ACPP news releases

Statement by Arise state coordinator Kimble Forrister on President Obama's deficit reduction plan

"President Obama's plan to put our nation's budget on a more sustainable path gets two big things right. It would take a balanced approach of both spending cuts and significant new revenues, asking corporations and wealthy Americans to share in the sacrifice. It also would shield children, seniors and low-income families from the bulk of the cuts, a wise move during a time of historically high poverty."

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Affordable Housing Trust Fund leads Arise 2012 policy agenda

A plan to create affordable housing for low-income and homeless Alabamians will top Alabama Arise's legislative agenda in 2012. Arise members set goals for the coming year at the organization's annual meeting Saturday in Montgomery. The group also voted to work for repeal of Alabama's new anti-immigration law, considered the harshest in the nation.

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Recession leaves more Alabamians uninsured, in poverty, Census data show

The Great Recession has left more Alabamians in poverty and without health insurance coverage, new Census Bureau data released today suggest. But those already-high numbers could climb even higher in coming years if Alabama does not provide adequate funding for Medicaid, education and other programs that help low-income people improve their lives, ACPP executive director Kimble Forrister said.

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Only the beginning

Thousands of families across Alabama and neighboring states are hurting in the wake of the April 27 storms. Their lives -- and the cities, towns and countryside they call home -- will bear the scars of this deadly event for decades.

As survivors go about the heavy task of burying loved ones, taking stock and adjusting to a new reality, we're reminded that, in one sense, natural disasters are no respecters of persons. The more than 200 Alabamians who died include people of all ages, from all sectors of society. The dwellings destroyed range from substandard apartments to luxury vacation homes. Lost businesses likewise span the economic and social spectrum. Thousands of people from different backgrounds share these losses with equal shock and grief.

And yet, the lasting damage will not be equal. Though no lost life can be restored or replaced, some lost homes can, and some lost livelihoods, and some lost daily routines. Others cannot. For many survivors who lack the safety net of insurance or employment, who live from paycheck to paycheck, who face the daily challenges of old age or disability, the storms of April may never go away.

In the days ahead, it will be our collective responsibility, through public and private efforts, to address emergency needs for health care, food, clothing and shelter. We must also uphold a broader responsibility, looking beyond immediate need to long-term policy decisions that protect the most vulnerable Alabamians and give them a hand up as they attempt to rebuild their lives.

Medicaid seeks to ease disruption of services

Alabama Medicaid has implemented emergency procedures to ensure access to covered services for recipients affected by the storms.

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