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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 7-28-2015
AL.COM - Birmingham has lowest gas prices in US, report says.
AL.COM - Alabama tightens law restricting mentally ill from buying guns.
AL.COM - Mobile agrees to $7.1 million settlement with BP for lost tax revenue.
AL.COM - Wayne Teague, who served as state school superintendent 20 years, dies.
AL.COM - Gov. Robert Bentley says Guard members at recruiting stations will be armed.
AL.COM - Aderholt opponent Phil Norris doesn't live in district, but he doesn't have to.
AL.COM - BP must pay municipal settlements from 2010 oil spill within 30 days, judge says.
AL.COM - Alabama online driver license renewal: Your questions answered.
AL.COM - Six questions with House Speaker Mike Hubbard about the Alabama budget.
AL.COM – Columnist Kyle Whitmire: How many special sessions is this going to take?
AL.COM - Alabama businesses hope to nip beverage tax in the bud.
AL.COM - Civil rights martyr killed in Alabama gets stone carving at National Cathedral.
AL.COM - Healthy Food Financing a positive step for Alabama - needs funding to be successful.
AL.COM – Contributor Allen Keller: Message to the GOP: Don't want Hillary? Then be scared of Trump.
ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER - Stalemate Continues Despite Public Posturing
ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER - Pittman Sponsors Bentley’s Beachfront Boondoggle
ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER - Ford Says Democrats Willing To Help Solve Budget Crisis
ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER - Palmer Co-Sponsors Legislation to Repeal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS - Alabama leads nation in this deadly childbirth statistic.
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS - Perspective: Alabamians own more guns than the entire nation of Spain
(FLORENCE) TIMES DAILY - Federal judge to issue ruling Friday on pregnant inmate's request for abortion.
TUSCALOOSA NEWS - Bentley appointed to vice chair of the National Governors Association's education and workforce committee.
TUSCALOOSA NEWS - UWA approves tuition increase.
ANNISTON STAR - Five things we know about the FICA tax deduction.
ANNISTON STAR - The Anniston Star: Our past, future with gun violence.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - Roby bill would give VA new takeover authority.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - Elmore commissioner claims AG investigation is political.
DOTHAN EAGLE - The Dothan Eagle: Smart plans require funding.
WASHINGTON POST - Lafayette shooter able to buy gun because he was never involuntarily committed.
WASHINGTON POST - Lee backs down from Obamacare amendment, after staffer e-mails outside groups.
WASHINGTON POST - Gun control? Americans increasingly see more guns as the solution, not the problem.
WASHINGTON POST - House won’t vote on Senate highway bill, putting trust fund at risk.
WASHINGTON POST - Columnist Dana Milbank: Washington forgets the art of friendship.
NEW YORK TIMES - Push to Scale Back Sentencing Laws Gains Momentum
NEW YORK TIMES - Problems Plague System to Check Gun Buyers
NEW YORK TIMES - How Changing Attitudes Went Along With a Drop in Calories
Lawmakers should focus on a General Fund budget that will make Alabama stronger
ACPP policy director Jim Carnes issued the following statement Friday, July 10, 2015, in response to Gov. Robert Bentley’s call for a special session on the General Fund budget:
“Alabama is at a crossroads. The path we choose now could define our state for a generation. As lawmakers consider the General Fund budget in the coming weeks, we urge them to choose a path that will make Alabama stronger.
“Alabamians need a budget that protects children, seniors and our most vulnerable neighbors. Important services like Medicaid, mental health care and public safety make Alabama a better place to live and work. But these services have been cut to the bone in recent years, and even deeper cuts are not the way to repair the damage. It’s time to stop the cuts and invest in a stronger Alabama.”
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
ACPP policy director Jim Carnes issued the following statement Thursday, June 25, 2015, 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.”