Poverty rates in Alabama above national average

Arise Citizens' Policy Project executive director Kimble Forrister says two recent reports on the recession's impact in Alabama should be a "wake-up call to state policymakers." Using 2009-10 Census Bureau figures, Forrister said 16.9 percent of Alabamians were in poverty those two years.  A report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture said that 17.3 percent of the state's 1.8 million households between 2008 and 2010 had limited access to adequate food.

"For too many Alabama households, the family dinner table is a snapshot of the bleak economy," Forrister said. He advocated removing the state's 4 percent sales tax on groceries as a way to help Alabamians.

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