Arise in the News

The more people hear about our movement for change, the more supporters we gain. Arise staff members appear in hundreds of news stories every year to explain how better policy choices can make life better for everyday Alabamians. Check out these examples of how we’re sharing our vision for a better Alabama for all in print, over the airwaves and online.

In the News

Alabama Medicaid should use every tool it has to save lives

"Medicaid and other services that provide health care for struggling and marginalized Alabamians form the backbone of the health care system that protects us all," Arise's Jim Carnes writes in the Montgomery Advertiser. And the COVID-19 pandemic "only heightens the need for that system to be as strong as we can make it." Read more in [...]
Date
March 23, 2020
Source
Montgomery Advertiser
In the News

Coronavirus concerns have you stocking up? Keep WIC families in mind

"We're all in this together, and some families are struggling a lot more to just meet basic nutritional needs than are others, especially when kids are home from school," Arise's Carol Gundlach tells WBRC Fox 6 in Birmingham. Learn more from WBRC Fox 6 News.
Date
March 17, 2020
Source
WBRC Fox 6 News
In the News

State puts $5M toward coronavirus prep, testing

"The impact of COVID-19 on low-income people in Alabama is going to be huge," Arise's Jim Carnes tells Birmingham Watch. "The No. 1 thing we’re concerned about is lack of health coverage." Read more from Birmingham Watch.
Date
March 12, 2020
Source
Birmingham Watch
In the News

Drop Alabama’s state grocery tax? Senate committee hears debate

Alabama is one of only three states with no tax break on groceries. "We're subsidizing a reliance on a tax loophole that helps a few people with a ridiculous and unjust tax on food that hurts everybody," Arise's Robyn Hyden told a state Senate committee. Read more from the Montgomery Advertiser.
Date
March 11, 2020
Source
Montgomery Advertiser
In the News

Alabama’s food tax on the chopping block again

Alabama’s grocery tax is an abomination, Arise’s Chris Sanders tells AL.com. “We’re leaving folks in a position where they have to decide between food and medicine; they have to decide between food and rent,” Sanders said. “These are not decisions that the state should be forcing upon folks for the sake of raising revenue.” Read [...]
Date
February 26, 2020
Source
AL.com
In the News

Should Alabama repeal its grocery tax?

“As y’all know, our tax system is upside down,” Arise’s Robyn Hyden tells WRBL 3 in Columbus, Ga. “The people with the least to give get taxed the most. At the same time, people at the top don’t pay their fair share.” Learn more from WRBL 3 in Columbus, Ga.
Date
February 26, 2020
Source
WRBL 3
In the News

Alabama Arise lobbies for grocery tax repeal

Alabama should “end the grocery tax quickly and responsibly,” Arise board vice president Ana Delia Valeriano tells Alabama News Network in Montgomery. “This is the year to untax groceries once and for all.” Learn more from Alabama News Network.
Date
February 25, 2020
Source
Alabama News Network
In the News

Alabama Arise members urge lawmakers to repeal grocery tax

The grocery tax is “unconscionable. It’s immoral. And it’s an attack on basic survival,” Arise’s Robyn Hyden tells WSFA 12 in Montgomery. Alabama can untax groceries and protect school funding by ending the state deduction for federal income taxes. Learn more from WSFA 12 News.
Date
February 25, 2020
Source
WSFA 12 News
In the News

‘Immoral and unacceptable’: Alabama’s grocery tax burden must end, Alabama Arise says

Alabama’s state grocery tax is “one of the most immoral and unacceptable features of our tax system,” Arise’s Robyn Hyden tells the Montgomery Advertiser. “It’s a tax on survival.” Read more from the Montgomery Advertiser.
Date
February 25, 2020
Source
Montgomery Advertiser
In the News

Payday loan bill dies, but issue not dead

Alabama borrowers pay nearly $100 million a year in fees for high-cost payday loans. “The fact that this bill got shut down in committee does not negate the fact that there is a massive need for reform,” Arise's Dev Wakeley tells Alabama Daily News. Read more from Alabama Daily News.
Date
February 24, 2020
Source
Alabama Daily News