ACPP news releases

Alabama's income tax threshold is second lowest, report finds

Low-income families in Alabama owe state income tax at one of the lowest incomes in the country and pay the nation's highest income tax bill on poverty-line earnings, according to a new report released today by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research group based in Washington, D.C.

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Lost jobs mean lost health coverage for 82,900 Alabamians in 2009

Approximately 82,900 adults in Alabama have lost health insurance coverage in 2009 because of the state's rising unemployment, according to a report issued today by the Washington, D.C.-based health consumer organization Families USA and Arise Citizens' Policy Project.

"Losing a job is a huge blow to working families," ACPP executive director Kimble Forrister said. "Because that also usually means losing health insurance, it's a double whammy. That's why health reform is so important. It will protect families from losing coverage when they lose or change jobs."

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Read full report, "One-Two Punch: Unemployed and Uninsured."

2008 poverty data 'the last good news' before recession

Alabama's poverty rate dropped between 2007 and 2008, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures released Sept. 29. But ACPP executive director Kimble Forrister said the good news is tempered by the fact that the data were collected before the full effects of the recession hit Alabama late last year. Since December 2008, the state's unemployment rate has increased by 60 percent.

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Summit to address high-cost credit in Alabama

As the economy stretches family budgets ever tighter, Alabama's nearly 1,200 payday lending stores stand ready to help -- with annualized interest rates up to 456 percent! These predatory charges are legal in our state, and concerned Alabamians are meeting in Montgomery to consider strategies for changing the law. Alabama Appleseed Center for Law & Justice and Arise Citizens' Policy Project will host a High-Cost Credit Summit, Thurs., Sept. 24, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Alabama Department of Archives and History, 624 Washington St., Montgomery.

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Alabamians see health insurance premiums soar

Health care premiums in Alabama have increased four times faster than median wages during the last decade, according to a report released Sept. 17 by Families USA. The growing affordability gap reflects the combination of rising health insurance costs and sluggish earnings in the state.

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