'Hand up' bill moves beyond handouts

With the shot clock winding down on the 2011 legislative session, lawmakers have one last chance to pass a piece of legislation that ought to be a slam-dunk for Alabama's low-income families.

This Montgomery Advertiser op-ed by Arise policy analyst Stephen Stetson highlights need for SB 295 -- the IDA bill -- which would help qualifying Alabamians use individual development accounts to build assets for escaping poverty.

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