State Government

Paid to Upgrade: Modernizing Unemployment Insurance

Alabama could get a $100 million boost for unemployed workers simply by making some common-sense changes to the way we calculate unemployment benefits. Yet, for two years running, Alabama policymakers have declined the offer.

This fact sheet examines how our current unemployment system works and what's at stake in the proposed changes.

On the Brink: Alabama's Looming Budget Shortfalls

Public services in Alabama have weathered the economic storm better than in most other states, but they're far from invincible. Rainy day funds and federal relief money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) have helped the state avoid massive budget cuts thus far. But with the economy still slumping and the ARRA money running out, Alabama soon could find itself facing the same kind of deep budget cuts that other states are making.

This fact sheet examines the budgetary consequences of structural problems in the state's tax system.

Arise Bills of Interest 2009

The Alabama Legislature adjourned sine die on May 15, bringing the 2009 Regular Session to an end. More than 3,200 bills and resolutions were introduced during the 30-day session.

Read the final report on bills monitored by Arise this year.

Arise Bills of Interest 2008

The Alabama Legislature adjourned sine die on Monday, May 19, bringing the 2008 Regular Session to an end. The Legislature failed to approve an Education Trust Fund Budget for FY2009 and will convene in a special session upon the call of the Governor.

This document gives the final status of bills monitored by the ACPP staff during this session.

Arise Bills of Interest 2006

The Alabama Legislature adjourned sine die in the early morning hours of Tuesday, April 18, 2006.

This document gives the final status of bills that ACPP has tracked during this legislative session. The status of bills receiving final passage during this session is noted in bold print. 

Arise Bills of Interest 2007

The Alabama Legislature adjourned sine die on Thursday, June 7, bringing the 2007 Regular Session to an end.

This document gives the final status of those bills monitored by ACPP staff during the session.

Rainy Day Fund Amendment: What are the stakes?

Cut funding for public services now or borrow money and pay for them later? As the nation's economy continues to slide toward a recession, that's the choice Alabamians will face next month when they vote on the proposed Rainy Day Fund Amendment, listed as Amendment 1 on the Nov. 4, 2008, ballot.

This fact sheet examines the historical background that gave rise to the amendment, as well as the potential results of a positive or negative vote.

Money & Politics

While political contributions and free meals may not "buy" legislators' votes on specific issues, everyone agrees that such gifts do help gain access to lawmakers. Alabama law makes it easy to hide the source of such contributions from the public. Allowing undisclosed gifts creates a general perception that interest groups with ample funds enjoy greater influence than others.

This fact sheet  This fact sheet outlines proposed accountability and transparency legislation for 2007.

Budget Cuts Hurt Real Alabamians

Facing a shortfall of more than $250 million for Fiscal Year 2006, Alabama's leaders have once again failed to address the long-standing problems in the state's General Fund. The Governor has proposed a budget only $7.6 million larger than this year's patched-together, one-year solution.

This fact sheet This fact sheet outlines the impact of proposed budget cuts for FY 2006.

Governor Riley's 2009 Budget Priorities

What programs deserve top priority as Alabama's revenues fall next year? Will the state address the shortfall with budget cuts, tax increases or both? And just how big is the budget hole, anyway? Lawmakers are likely to spend most of the 2008 legislative session trying to answer those questions for the fiscal year 2009 budget. Their decisions could affect the quality and direction of state services for years to come. One set of suggested solutions is in the budgets Gov. Bob Riley submitted to the Legislature this month.

This fact sheet examines the governor's 2009 budget priorities.

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