June 2023 newsletter
The June 2023 newsletter features a recap of the 2023 Alabama legislative session as well as coverage from our Legislative Day.
At last: Alabama Arise members celebrate grocery tax reduction
The grocery tax bill passed. After more than three decades of persistent advocacy, Alabama Arise members turned that longstanding vision into reality this year. Every Alabamian will benefit as a result, and the benefits will be greatest for families struggling to make ends meet. This breakthrough highlighted a 2023 regular session during which Arise members [...]
Arise legislative update: June 7, 2023
The Alabama Legislature's 2023 regular session has come to a close. Arise's Akiesha Anderson takes us through some big wins – including reducing the state's grocery tax! – and other highlights from the session. We want to thank you for speaking out to support good bills and oppose harmful bills. Please visit alarise.org and follow [...]
Arise legislative update: May 30, 2023
As the Alabama Legislature's 2023 regular session begins to wind down, Arise's Carol Gundlach looks at the House passage of HB 479, a major breakthrough on our longtime goal of reducing the state sales tax on groceries. She also discusses four major budget bills headed to the governor's desk.
How will the grocery tax reduction law (HB 479) benefit every Alabamian?
HB 479 by Rep. Danny Garrett, R-Trussville, is a grocery tax reduction law that will benefit every Alabamian. Gov. Kay Ivey signed it into law June 15 after it passed the House 103-0 and the Senate 31-0. Below is a look at the principles that make a grocery tax reform bill good, what the new [...]
Arise legislative update: May 22, 2023
Arise's Akiesha Anderson shares some good news from last week's action at the Alabama Legislature. Those breakthroughs include the introduction of a House bill to reduce the state grocery tax, with nearly every representative joining as a co-sponsor. We also saw progress on several criminal justice reform bills, including the passage of SB 154, which [...]
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 [...]
Why Arise supports HB 479 / SB 257, a good plan to untax groceries in Alabama
SB 257 by Sen. Andrew Jones, R-Centre, and HB 479 by Rep. Danny Garrett, R-Trussville, are grocery tax reduction bills that would benefit every Alabamian. Below is a look at the principles that make a grocery tax reform bill good, what the bills do and what Alabamians need next. What makes a grocery tax reform [...]
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 [...]
This is the moment: It’s time for Alabama to untax groceries
Sen. Andrew Jones, R-Centre, filed legislation Thursday to reduce Alabama’s state sales tax on groceries. Jones’ SB 257 is co-sponsored by all 35 state senators. Alabama Arise executive director Robyn Hyden released the following statement Friday in response: “Alabama Arise is thrilled to see widespread, bipartisan support from every senator for reducing the state sales [...]