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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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Untax Groceries Rally: March 15, 2022

More than 50 Arise members gathered in Montgomery on Tuesday for the Untax Groceries Rally to support efforts to eliminate the state sales tax on groceries. The event focused on two bills that would end the state grocery tax while protecting school funding: SB 43 by Sen. Andrew Jones and a forthcoming bill by Rep. [...]
Issues
Budgets, Tax Reform, Economic Opportunity
Date
March 21, 2022
Author
Alabama Arise
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Arise legislative recap: March 14, 2022

Arise's Carol Gundlach discusses SB 19, which would provide a small but significant income tax cut for Alabamians with low and moderate incomes. She also discusses Arise's Untax Groceries Rally, scheduled for this Tuesday, March 15. Visit untaxgroceries.org to learn more. Please note: In the case of inclement weather, Tuesday's rally will be held inside [...]
Issue
Tax Reform
Date
March 14, 2022
Author
Alabama Arise
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Arise legislative recap: March 7, 2022

Arise's Celida Soto Garcia discusses the problems with SB 156, a bill that would deny SNAP food assistance to Alabamians who fail to “cooperate” or “comply” with child support orders or collection services. The bill could come up for a Senate vote this week. Celida also discusses Arise's upcoming Untax Groceries Rally, scheduled for March [...]
Issues
Safety Net, Tax Reform
Date
March 7, 2022
Author
Alabama Arise
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Grocery tax, health care key Arise focuses this year

Untax groceries. Expand health coverage. Make the criminal justice system more just. Those are a few of Alabama Arise’s major priorities during the Legislature’s 2022 regular session. And we’re making real progress toward turning those goals into realities. Untaxing groceries Ending the state’s regressive sales tax on groceries has been a longtime Arise priority. It [...]
Issues
Budgets, Criminal Justice, Health, Tax Reform, Medicaid Expansion
Date
March 7, 2022
Author
Chris Sanders
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We see you, Alabama, and we’re here with you

As I think about each of you, in the midst of a hectic and uncertain time, I’m amazed by the strength and resilience of the people like you who make up Arise’s membership and our community. The single parent who has been holding it together during COVID-19 child care closures and home schooling, all while [...]
Date
March 7, 2022
Author
Robyn Hyden
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You are the strong force behind Arise’s advocacy

Your support holds lawmakers accountable during this legislative session. Will you donate to Alabama Arise today? Right now in Montgomery, elected officials from across Alabama are proposing laws that would infringe on our constitutional right to protest, limit our children’s access to a quality, well-rounded education and increase barriers to receiving unemployment insurance benefits, even [...]
Date
March 7, 2022
Author
McKenzie Burton
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Arise legislative recap: Feb. 28, 2022

Arise's Jilisa Milton discusses HB 312, which would prohibit teaching certain "divisive concepts" related to race, religion and sex in public K-12 schools, public colleges and universities, and state employee training programs. This bill could undermine a healthy educational environment in Alabama by chilling full, truthful discussions of key historical and current events. Jilisa also [...]
Issues
Budgets, Other
Date
February 28, 2022
Author
Alabama Arise
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Arise legislative recap: Feb. 11, 2022

Organizing director Pres Harris invites you to Arise's 2022 Legislative Day! Please join us online this Tuesday as we advocate for our issue priorities, including untaxing groceries. Visit alarise.org/2022legislativeday to register and learn more about how you can help build a brighter future for every Alabamian.
Issue
Tax Reform
Date
February 11, 2022
Author
Alabama Arise
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Arise legislative recap: Feb. 7, 2022

Alabama Arise believes all of us do better when our elected officials support the common good. Arise's Carol Gundlach details how SB 140 would do the exact opposite, hurting Alabama's local public schools by diverting hundreds of millions of dollars to private schools and home schooling.
Issue
Budgets
Date
February 7, 2022
Author
Alabama Arise
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Arise legislative recap: Jan. 31, 2022

Meet Rebecca Howard, Arise's new policy and advocacy director! Rebecca introduces herself to our members before discussing the latest news on ARPA funding in Alabama and our thoughts on the recent federal court decision on the state's congressional maps.
Issues
Budgets, Voting Rights
Date
January 31, 2022
Author
Alabama Arise