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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 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 9-23-2014
AL.COM - NRA endorses Gov. Robert Bentley in governor's race.
AL.COM - Gov. Bentley campaigns saying state is facing budget crisis but says little about solutions.
AL.COM - Revenues sluggish as state's budget year comes to end; debt repayments looming.
AL.COM – Columnist Cameron Smith: If we valued government like the iPhone, we would be lining up to pay taxes.
AL.COM - Record number of homeless students reported in Alabama schools.
AL.COM - University of Alabama officials address rampant rumors following threats of campus violence.
AL.COM - Rep. Mike Rogers, national figures call for resignation of Judge Mark Fuller.
AL.COM - Legislator plans to introduce 'Hiawayi Alert' to expedite missing children investigations.
AL.COM - Ineligible in Alabama: 75 percent of young people in state not fit for military service.
AL.COM - 7 quotable quotes from State Auditor candidate Jim Zeigler: Today's Alabama political update.
ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER - Unmasking the Jackals: Inside the AG Conspiracy
ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER - Budget Basics: the Legislature's Limits and Need for Reform
ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER – Sessions Says America is Not an Oligarchy
ALABAMA SCHOOL CONNECTION - How Much Is Too Much to Keep in the District’s General Fund?
(FLORENCE) TIMES DAILY - Moral Mondays spreads to state.
(FLORENCE) TIMES DAILY - The Times Daily: A need for new ideas.
TUSCALOOSA NEWS - Mercedes announces it will begin making hybrid cars.
ANNISTON STAR - Amendment would raise bar for unfunded mandates given to school districts.
ANNISTON STAR - The Anniston Star: Those lazy Americans, Boehner says.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - Judge delays ruling on Alagasco restraining order.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - Moral Monday speakers sharply critical of lawmakers.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - The Montgomery Advertiser: Small Business Commission: Practical approach better.
WASHINGTON POST - Southern states are now epicenter of HIV/AIDS in the U.S.
WASHINGTON POST - Does the United States need a Department of Homeland Security?
WASHINGTON POST - Happy ‘Unmarried and Single Americans Week’ to the 105 million single people in America.
WASHINGTON POST - Columnist Catherine Rampell: Crowding children out of government budgets.
WASHINGTON POST - Columnist Eugene Robinson: A climate summit with a worthy purpose.
WASHINGTON POST - The Washington Post: If a federal judge has committed domestic violence, Congress should impeach him.
NEW YORK TIMES North Carolina, in Political Flux, Battles for Its Identity.
NEW YORK TIMES - HealthCare.gov Is Given an Overhaul
New local health insurance data will help efforts to get more Alabamians covered
ACPP executive director Kimble Forrister issued the following statement Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released data showing the number of Alabamians in each ZIP code who signed up for insurance coverage on the Health Insurance Marketplace through April 19, 2014:
“We’re eager to see data showing which parts of Alabama saw the most residents sign up for Marketplace health coverage this year. These figures will be a great tool to help advocates know where to concentrate their efforts as they work in the coming months to help more Alabamians sign up for coverage in 2015.
“Thanks to the hard work of numerous health advocacy groups and trained volunteers, nearly 100,000 Alabamians signed up for Marketplace coverage. That easily topped the state’s goal for this year, and it’s a huge success story for the Affordable Care Act. These numbers will make it easier to identify coverage gaps and build on the success of this year’s enrollment drive in 2015.”
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."
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."