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Arise Daily News Digest 7-23-2014
AL.COM - State superintendent explains low test scores, says new standards are the answer.
AL.COM - Alabama State University president responds Gov. Bentley's request that two trustees step down.
AL.COM - Immigrants are only taking jobs Americans don't want? Not so, says U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks.
AL.COM - More than 83,000 Alabamians could lose insurance under appeals court Obamacare ruling.
AL.COM - Carly's Law: Bentley, supporters gather in Pelham to praise bill's passage.
AL.COM - "To cripple Obamacare" -- Alabama Attorney General proud of his role after court ruling today.
AL.COM - Court strikes down key Affordable Care Act provision, says federal exchange can't subsidize premiums.
AL.COM - Did court cripple Obamacare? Dueling rulings mean more legal battles to come.
AL.COM - Gov. Robert Bentley says he's 'proud of progress' Alabama making in employment.
AL.COM – Columnist Kyle Whitmire: Job numbers again show Bentley isn't getting the job done.
ALABAMA SCHOOL CONNECTION - Protecting Student Privacy: FERPA and PPRA Notification Requirements
ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER - Under Leading GOP Plan, 1 in 5 AL Public Sector Jobs to be Cut
ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER - State Will Pay Universal Records Thousands for “Sweet Home Alabama” Rights
ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER - Democrats Hope to Make Case for Medicaid Expansion
DECATUR DAILY - Micky in the money: Decatur state lawmaker still receiving pay hike.
TUSCALOOSA NEWS - Payday loan business in former Krystal draws complaints, but Northport officials say store is within its rights.
ANNISTON STAR - State job growth lagging behind the nation.
ANNISTON STAR - The Anniston Star: In the courts, again, with Obamacare.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - In movie theater, a call against Common Core.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - ASU trustees don’t have funds to go to area retreat.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - Columnist Josh Moon: Our tax system punishes poor.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - The Montgomery Advertiser: ASU trustees must end conflicts.
SENATE SKETCHES - “Senate Sketches,” Sen. Hank Sanders’ weekly message to his constituents.
WASHINGTON POST - Federal appeals courts issue contradictory rulings on health-law subsidies.
WASHINGTON POST - Paul Ryan to unveil anti-poverty plan.
WASHINGTON POST - The impact of today’s Obamacare ruling — in four maps.
WASHINGTON POST - The Washington Post: D.C. Circuit Court ruling on Obamacare was wrong — but the 4th Circuit got it right.
WASHINGTON POST - Contributor Tom Goldstein: Why Obamacare probably isn’t doomed.
NEW YORK TIMES - Off Alabama’s Beaten Path, Tribute to a Native American’s Journey Home
NEW YORK TIMES - Rulings on Health Law Are Far From Last Word
NEW YORK TIMES - After Health Law Rulings, Here Are Possible Next Steps
NEW YORK TIMES - Principals in U.S. Are More Likely to Consider Their Students Poor
NEW YORK TIMES – The New York Times: An Ominous Health Care Ruling
The Basics: Alabama's Meager but Vital TANF Program
The cost of living has increased in the last two decades, but federal money for temporary cash aid for very low-income families has not kept up. The federal government in 1997 froze its allocations for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, informally known as welfare. Since then, the number of families receiving benefits has plummeted in Alabama and nationwide, even as needs mounted during the Great Recession. Years of inflation also have eroded the buying power of Alabama's already meager benefits.
Fewer Alabama families are receiving TANF aid, and those benefits don't go nearly as far as they once did. This fact sheet by ACPP policy analyst Carol Gundlach details TANF's origins and structure, examines its eligibility requirements and considers how the program could do a better job of helping low-income Alabamians endure tough times.
7-10-14 ACPP Report
Lead article: Prison reform takes center stage
The Basics: Child Nutrition Programs in Alabama
Many hungry children miss out on far more than regular meals. Hunger can do serious, long-term harm to a child's health and ability to learn, and childhood hunger is a bigger challenge in Alabama than in most other states. More than one in four of the state's children live in families with incomes below the poverty level, and more than one in five Alabama families with children say they have trouble putting enough food on the table.
Three key child nutrition programs -- the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program and the Summer Food Service Program -- have been shown to help improve children's health and ability to learn. This fact sheet by ACPP policy analyst Carol Gundlach examines what these programs mean for hundreds of thousands of Alabama children and considers some ways the programs could serve even more hungry children.
Out of Step: Alabama's Unusual State Tax State system -- 2014 update
Taxes are the tools that Americans use to pay for education, public health, transportation and other elements of the common good. But in Alabama, the tax system is upside down, with low- and middle-income people paying twice the share of their income in state and local taxes that the top 1 percent pay.
This updated fact sheet looks at the different ways that states collect revenues to pay for public services and examines some of the differences that place Alabama's tax system out of line with the way most other states do things.
Special enrollment periods for health coverage
Initial open enrollment for coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace has ended, but you still may be able to sign up for a plan. Alabamians who experience certain life events may qualify for a Special Enrollment Period without waiting until the next open enrollment (Nov. 15, 2014, through Feb. 15, 2015).
This issue brief looks at the life changes and other opportunities that may allow people to enroll in Marketplace coverage throughout the year.