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Weak PSC oversight benefits Alabama Power at customers' expense, report finds
Alabama Power earns higher profits than most utilities nationwide while leaving customers paying more for their electricity than customers in all Southern states but Florida, according to a report released today by Arise Citizens' Policy Project.
"The outdated way Alabama sets electricity rates is hurting families and businesses," ACPP executive director Kimble Forrister said. "It's not just numbers on paper. When people are living paycheck to paycheck, having to spend so much of their income on electricity bills really hurts."
Higher minimum wage would benefit nearly 500,000 Alabamians, study shows
Increasing the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.80 per hour would create 1,800 net new jobs in Alabama and give nearly half a million Alabamians a raise, according to a study released Tuesday by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), a nonprofit policy research organization based in Washington, D.C.
"A minimum wage increase would be good for low-income Alabamians and good for our economy," ACPP executive director Kimble Forrister said.
Appeals court blocks HB 56's school requirements
The U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals dealt a severe blow to Alabama's anti-immigration law Monday, with a particularly stinging rebuke of provisions regarding K-12 schools. The decision came in two separate rulings on USA v. Alabama and HICA v. Alabama.
"Alabama's legislators let a Kansas politician use them as a guinea pig, and we paid the price in months of lawsuits and in the suffering of children and families," ACPP executive director Kimble Forrister said. "It's going to take a long time to heal the wounds caused by this mean-spirited law."
New women's health benefits take effect today
Today is a brighter day for women's health in Alabama. August 1 marks the beginning of new health insurance benefits for women, thanks to the Affordable Care Act.
ACA decision big win for Alabama
The U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision upholding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a huge victory for all Alabamians, Arise Citizens' Policy Project executive director Kimble Forrister said Thursday. The ruling is especially important for hundreds of thousands of people in our state who want health insurance but can't afford it or have been denied coverage because of pre-existing conditions. Under the ACA, federal incentives for covering uninsured Alabamians offer a $10 billion economic boost to the state.