ACPP news releases

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!

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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.

Alabama workers to feel recession's fallout for years, new ACPP report finds

Many of the pathways Alabamians traditionally have used to get ahead have become more difficult to travel in the wake of the Great Recession, according to The State of Working Alabama 2011, a new ACPP report released today. Falling median household income, stagnating wages and soaring college costs have made it tougher to climb the economic ladder through hard work or education, the report finds.

Read news release here.

Read full report here.

Income tax for Alabama family of four at poverty line climbs to $498

Two-parent families of four in Alabama owed $498 in state income tax on poverty-line earnings in 2010, by far the highest amount in the nation, according to an annual report released today by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), a nonprofit research group in Washington, D.C. The state's families also began to owe state income tax at the second lowest income level in the nation, the CBPP found.

Read news release here.

Read CBPP report here.

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