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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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Arise legislative update: May 15, 2023

Arise's Akiesha Anderson breaks down recent developments at the Alabama Legislature, including the committee approval of a troubling bill that could redirect a large amount of public school funding to private schools. She also discusses legislation we're excited about, including the continuing progress of a bill that would greatly reduce the number of driver's license [...]
Issues
Criminal Justice, Budgets
Date
May 15, 2023
Author
Matt Okarmus
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Arise legislative update: May 8, 2023

Arise's Robyn Hyden provides an update on recent action at the Alabama Legislature, including why we support the latest proposal to reduce the state grocery tax. She also discusses how lawmakers made positive changes to the Education Trust Fund budget and why we oppose bills that would limit voting rights and make life harder for [...]
Issues
Budgets, Tax Reform
Date
May 8, 2023
Author
Alabama Arise
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Arise legislative update: May 1, 2023

Arise's Mike Nicholson provides an update on a few criminal justice bills in the Alabama Legislature's 2023 regular session, including one to end many debt-based driver's license suspensions. He also explains ways Arise is providing up-to-date information on bills we're watching and how you can get involved with our movement for change.
Issue
Criminal Justice
Date
May 1, 2023
Author
Alabama Arise
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Arise legislative update: April 24, 2023

Arise's Carol Gundlach discusses what we're watching for as the 2024 General Fund budget advances to the House floor. She also reviews the package of business tax breaks that the Alabama Legislature enacted last week.
Issue
Budgets
Date
April 24, 2023
Author
Alabama Arise
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Alabama lawmakers allocated the state’s final $1 billion of ARPA funds. What comes next?

As the Alabama Legislature begins to craft the 2024 General Fund budget, decisions made during last month’s special session should provide lawmakers with more flexibility to meet ongoing needs for our state. With additional near-term funding already in place for key priorities, legislators should seize the opportunity to improve the quality of life for every [...]
Issues
Health, Budgets
Date
April 21, 2023
Author
Dev Wakeley
Personal Stories

Walker County Medicaid town hall 2023

Alabama Arise and Cover Alabama co-hosted a Medicaid town hall in Jasper on April 10, 2023. Speakers discussed the importance of Medicaid expansion and how our state can afford it, as well as the cruelty of the Medicaid coverage gap. To learn more and join our movement to expand Medicaid in Alabama, visit coveralabama.org.
Issues
Health, Medicaid Expansion
Date
April 20, 2023
Author
Alabama Arise
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Arise legislative update: April 17, 2023

Arise's Akiesha Anderson provides an update on two bills we're watching in the Alabama Legislature this week. We are urging the Senate to support a bill that would end many driver's license suspensions for debt-based reasons. And we are urging a House committee to oppose a bill that would add harmful and confusing limits to [...]
Issues
Criminal Justice, Voting Rights
Date
April 17, 2023
Author
Alabama Arise
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Alabama Arise Action Legislative Day 2023

Arise held our 2023 Legislative Day on Tuesday, April 11. More than 100 supporters joined us in Montgomery to hear updates on our policy priorities and urge their lawmakers to untax groceries, expand Medicaid and end debt-based driver’s license suspensions. Thank you to everyone who spoke out for a better Alabama for all!
Issues
Tax Reform, Medicaid Expansion, Budgets, Criminal Justice, Health
Date
April 14, 2023
Author
Alabama Arise
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Arise legislative update: April 10, 2023

Arise's Mike Nicholson highlights three criminal justice reform bills that we're watching and supporting during the Alabama Legislature's 2023 regular session. This legislation would help modernize our state's sentencing system, reduce the burdens of high fines and fees, and ease voting rights restoration for many Alabamians who were formerly incarcerated.
Issues
Criminal Justice, Voting Rights
Date
April 10, 2023
Author
Alabama Arise
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Arise legislative update: March 27, 2023

Arise's Pres Harris invites you to our Legislative Day on April 11 in Montgomery. Legislative Day is an annual opportunity for Arise supporters to meet their lawmakers and make the case for policy changes to improve life for every Alabamian. We expect this year’s advocacy to focus on expanding Medicaid, untaxing groceries and funding public [...]
Issues
Budgets, Tax Reform
Date
March 27, 2023
Author
Matt Okarmus