ACPP in the News

Lawmakers split on path to tax threshold "fairness"

Birmingham News article

SomeĀ legislators say Alabama should once again raise the income thresholds at which people start paying state income taxes, levels that are at or near the lowest in the nation.

Raising the threshold would help ease the tax burden on families whose incomes fall below the federal poverty.

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Tell it to Alabama: More signs of tax inequity

Anniston Star editorial

Republican leaders in Alabama want people to focus on the tangible effects of the state's low-tax mentality. Low taxes mean more incoming industries, jobs and prosperity.

Tell that to a poverty-stricken family whose state income taxes are high because they happen to live in Alabama, which taxes low-income families at a higher rate than any other state.

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Alabama tax system holding state back

(Talladega) Daily Home article

According to a recent national study, the state that usually ranks at the bottom of the list nationally actually tops one list. Unfortunately, it's a list of states that place high tax burdens on their poorest citizens.

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Mixed messages

(Scottsboro) Daily Sentinel

Alabama residents and businesses overall pay less in state and local taxes than their peers in other states, according to preliminary U.S. Census data.

But the story doesn't end there. Just days after the data was released a national study by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities showed Alabamians living in poverty pay higher income taxes than any other state.

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National study finds Alabama's poorest pay more income tax than poor of other states

Birmingham News article

A national study released Wednesday showed Aabama makes families living in poverty pay higher income taxes than any other state.

The study by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities comes a few days after a U.S. Census report showed Alabama residents and businesses overall pay less in state and local taxers than their counterparts in any other state.

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Economy swallows benefits as well as jobs

Montgomery Advertiser article

Many people lose their health insurance when they lose their jobs, and during the first eight months of the year this was true in few states more than it was in Alabama, according to a new report. The report by Families USA, a nonprofit health care advocacy group, ranked Alabama sixth in the country among the percentage of adults left without health insurance after losing their jobs.

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Unemployment costs 82,900 more Alabamians their health coverage in 2009

Birmingham News article

An estimated 82,900 Alabama adults under age 65 have lost health coverage this year due to the state's sharply rising unemployment, according to a report released Tuesday by Families USA.

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Alabama groups target predatory lenders

Montgomery Advertiser article

Anti-poverty groups are laying the groundwork to crack down on short-term lenders who charge exorbitant rates for their loans. The Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, Inc., Arise Citizens' Policy Project, the Alabama Poverty Project and AARP Alabama joined forces Thursday to sponsor a summit on the high cost of credit for low-income residents in the state and what can be done to protect consumers.

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Disputed census figures show drop in Alabama poverty

(Florence) Times Daily article

More people moved above the poverty line in Alabama in 2008 than in any state in the country, according to U.S. Census figures that advocates for the poor said Wednesday were outdated. The numbers were gathered in 2008 and reflect "the calm before the storm" of the recession hit the state, said Kimble Forrister, director of Alabama Arise. At the time, the state's unemployment rate was better than the rest of the nation, Forrister said.

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Compared to other spending, public option is affordable

Huntsville Times article

He said it might be a moot point, but Alabama Arise state coordinator Kimble Forrister stopped in Huntsville Sunday to share his understanding of what a government-run health insurance option would mean to taxpayers.

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