ACPP in the News

Group says state can pull out of poverty

The Great Recession continues to leave its mark on Alabama with more people living in poverty and fewer people with safety net resources such as health insurance, according to a new U.S. Census Bureau study.

Kimble Forrister and Jim Carnes of Arise said if Alabama funds safety net programs such as health insurance through Medicaid and invests more in education, the poor can pull out of poverty and help grow the economy.

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One in six Alabama households lacked food security in 2010, report finds

The number of Alabama households uncertain of having enough food every day is on the rise, according to a report released this week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The annual report, Household Food Security in the United States in 2010, finds that 17.3 percent, or one in six, of Alabama's 1.8 million households experienced limited access to adequate food because of a lack of a money or other resources between 2008 and 2010, a condition the agency describes as "food insecurity."

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Poverty's price in Alabama

The voices of groups such as Alabama Arise, which advocates on behalf of low-income residents, carry weight, particularly when pursuing sensible options such as revamping the state's upside-down tax structure to help those with little. That Sen. Del Marsh, R-Anniston, said Arise "is a group that is always unhappy with the tax structure of Alabama" sounded a bit shrill and, yet, correct. Alabama Arise is unhappy with the tax structure because it needs revamping.

This Anniston Star editorial addresses concerns raised by the new Kids Count report and other perspectives on poverty in Alabama.


Jefferson County agony means higher borrowing costs for Alabama taxpayers

Local governments in Alabama, where thousands of highways and bridges are overdue for repairs, face higher borrowing costs for public projects as Jefferson County debates filing the nation's biggest municipal bankruptcy.

This Bloomberg News story features comments from ACPP policy analyst Chris Sanders.

Poverty source of problems affecting Alabama children, report says

Three years after recession took hold of the nation, Alabama has had a hard time dealing with the consequences. A report released last week details 10 statistics illustrating that consequences may be even more difficult for the state's children.

This Anniston Star article about the Kids Count report features comments from ACPP communications director Jim Carnes.

Alabama legislators consider welfare drug testing

Florida's new law requiring welfare applicatns to take drug tests may get copied by Alabama, much like Arizona's immigration law did. Republican legislators say they are working on bills similiar to Florida's for the GOP-led Legislature to consider in its regular session starting Feb. 7, and they are optimistic some version will pass.

This Associated Press story features comments from ACPP communications director Jim Carnes.

Lobby for the poor won't make any politician richer

The decidedly unglamorous offices of a nonprofit called Alabama Arise sit near the bottom of the hill crowned by the Alabama Capitol, the seat of state power, money and influence. Alabama Arise is in effect a poor people's lobby, an organization established to represent the interests of the state's long underrepresented (politically, if not demographically) working poor. And among its many legislative efforts is the campaign to "untax" groceries.

This (Columbus, Ga.) Ledger-Enquirer article highlights the work of our sister 501(c)(4)organization, Alabama Arise.

National project highlights Alabama issues

Equal Voice, a national campaign to identify concerns of low-income families and develop policy solutions, is featuring several Alabama stories in its online newspaper. When you click on the links below, browse the site for related coverage.

Read about Alabama's harsh new immigration law here and about the challenges of tornado relief here.

In poverty, still taxed

Glasses clink and guffaws abound as local residents in Alabama's highest income tax bracket gather at a local eater. Unlike their bourgeois counterparts in Mountain Brook or the Anniston Country Club, however, these patricians are all wearing nametags. They work at Betty's Bar-B-Q.

This Anniston Star article, featuring analysis by ACPP's Chris Sanders, examines Alabama's effectively flat income tax rate, which has gone unchanged for generations.

Bill aims to give a boost to low-income families who build savings

The state Legislature may pass a bill this week that would allow low-income families to triple their savings of up to $2,000 for specific, self-improving purposes. The bill also stipulates that participants must pass financial education classes.

This Huntsville Times article highlights the efforts of Rep. Mike Ball, R-Madison, to pass the Individual Development Account (IDA) bill.

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