovery finally catches up to poverty rate — but not to median household income.
WASHINGTON POST - It’s time to bury the ‘death panel’ myth for good. Is this the way to do it?
WASHINGTON POST - Why California is so liberal and Alabama is so conservative.
WASHINGTON POST - The second quarter was tough on state revenues.
WASHINGTON POST - Columnist Robert Samuelson: America’s B-minus economy.
NEW YORK TIMES - Multinational Companies Court Lower-Income Consumers
NEW YORK TIMES – Contributor Michael Eric Dyson: Punishment or Child Abuse?
Medicaid expansion would be a huge plus for Alabama's working adults
The number of people without health care coverage in Alabama remained high in 2013, according to Census Bureau data released Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. More than one in five working-age Alabamians, and more than one in eight Alabamians overall, lacked health insurance last year. The state's uninsured rate showed no progress between 2012 and 2013.
Medicare, Medicaid and ALL Kids play a significant role in ensuring health coverage for children and seniors in Alabama. Nearly 96 percent of children were insured last year, as were almost all seniors. By expanding Medicaid to cover more people, Alabama could boost the number of low-income, working-age adults who have health insurance, ACPP executive director Kimble Forrister said.
"We have the chance to help those who can't afford health insurance receive the care they need at a very low cost to the state," Forrister said. "Medicaid expansion would be good for our residents, good for our hospitals and good for our economy. It would be a mistake to let this opportunity pass."
Alabama one of four states with no state-level EITC or minimum wage
Alabama is one of only four states with neither a state minimum wage nor a state-level Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), according to a recent report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), a nonprofit research organization in Washington, D.C. By adopting these two policies, which the CBPP calls "twin pillars of making work pay" for low-income families, Alabama could seize two powerful opportunities to boost consumer spending, reduce income inequality and lift thousands of families out of poverty.
"Too many working Alabamians can't afford basics like nutritious food, decent housing and reliable transportation because their wages are simply too low," ACPP executive director Kimble Forrister said. "A state EITC and a higher state minimum wage would allow hundreds of thousands of hard-working Alabamians to spend a little more at the grocery store or the drugstore. These policies also would make it easier to pay for quality child care, emergency car repairs and other things that allow people to keep working."
D.C. Circuit's move to rehear ACA case is good news for Alabama consumers
ACPP policy director Jim Carnes issued the following statement Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, in response to news that the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit will reconsider a ruling that premium tax credits under the Affordable Care Act don’t apply to consumers in Alabama and other states that don’t operate their own health insurance marketplaces:
“Everyone deserves access to affordable health coverage, no matter where they live. The D.C. Circuit’s announcement today means that protection may end up being recognized once and for all despite all the arguments that have thrown it into doubt. Already, more than 80,000 Alabamians have qualified for tax credits to lower their insurance premiums under the Affordable Care Act, and thousands more will get financial help with new coverage this fall. Today’s action indicates there is a growing consensus that the ACA is here to stay.”