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Public policy should make life better for everyone, not just a select few. Throughout the year, Arise tracks a range of state and federal policy proposals and assesses what they would mean for Alabamians who are struggling to make ends meet. Our blog provides quick updates on these proposals and offers tips on what you can do to help build an Alabama where all people have an opportunity to reach their full potential.

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Join Alabama Arise and participate in our virtual annual meeting!

Alabama Arise members will gather Oct. 3, 2020, for our annual meeting. And we’re making this year’s event more accessible than ever! Instead of traveling to Montgomery, our members will attend a virtual meeting and cast their votes online. We’ll share more details about registration and voting in the coming weeks. But first things first: [...]
Date
August 21, 2020
Author
Brenda Boman
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Help us raise Alabama’s Census participation!

Arise has partnered with the Hard to Count Collaborative to ensure every Alabamian is counted in the 2020 Census. The collaborative is conducting a texting campaign to reach folks in Alabama who may have trouble hearing about the Census. And they need help from volunteers like you! Now that the Census Bureau has moved up [...]
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Date
August 12, 2020
Author
Mike Nicholson
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Alabama should ensure all eligible residents receive federal stimulus payments

Alabama and the nation are facing an economic crisis like nothing we’ve ever seen. More than 13% of Alabama households don’t have enough money to feed their families, the Census Bureau reports. Nearly half of Alabama’s renters may face eviction in the near future. Meanwhile, an estimated 267,000 eligible Alabamians have not received their federal [...]
Issues
Safety Net, Tax Reform, Coronavirus
Date
August 10, 2020
Author
Carol Gundlach
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Working in Alabama during the COVID-19 pandemic: Who faces the danger?

Many Alabamians have modified their work circumstances in recent months to reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19. But tens of thousands of people still must work in public-facing jobs that put them at increased risk of illness. Front-line workers in grocery stores, hospitals and pharmacies perform necessary tasks to keep our communities functioning during the [...]
Issues
Health, Safety Net, Coronavirus, Medicaid Expansion
Date
July 27, 2020
Author
Dev Wakeley
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Alabama Arise needs your voice now more than ever!

You can have a bigger impact when you unite your voice with thousands of other Alabamians who want to make our state a better place. Please become an Alabama Arise member today. We’re working to improve state policies and remove barriers to opportunity for Alabamians with low incomes. Here are just a few of the [...]
Date
July 24, 2020
Author
Brenda Boman
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As education revenues fall, it’s time to strengthen Alabama’s tax system

It’s a truism often heard during budget hearings at the Alabama State House: “All the growth taxes go to education.” Legislators commonly say this to bemoan relatively flat revenue for the General Fund (GF), even when the economy is booming. Meanwhile, the Education Trust Fund (ETF) budget grows by comparative leaps and bounds. There is [...]
Issues
Budgets, Tax Reform, Coronavirus
Date
July 20, 2020
Author
Carol Gundlach
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Risk of education, General Fund cuts remains after shortened Alabama legislative session

Funding for education, health care and other vital services is deeply uncertain as Alabama’s revenues plummet during the COVID-19 recession. In May, lawmakers enacted 2021 Education Trust Fund (ETF) and General Fund (GF) budgets that are larger than this year’s. But as consumer spending falls and massive unemployment persists, the Legislature will reevaluate those plans [...]
Issues
Budgets, Tax Reform
Date
June 26, 2020
Author
Chris Sanders
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You’re invited to Arise’s Town Hall Tuesdays!

Arise’s statewide online summer listening sessions are a chance to hear what’s happening on key state policy issues and share your vision for our 2021 policy agenda. Register now to help identify emerging issues and inform our work to build a better Alabama. We'd love to see you at any or all of these sessions! [...]
Issues
Budgets, Criminal Justice, Health, Housing, Payday & Title Lending Reform, Public Transportation, Safety Net, Tax Reform, Economic Opportunity, Voting Rights, Medicaid Expansion
Date
June 15, 2020
Author
Presdelane Harris
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Alabama must tear down the legacies of slavery and segregation

The monument stood in Birmingham for decades as a twisted tribute to Alabama’s original sins: slavery and white supremacy. It “honored” a violent rebellion that sought to protect the enslavement of human beings. During segregation and Jim Crow and civil rights protests and into the 21st century, it served as a daily 52-foot-tall reminder of [...]
Issues
Budgets, Criminal Justice, Health, Housing, Public Transportation, Economic Opportunity, Voting Rights, Medicaid Expansion
Date
June 3, 2020
Author
Chris Sanders
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Arise legislative update: May 21, 2020

Alabama legislators ended the regular session this week by enacting education and General Fund budgets for 2021. But as the COVID-19 downturn hammers state tax revenues, we fear lawmakers' optimism surrounding these budgets could be misplaced. Arise's Carol Gundlach explains why the Legislature likely will return for one or more special sessions later this year [...]
Issues
Budgets, Health, Safety Net, Coronavirus
Date
May 21, 2020
Author
Matt Okarmus