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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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Three strategies to boost Alabama’s workforce

Alabama leaders and policymakers are stressing about one big issue going into the 2024 legislative session: labor force participation. Alabama’s labor force participation rate is among the nation’s lowest. Only 57% of working-age adults reported they were actively working or looking for jobs as of September 2023. We also have a severe worker shortage, with [...]
Issues
Public Transportation, Tax Reform, Economic Opportunity, Medicaid Expansion
Date
November 22, 2023
Author
Robyn Hyden
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Arise legislative update: Update on Alabama’s new congressional map

Arise's Mike Nicholson gives an update on the new congressional map that the U.S. District Court approved as a remedy in Alabama's redistricting case last week. That order came after federal judges ruled that both the state's original map and the revised one that the Legislature passed during a special session in July likely did [...]
Issue
Voting Rights
Date
October 11, 2023
Author
Matt Okarmus
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Here’s what Alabama Arise heard from you in summer 2023!

Alabama Arise listens because we deeply value the input we get from members, partners and most importantly, those directly affected by the work we do together. We depend on what we hear to help guide our issue work and our strategies. We held three statewide online events this summer: two Town Hall Tuesdays and one [...]
Issues
Budgets, Criminal Justice, Health, Housing, Public Transportation, Safety Net, Tax Reform, Economic Opportunity, Medicaid Expansion
Date
September 29, 2023
Author
Presdelane Harris
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Alabama’s grocery tax reduction now in effect

Alabama has taken an important first step toward untaxing groceries. HB 479 took effect Sept. 1, reducing the state sales tax on groceries from 4% to 3%. The law will reduce the tax by another percentage point as soon as September 2024, as long as Education Trust Fund (ETF) revenues grow by at least 3.5% [...]
Issue
Tax Reform
Date
September 8, 2023
Author
Chris Sanders
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Arise legislative update: Update on Alabama redistricting case

The Alabama redistricting lawsuit continued this week as a federal court struck down the state's congressional map once again. The Legislature approved the map in July after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the state's original map likely violated the Voting Rights Act. But federal judges this week said the new map still failed to [...]
Issue
Voting Rights
Date
September 8, 2023
Author
Alabama Arise
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An Arise tradition: the member-led agenda

Something interesting is happening in the world of policy organizations. After years of many think tanks working behind the scenes to set their policy agendas with little transparency or buy-in from regular people, many of our peer organizations are now realizing the best policies are those informed by the people closest to the problems. Research [...]
Date
September 8, 2023
Author
Robyn Hyden
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Arise thrives on its membership

When you give to Alabama Arise, you join as a member. We're grateful for your giving: A significant percentage of our financial support comes from people like you. And we’re especially grateful for your membership. Our members are important to us because, as we often say, people are our power. This month, members are coming [...]
Date
September 8, 2023
Author
Jacob Smith
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Medicaid expansion would help working Alabamians

Medicaid expansion is a proven solution to help people join and stay in the workforce, a new report from Community Catalyst spotlights. States that have expanded Medicaid have seen a greater increase in labor force participation among people with incomes below 138% of the poverty line than states – like Alabama – that have not [...]
Issue
Medicaid Expansion
Date
September 8, 2023
Author
Whitney Washington
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Arise legislative update: Recap of Alabama redistricting hearing

The ongoing lawsuit over Alabama's congressional map returned to federal court this week. Arise's Mike Nicholson attended the U.S. District Court's redistricting hearing in Birmingham on Aug. 14. In this video update, Mike provides background on the case, which returned to district court after the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Allen v. Milligan. He also [...]
Issue
Voting Rights
Date
August 18, 2023
Author
Matt Okarmus
Personal Stories

See the Gap: How Medicaid expansion would benefit stylists – and every Alabamian

Over the last year, Alabama Arise has collected the stories of some of the nearly 10,000 personal care workers who would benefit from Medicaid expansion in our state. We spent months getting to know folks in one of our state’s most vibrant industries. And we want to be sure you see the last few stories [...]
Issues
Health, Medicaid Expansion
Date
August 7, 2023
Author
Whit Sides