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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 8-2-2015
AL.COM - Alabama is losing its rural hospitals.
AL.COM - Robert Bentley: I expect legislative leaders to step up, fund services for people of Alabama.
AL.COM - Shifts in public support for arts and culture institutions stirs doubts.
AL.COM - To be or not to be a charter school authorizer; that's the risky question for school boards.
ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER - Testimony Says Former Chief Deputy Directed Secret Recordings
ANNISTON STAR - Budget cuts could devastate Alabama’s already-strapped environmental agency.
(FLORENCE) TIMES DAILY - Lawmakers work on budget plan as session looms.
(FLORENCE) TIMES DAILY - Handguns join hymnals in church services.
(FLORENCE) TIMES DAILY - The Times Daily: Unified budget is not the answer to state's revenue woes.
DECATUR DAILY - Taxpayers foot bill for prosecution, defense in capital murder cases.
DECATUR DAILY - State wants fewer students in remedial courses.
ANNISTON STAR - Scholars say a Calhoun County man was wrongly executed. But where does the true story end and fiction begin?
ANNISTON STAR - Editor Bob Davis: The no-tax pledge in Alabama.
ANNISTON STAR - Contributor Clayton Lewis: The uncomfortable reality of Atticus.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - 6 questions as the Legislature returns.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - March to nation’s Capitol begins.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - Walking the footsteps of history.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - Columnist Josh Moon: Bice’s pleas likely fell on deaf ears.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - The Montgomery Advertiser: Will legislators opt for just another fiscal patch?
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - Contributor Jon Broadway: Set timetable for better bus service in Montgomery.
DOTHAN EAGLE - The Dothan Eagle: Lawmakers must do no harm.
WASHINGTON POST - White House set to adopt sweeping curbs on carbon pollution.
WASHINGTON POST - New EPA rule on greenhouse gases the latest blow to King Coal.
WASHINGTON POST - Democrats are heavily dependent on the black vote. That’s an opportunity for the GOP.
NEW YORK TIMES - Chinese Textile Mills Are Now Hiring in Places Where Cotton Was King
NEW YORK TIMES - The Continuing Reality of Segregated Schools
NEW YORK TIMES – The New York Times: Congress Should Look Beyond the Gas Tax
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.”