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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 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 8-21-2014
AL.COM - Alabama prison boss gives vote of confidence to embattled inmate health care firm.
AL.COM - State admits to delaying income tax refunds, but you may understand the reason.
AL.COM - Health insurance plan for Alabama state employees mostly unchanged for next year.
AL.COM - See which Alabama businesses landed on Inc. 5000 fastest-growing private companies list.
AL.COM - Alabama judge who presided over Siegelman, Scrushy trials entering treatment after domestic violence arrest.
AL.COM - Most teachers still support Common Core, but support may be waning.
AL.COM – Columnist Kyle Whitmire: It's not just Ferguson, it's what's brewing for the rest of America that should scare us.
AL.COM - Parker Griffith says Gov. Robert Bentley ducking debates, county commissioners group tells different story.
AL.COM - How to fix Alabama prison overcrowding? Here are ideas that have worked elsewhere.
AL.COM - Alabama regs too strict for turbines, says lawyer for wind energy developer.
AL.COM - Black infants are dying less than ever before in Alabama.
AL.COM - Baxter International to add 200 jobs in $300 million expansion of Opelika plant.
AL.COM - Report: Alabama roads cost drivers $3.1 billion each year.
AL.COM - Another Clinton in the White House? No way, says head of Alabama's Republican Party.
AL.COM - Alabama's been through 3 recessions since 2005 while the U.S. only had 1.
AL.COM - Here's what Parker Griffith says he would do if the Legislature repeals Common Core.
AL.COM - Alabama 'sovereign citizen' finds out he's not so sovereign after all: Today in state politics.
AL.COM – Columnist Charles Dean: The Alabama Democratic Party has reaffirmed its leadership and that's not good.
ALABAMA POLITTICAL REPORTER - Rainy Day Patriots Denounce Bice Pay Raise
(FLORENCE) TIMES DAILY - State’s infant mortality rate declines.
DECATUR DAILY - Talks of GE sale resurrect stimulus questions.
WELD - Poverty and education.
GADSDEN TIMES - Lawmaker challenging prosecutors in perjury case.
ANNISTON STAR - The Anniston Star: Bice's big payday.
ANNISTON STAR - The Anniston Star: Angry words from Griffith.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - The Montgomery Advertiser: Jobless numbers telling.
DOTHAN EAGLE - The Dothan Eagle: Alabama box office boffo.
WASHINGTON POST - All but two states saw economic growth in the last quarter of 2013.
NEW YORK TIMES – Columnist Charles Blow: Constructing a Conversation on Race
ALBAMA SCHOOL CONNECTION - Budget Hearing Dates: Help Wanted!
The Basics: WIC Saves Lives, Prevents Malnutrition
Congress established WIC in the 1970s to try to reduce disturbingly high infant death rates, and the program has been a success story ever since. Infant mortality rates in Alabama and nationwide have fallen by nearly two-thirds since the creation of the program officially known as the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children.
WIC has saved tens of thousands of lives and improved the health of hundreds of thousands, all while pumping billions of dollars a year into the economy. But WIC also sometimes runs out of money and has to remove participants until the next budget year. This fact sheet by ACPP policy analyst Carol Gundlach looks at what makes WIC so effective and considers some of the near-term challenges that may lie ahead for the program.
Statewide payday loan database a good first step for Alabama consumers
Arise Citizens’ Policy Project executive director Kimble Forrister issued the following statement Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, after a Montgomery circuit judge’s dismissal of a lawsuit against the state Banking Department’s proposal to create a statewide common database of payday loans in Alabama:
“We’re excited about this week’s ruling. A statewide payday loan database will make it possible to enforce current limits on how much payday loan debt a borrower can have at one time. That will help protect vulnerable borrowers from racking up thousands of dollars in high-interest debt, and it’ll help slow the drain of millions of dollars from our state’s retail economy.
“Alabama still needs to reduce interest rates on payday loans. It’s outrageous that our state condones an interest rate of 456 percent APR on these loans. But a statewide database is a good first step toward protecting borrowers and communities from the high costs of high-interest loans.”
Report: Alabama's process to estimate revenues lags those of other states
Alabama should improve the way it estimates revenues to create a more fiscally responsible budget, according to a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), a nonprofit research organization in Washington, D.C. In the report's evaluation of how states estimate annual revenues, Alabama scored only a 1 on a scale of zero to five because it lacks some practices that Kentucky, Louisiana and other states use to help create strong estimates to guide state spending on education, health care, public safety and other vital public services.
"Our state's revenue estimating process has room for improvement," ACPP executive director Kimble Forrister said. "Lawmakers should reform it to improve fiscal discipline and create a more robust debate about how Alabama raises and spends money."
Most Alabamians who would benefit from Medicaid expansion are working
Nearly 185,000 uninsured Alabamians working in a range of important jobs could gain health coverage if Alabama closed its Medicaid coverage gap, according to a new report released by ACPP and Families USA. That number is more than half of the 342,000 low-income Alabamians who could gain access to affordable health coverage through Medicaid expansion, the report finds.
"Too many hard-working Alabamians are caught in the coverage gap," ACPP policy director Jim Carnes said. "These are the people all around us who keep things going. Without coverage, they often struggle to work while health problems sap their productivity, add stress to their households and get worse without timely care. Imagine what a difference regular health care could make for families' lives, for our workforce and for our economy."