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Join us at the 2015 annual meeting!
Your voice matters! We expect a huge crowd at the 2015 Arise annual meeting. ACPP members will gather Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Montgomery (get directions here) to choose our 2016 issue priorities. New proposals will compete with four existing priorities for five slots on ACPP's issue roster.
Both member groups and individual members can help choose 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.
Click here to RSVP today. If you have questions about the event or your membership status, call us at 334-832-9060. We hope to see you there!
Arise Daily News Digest 7-4-2015
AL.COM - 'It sounded like dynamite': 16 earthquakes in Greene County since November.
AL.COM - Columnist John Archibald: Alabama truth: When you find a man making whiskey at the end of a dirt road ... stop!
AL.COM - As support for death penalty decreases nationally, where does Alabama stand?
AL.COM - One prescription every 4 minutes: Inside Mobile's national pill mill.
AL.COM – Contributor Mitch Reid: AG Strange should sober up, fight for Alabama, not against EPA.
AL.COM – Columnist Edward Bowser: The Confederate flag needed to come down. Monuments might be another story.
AL.COM – State Sen. Greg Reed: Alabama's history: Three generations of Bankheads were the state's shining stars.
AL.COM – Contributor Rob Peck: Dear Roy Moore, don't hurt and embarrass Alabama any further.
WSFA – Columnist Ken Hare In Depth: Leaders who forged nation risked everything.
ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER - Byrne Concerned BP Money May Not Go to Gulf Coast Communities
ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER - BP Settlement Brings Help for General Fund.
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS - Alabama Dept. of Revenue leader attempts to defend Netflix Tax
SALON - Robert Reich: Overtime might save the middle class.
SALON - What are the most (and least) patriotic states in America?
SALON - New report lays bare the horrific reality of youths detained in adult prisons.
FACING SOUTH - Contributor Gene Nichols: UNC Poverty Center closes, NC Poverty Research Fund opens
THE GUARDIAN - Contributor Barbara Kingsolver: A view from the south: let the Confederate flag go.
(FLORENCE) TIMES DAILY - Seniors fall prey to financial abuse.
TUSCALOOSA NEWS - Black politicians weigh in on complicated fight over famed Selma bridge's name.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - Baptist pastors protest same-sex marriage legalization.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - BP settlement: 'A good step forward'.
WASHINGTON POST - ‘Navigators’ for cancer patients: A nice perk or something more?
WASHINGTON POST - Why blacks see Dylann Roof as a terrorist and whites don’t.
WASHINGTON POST - Declining vaccine rates: Mostly a white problem.
NEW YORK TIMES - Views Clash Where Confederate Flags Fly
NEW YORK TIMES - Health Insurance Companies Seek Big Rate Increases for 2016
New revenue for a stronger Alabama
What makes a state strong? We likely all could agree on a few answers: healthy people, a dependable workforce, a stable government, safe streets and vibrant communities. But without new revenue to address a huge General Fund budget shortfall, Alabama will face devastating cuts to education, health care, public safety and other vital services that make shared prosperity possible.
If the Legislature can’t agree on new revenue to avoid these cuts, Alabamians would see thousands of lost jobs, a sharp decline in our state’s quality of life and a weaker future for years to come. Here’s a snapshot of what Alabama would look like if the cuts in a no-new-revenue General Fund budget become reality.
ACA ruling a huge win for affordable health care in Alabama
Arise Citizens’ Policy Project policy director Jim Carnes issued the following statement Thursday in response to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding Affordable Care Act tax credits in Alabama and other states:
“The Supreme Court’s decision is a huge victory for millions of Americans, including more than 170,000 Alabamians who have gained health coverage through the federal Marketplace. This ruling protects tax credits that make coverage more affordable for 132,000 Alabamians, and it protects all Americans from the soaring insurance costs that would have resulted from a decision the other way.
“With today’s ruling, health coverage for thousands of Alabama families is safe and sound. Now it’s time for Alabama to take the next step and close the Medicaid coverage gap for thousands more. Health reform is the law of the land, and our leaders should work to make sure it succeeds in providing access to affordable coverage for all Alabamians.”
2015 legislative update: What went well in 2015 -- and the challenges that remain for Alabama
It’s over! But it’s not over yet. After approving a wholly inadequate General Fund budget that would jeopardize our state’s future, the Alabama Legislature ended the 2015 regular session Thursday. But Gov. Robert Bentley vetoed that budget, and he will call lawmakers back for a special session on the budget later this summer.
Arise members celebrated some big victories this year, but major challenges still remain. Here’s a quick review of how Arise issues fared:
Budgets and taxes: None of Bentley’s revenue bills passed. Without new revenue, vital services like Medicaid and public safety face devastating cuts that would hurt Alabama’s quality of life for years to come. Just a few examples:
But there was some good news, too. Lawmakers overwhelmingly approved a bill to save money and give Alabamians more choices in Medicaid long-term care services. The state will have a powerful new tool – a “tax expenditure report” – to determine if tax breaks are worth the cost. And a new prison reform law will help save money and reduce overcrowding – but it only takes effect if the state funds it.
Ending Alabama’s lifetime SNAP ban: Alabamians can celebrate a big win for second chances! The prison reform bill includes language ending the state’s lifetime SNAP and TANF eligibility bans for people with a past felony drug conviction. Thousands of people can regain SNAP eligibility on Jan. 30, 2016, if the prison reform law gets the money required for it to take effect.
Alabama Accountability Act: The Legislature approved major changes to the act. The new version allows more money that would have supported public education to go to private schools instead – but it also includes some of Arise’s recommendations for greater accountability and transparency.
Housing Trust Fund: A bill to fund affordable housing in Alabama encountered powerful opposition and did not emerge from committee. Supporters plan to meet with opponents to seek agreement before the 2016 session.
Payday and title lending reform: In a big win for consumers, the Alabama Supreme Court ruled the state Banking Department can create a single statewide database of payday loans. But much work remains in the drive for a 36 percent interest rate cap: No bills to regulate payday or auto title loans passed, but public pressure for reform continues to grow.
The regular session is over, but Arise’s work continues. Stay tuned for updates as we prepare for this summer’s crucial debates over our state’s future. Together, we can build a better Alabama for all!
By Kimble Forrister, executive director. Posted June 4, 2015. Updated June 12, 2015.