More than 200 organizations across Alabama have signed an open letter urging lawmakers to approve $300 million in new General Fund tax revenue to prevent devastating cuts to health care, public safety and other vital services.
Alabama Arise, Alabama Children First and AARP Alabama are among the hundreds of groups to join the Stand Tall Alabama initiative. Other letter signees include many churches, community groups, hospitals, health advocates and statewide organizations across Alabama.
“We’re excited to hear so many voices speak up for new tax revenue to keep Alabama strong,” Arise’s Kimble Forrister said. “The decisions made during this special session will affect our economy and quality of life for years to come. It’s crucial for our leaders to choose a path forward that strengthens our state and ensures all Alabamians have an opportunity to get ahead.”
The Alabama Legislature is considering a cigarette tax increase during 2015’s second special session. Without significant new General Fund revenue, the state may make enormous cuts to Medicaid, child care, public safety and other vital services.
As lawmakers decide how to address the General Fund shortfall, here are seven things to know about tobacco taxes.
The Alabama Legislature may consider removing the state FICA income tax deduction during 2015’s second special session. Without significant new General Fund revenue, the state may make enormous cuts to Medicaid, child care, public safety and other vital services.
As lawmakers decide how to address the General Fund shortfall, here are six things to know about the FICA deduction.
ACPP policy director Jim Carnes issued the following statement Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, in response to the Alabama House’s passage of a General Fund budget that would slash state Medicaid funding by 23 percent:
“A budget is more than a balance sheet. It’s a statement of our values. And the Alabama House’s decision today to gut Medicaid sent a stark message to a million Alabamians: Your health coverage doesn’t matter.
“The House voted to balance the General Fund budget on the backs of the most vulnerable Alabamians: children, seniors, and people with disabilities. The plan would set our state’s health system and economy on a dangerous course. Dozens of hospitals could be forced to shut their doors, and every Alabama community would see its quality of life decline.
“This isn’t a game. People’s health and livelihoods are at stake. We urge the Senate and Governor Bentley to block this reckless maneuver. It’s time to restore good sense to the budget process and make Alabama stronger.”
ACPP policy director Jim Carnes issued the following statement Friday, July 10, 2015, in response to Gov. Robert Bentley’s call for a special session on the General Fund budget:
“Alabama is at a crossroads. The path we choose now could define our state for a generation. As lawmakers consider the General Fund budget in the coming weeks, we urge them to choose a path that will make Alabama stronger.
“Alabamians need a budget that protects children, seniors and our most vulnerable neighbors. Important services like Medicaid, mental health care and public safety make Alabama a better place to live and work. But these services have been cut to the bone in recent years, and even deeper cuts are not the way to repair the damage. It’s time to stop the cuts and invest in a stronger Alabama.”
What makes a state strong? We likely all could agree on a few answers: healthy people, a dependable workforce, a stable government, safe streets and vibrant communities. But without new revenue to address a huge General Fund budget shortfall, Alabama will face devastating cuts to education, health care, public safety and other vital services that make shared prosperity possible.
If the Legislature can’t agree on new revenue to avoid these cuts, Alabamians would see thousands of lost jobs, a sharp decline in our state’s quality of life and a weaker future for years to come. Here’s a snapshot of what Alabama would look like if the cuts in a no-new-revenue General Fund budget become reality.