ACPP in the News

Advocates: Shelby helped keep payday loan cap off bill

Decatur Daily article

President Barack Obama signed a law Wednesday that supporters hailed as the most sweeping oversight reform of the country's financial industry since the Great Depression.

Absent from the new Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Law were controls that consumer protection advocates pushed for the payday loan industry.

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Cleburne received $5,736,728 in recovery funds

Cleburne News article

According to a recent report issued by Arise Citizens' Policy Project, Cleburne County has been the recipient of $5,736,728 in federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act payments.

The money includes the Making Work Pay tax credits, Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program benefit increases and Emergency Unemployment Compensation.

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Failed jobs bill could hurt Alabama

Cleburne News article

Kimble Forrister, executive director of the Arise Citizens' Policy Project, saysthe failure last week of the U.S. Senate to pass a jobs bill could hurt Alabama.

Forrister said, "The Senate's failure to pass jobs legislation Thursday will force budget cuts in Alabama. As a result of that inaction, the state will lose out on almost $200 million in federal assistance that lawmakers were counting on for next year's General Fund budget."

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Insurance sign-up begins for those with known issues

Decatur Daily article

Adult Alabamians denied health insurance coverage because of pre-existing conditions can begin signing up for a new federal insurance program. Enrollment forms for the federal government's Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan became available online Thursday.

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Rental ordinance has property owners at odds

Anniston Star article

A new law championed by a group of Anniston residents that requires inspections of vacant rentals before new occupants move in is getting a test before it even goes into effect.

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Gov. Bob Riley, Alabama delegation split on Medicaid funds

(Mobile) Press-Register article

Although Gov. Bob Riley is counting on added federal money to keep Alabama's Medicaid program fully afloat in the upcoming fiscal year, he's getting little support from his fellow Republicans in Congress, including those in Alabama's delegation.

On Thursday, Sens. Jeff Sessions, R-Mobile, and Richard Shelby, R-Tuscaloosa, voted to shelve a spending package that would have brought Alabama Medicaid about $133 million, according to one outside forecast.

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U.S. Senate inaction costs state Medicaid program nearly $200 million

Huntsville Times article

The Republican-led defeat of a jobs-related bill in the U.S. Senate Thursday knocked a nearly $200 million hole in Alabama's 2011 General Fund Budget.

In addition to extending jobless benefits to millions of out of work around the nation, the bill would have included roughly $197 million for Alabama's Medicaid Agency and Medicaid programs in 29 other states.

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Housing a major cost for low-income residents in South

Montgomery Advertiser article

The southern United States has the second highest incidence of very low-income people spending more than half their monthly income in rent or living in substandard conditions, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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Is fixing Alabama's tax system socialism, or fairness?

Birmingham News editorial

Joe Sixpack makes $1,200 a month. He pays $122 in state and local taxes from that $1,200.

Joseph Lafite Rothschild IV brings home $36,000 a month, or $1,200 a day. He pays $48 in state and local taxes from that $1,200.

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Only in Alabama

Birmingham News editorial

Alabama stands atop two national rankings. Auburn fans should be upset. But so should fans of the Crimson Tide.

Obviously, we're not talking BCS and AP pre-season college football rankings. Instead, we're talking about two seemingly contradictory rankings of the state's tax system that expose just how screwy it is.

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