ACPP news releases

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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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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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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