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Current Legislative Actions
ACT BY OCT. 21: Protect Medicaid for thousands of Alabama parents. Alabama Medicaid officials are pushing a catch-22 plan that would penalize work and take health coverage away from thousands of parents living in deep poverty. Alabamians already submitted more than 1,300 comments against the proposal during two rounds of public comments earlier this year. Now that the state has submitted the proposal for federal approval, it’s more important than ever to keep up the drumbeat of opposition. Make sure federal officials hear loud and clear that this “work requirement” would hurt children, families and the state budget.
Tell your U.S. House member to vote NO on SNAP cuts in the Farm Bill. The U.S. House’s Farm Bill includes harmful SNAP cuts that would make it harder for more than 2 million Americans to put food on the table. These changes would take a toll on our state’s retail economy and would hurt children, seniors, veterans, working families, and people with disabilities across Alabama.
Please act now to support public transportation. Alabama is one of only five states with no state funding for public transportation. SB 85, sponsored by Sen. Rodger Smitherman, D-Birmingham, would create a state Public Transportation Trust Fund, a sensible first step toward expanding public transportation options in Alabama.
Tell your senator: Vote NO on a state tax break for private school tuition. Alabama provides a state income tax deduction for contributions to savings accounts known as 529 plans, which the state created to encourage long-term savings for college. But HB 251, sponsored by Rep. Ken Johnson, R-Moulton, would allow Alabamians to get a state tax break if they use that money to pay for K-12 private school tuition as well. That change would subsidize private schools at the expense of public education, and it could cost the Education Trust Fund up to $28 million a year.