ACPP news releases

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.

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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.

 

Recession leaves higher poverty, lower median income in Alabama

Poverty ticked up and median household income fell in Alabama last year amid the deepest economic downturn since the Great Depression, new U.S. Census Bureau data released today show. And if Alabama lawmakers look to solve the state's looming budget shortfalls solely through service cuts and layoffs, high poverty and economic sluggishness could persist for years, ACPP executive director Kimble Forrister said.

Read news release.

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