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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.

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Six months into health reform, new benefits begin

Thousands of Alabamians will benefit from major new provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that take effect Sept. 23, the six-month milestone of the new law. Among those gaining the new protections are children under age 19 with pre-existing conditions, young adults under age 26, and people with chronic health conditions or a catastrophic illness. The benefits are part of the ACA's Patient's Bill of Rights.

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The recession's toll: more Alabamians in poverty, uninsured in 2008-09

The recession has left more Alabamians in poverty and without health insurance coverage, new U.S. Census Bureau data released Sept. 16 suggest. But those nembers would have been larger without federal recovery spending and increased Medicaid enrollment, ACPP executive director Kimble Forrister said.

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