ACPP news releases

Arise statement on proposed General Fund budget cuts

"Wednesday's budget hearings showed us a state moving backward. Our leaders talk of shared sacrifice, but they shut out any consideration of new revenue. The vision they offer of a 'broke' state simply hides the real culprit -- our broken tax system.

"A state budget is a moral document. The cuts we heard agency heads describe -- closing community mental health centers, freezing enrollment in children's health insurance, reducing court days, leaving forests more vulnerable to catastrophic fires, failing to preserve our history -- are immoral and deliberate. If Governor Bentley and the Legislature wanted to set a different course, they could take a balanced approach that blends careful cuts with new revenue. We can't cut our way to a better Alabama."

                                                                          -- Kimble Forrister, State Coordinator

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Arise calls for tax expenditure report in ethics reform

In testimony at a public hearing before the Alabama Legislature, Arise state coordinator Kimble Forrister called for adding a tax expenditure report to the slate of ethics reforms the body is considering in a special session. More than 40 states offer a one-stop list of who receives tax breaks, in what amount, and for what purpose, Forrister told lawmakers. "Like a state spending report, a tax expenditure report reveals our state's priorities -- and who stands to benefit."

Read Kimble's testimony here.

Arise Facebook challenge

We're fast approaching 1,000 fans on Facebook! Help us get there so we can celebrate.
Using our Handy Random Number Generator, we'll select a random fan to receive an Arise tote bag, an individual Arise membership for the fan or a friend, and more!
Visit the Arise Facebook page and share the link with your friends.

Do you know about alabamavotes.gov?

At www.alabamavotes.gov you can view a sample ballot for your county, and by clicking "My Polling Place" you can learn what district you're in for local, state and national elections.

Amendment 2: When your county renews a tax to fund your schools, should a majority prevail?

Property taxes to fund schools are allowed in Alabama counties by several constitutional amendments. There’s a 1-mill tax, three 3-mill taxes, and a five-mill tax, for a potential total of 15 mills. (A mill is 0.1 percent, or $1 for every $1,000 of the taxable value of your property.)

Every 20 or 30 years, you may get a chance to renew your education taxes. For most of the taxes, a majority vote will renew them. For the 1-mill tax, it takes a three-fifths vote.

Amendment 2 will permit the 1-mill tax to pass by a simple majority like the other taxes.

 

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