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Summer EBT, Legislative Day energy highlight busy, tough 2024 session in Alabama

You made a difference! Alabama Arise members played a decisive role this year in securing summer food assistance for more than 500,000 children starting in summer 2025. Summer EBT funding brought an uplifting conclusion to the Alabama Legislature’s 2024 regular session, which ended May 9. The Summer EBT victory showed the power of Arise’s policy analysis, [...]
Issues
Medicaid Expansion, Budgets, Health, Safety Net, Tax Reform, Economic Opportunity
Date
June 11, 2024
Author
Chris Sanders
Blog

Summer EBT passage a hard-fought win for Alabama children

Alabama Arise members helped secure a policy change this year to reduce hunger for more than 500,000 children across the state. Beginning in summer 2025, eligible children ages 5-17 will receive $120 in Summer EBT benefits to continue to have school meals through the summer. The state must cover half of the administrative costs, but [...]
Issues
Budgets, Health
Date
June 11, 2024
Author
LaTrell Clifford Wood
Blog

CHOOSE Act set to undermine funding for Alabama public schools

The Alabama Legislature struck a major blow against public education this session by passing the CHOOSE Act. This law likely will drain hundreds of millions of dollars annually from public schools that have long struggled with underfunding. Alabama Arise testified twice against the bill, but conservative lawmakers moved quickly to enact it. The act – [...]
Issue
Budgets
Date
June 11, 2024
Author
Carol Gundlach
Blog

Arise legislative update: May 13, 2024

Arise's Akiesha Anderson gives a final update on the Alabama Legislature's 2024 regular session, which ended last week. We closed the session with a big advocacy win: Lawmakers approved the funding needed to provide Summer EBT food assistance for more than 500,000 children starting next summer! For more information about what happened this year, please [...]
Issues
Budgets, Health, Safety Net
Date
May 13, 2024
Author
Whitney Washington
Blog

Arise legislative update: May 6, 2024

We welcome Arise's LaTrell Clifford Wood to this week's legislative recap to celebrate some good news: The Senate added $10 million to the Education Trust Fund budget for Summer EBT food assistance! Once the House agrees to this change with this modified budget and the governor signs off on it, the funding will start in [...]
Issues
Budgets, Health, Safety Net
Date
May 6, 2024
Author
Matt Okarmus
News Releases

Summer EBT funding is a big win for Alabama’s children

The Alabama Senate Finance and Taxation Education Committee voted unanimously Tuesday to appropriate $10 million for Summer EBT administrative funding from the 2025 Education Trust Fund budget. Alabama Arise hunger policy advocate LaTrell Clifford Wood released the following statement Tuesday in response: “Every child needs and deserves healthy meals throughout the year. That’s why Alabama [...]
Issues
Economic Opportunity, Budgets, Health, Safety Net
Date
April 30, 2024
Author
Chris Sanders
Blog

Arise legislative update: April 29, 2024

Arise's Akiesha Anderson provides an update on where things stand in the final days of the Alabama Legislature's 2024 regular session. Unfortunately, we received unfavorable news last week on public transportation funding and legislation that would discourage employers from voluntarily recognizing a union. But we also have good news: Alabama lawmakers heard Medicaid expansion success [...]
Issues
Budgets, Health, Public Transportation, Safety Net, Medicaid Expansion
Date
April 29, 2024
Author
Matt Okarmus
Blog

Arise legislative update: April 22, 2024

Arise's Akiesha Anderson brings you up to speed on all that happened last week at the State House plus gets you ready for the upcoming week. As the session is nearing an end, we still have action to take on securing public transportation funding and increasing penalties for child labor violations. We also are trying [...]
Issues
Economic Opportunity, Medicaid Expansion, Budgets, Health, Public Transportation
Date
April 22, 2024
Author
Matt Okarmus
Blog

Arise legislative update: April 15, 2024

Arise's Akiesha Anderson gives an update on where things stand in the Alabama Legislature as lawmakers begin to wind down the 2024 regular session. We still are keeping an eye on numerous bills, including the state budgets and legislation related to child care, death penalty reform and voting rights. Akiesha provides a rundown on some [...]
Issues
Budgets, Criminal Justice, Voting Rights
Date
April 15, 2024
Author
Matt Okarmus
Fact Sheet

Summer EBT for 2025

A $15 million appropriation for Summer EBT would reduce hunger by providing eligible Alabama children $40 per summer month for food. 1 in 4 Alabama children are food insecure. Hundreds of thousands of Alabama children don’t know where their next meal will come from. And a disproportionate amount of food insecure children come from communities [...]
Issues
Economic Opportunity, Budgets, Health, Safety Net
Date
April 2, 2024
Author
Alabama Arise