ACPP news releases

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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More than 550,000 Alabamians uninsured, new Census data show

Years of economic growth have not significantly reduced the percentage of Alabamians living without health insurance, according to new U.S. Census Bureau figures released Sept. 10. The state's median household income and poverty rate also were little different in 2007-08 than they were when the decade began.

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Remember Alabama's jobless on Labor Day

Alabama lawmakers should remember the struggles facing the state's rising numbers of unemployed workers on this Labor Day weekend, ACPP executive director Kimble Forrister said Friday.

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