ACPP news releases

Lack of health insurance shortens Alabama lives, study shows

Nearly 6,000 uninsured Alabamians have died prematurely since 1994, the year Washington last attempted health care reform, according to a report released today by Families USA, a nonprofit health care consumer advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C.

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Recovery Act had huge Alabama impact in first year

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) has saved thousands of jobs and put money in the pockets of nearly all Alabama workers in the year since it became law, ACPP executive director Kimble Forrister said today on the one-year anniversary of ARRA's enactment.

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Black Alabamians face sharp unemployment rise

The labor market crisis is breaking national records each month, with no end in sight. In Alabama, the heaviest burden is falling on African American workers, who will face an unemployment rate of more than twice that White Alabamians in 2010, according to new projections from the Economic Polocy Institute (EPI), an independent research institute based in Washington, D.C.

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Recession ends 'decade of lost potential' for Alabama workers, report says

Soaring unemployment and a deep recession are capping off "a decade of lost potential" for many Alabama workers, according to The State of Working Alabama 2009, a new Arise Citizens' Policy Project report.

Years of solid productivity growth in Alabama have brought little change to the state's median wages or median household income since 2001. The shares of Alabamians who live in poverty or lack health insurance also have shown no appreciable declines in the last decade. The rising cost of college tuition poses problems for low- and middle-income workers, the study finds, as does a regressive tax system that makes them pay a larger share of their incomes in state and local taxes than people with higher incomes do.

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Alabama's tax system one of nation's most regressive, study shows

Low- and middle-income families in Alabama pay a far higher share of their incomes in state and local taxes than do the state's top earners, according to an updated report released today by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research group based in Washington, D.C.

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