ACPP news releases

Alabama lags in job subsidy requirements, gas tax adequacy

Alabama fared poorly in two national studies released today on economic development subsidies and transportation funding, respectively. To find out more about Alabama's ratings in the Good Jobs First and Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy reports, read our news release.

Immigration law failing to reduce unemployment

Analysis of recent jobs numbers disproves the claims of those asserting that Alabama's new anti-immigration law is responsible for putting Alabamians to work. Althought the state's unemployment rate did improve by half a percentage point from September to October -- from 9.8 percent to 9.3 percent -- that bit of good news is tempered by the fact that it was primarily a result of fewer people looking for work.

Read news release here.

Alabama workers to feel recession's fallout for years, new ACPP report finds

Many of the pathways Alabamians traditionally have used to get ahead have become more difficult to travel in the wake of the Great Recession, according to The State of Working Alabama 2011, a new ACPP report released today. Falling median household income, stagnating wages and soaring college costs have made it tougher to climb the economic ladder through hard work or education, the report finds.

Read news release here.

Read full report here.

Income tax for Alabama family of four at poverty line climbs to $498

Two-parent families of four in Alabama owed $498 in state income tax on poverty-line earnings in 2010, by far the highest amount in the nation, according to an annual report released today by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), a nonprofit research group in Washington, D.C. The state's families also began to owe state income tax at the second lowest income level in the nation, the CBPP found.

Read news release here.

Read CBPP report here.

Advocacy groups to hold leadership summit 11-19-11

“It seems like our state is trying to go back to the past that we struggled so hard to leave behind,” writes Sen. Hank Sanders, D-Selma, in his invitation to a daylong leadership summit at Alabama State University on  Nov. 19. Arise is one of 15 organizations co-sponsoring the event, which will last from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with no charge for admission.


Under the theme “Fight Back, Move Forward,” the summit will feature workshops and panel discussions on a range of topics, including diminished voting rights, the Tea Party agenda and recent anti-worker legislation.


Reservation deadline Mon., Nov. 14.

To register, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (334) 262-0932.


Read flyer here.

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