ACPP news releases

Alabama once again has highest state income tax for families in poverty

Alabama families living at the poverty line paid more in state income tax in 2011 than families living in any other state, according to an annual report released today by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), a nonprofit research group in Washington, D.C. Alabama also came within $100 of having the nation's lowest income tax threshold for a family of four last year, CBPP found.

"Low- and middle-income families in Alabama are paying more income taxes because the state has chosen to keep taxes low for the rich instead," ACPP executive director Kimble Forrister said.

Read news release here.

Do you have health insurance?

If you do, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will strengthen your coverage. If you don't, the ACA will help get you covered.

ACPP wants to help you understand how health care reform will benefit you and Alabama.

Read our invitation here.

Join us for Arise Lobby Day, Thurs., March 15!

From immigration to housing to health care, with budget cuts looming large, it's shaping up to be a dynamic legislative session for Arise issues. Make plans to bring a carload of citizen lobbyists to the 2012 Arise Lobby Day in Montgomery. Come to the State House and make your voice heard!

Get Lobby Day flyer here.


Alabama lags in job subsidy requirements, gas tax adequacy

Alabama fared poorly in two national studies released today on economic development subsidies and transportation funding, respectively. To find out more about Alabama's ratings in the Good Jobs First and Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy reports, read our news release.

Immigration law failing to reduce unemployment

Analysis of recent jobs numbers disproves the claims of those asserting that Alabama's new anti-immigration law is responsible for putting Alabamians to work. Althought the state's unemployment rate did improve by half a percentage point from September to October -- from 9.8 percent to 9.3 percent -- that bit of good news is tempered by the fact that it was primarily a result of fewer people looking for work.

Read news release here.

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