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Enhanced child care funding makes life better for Alabama’s children and families

Quality, affordable child care is essential for families seeking to escape poverty and participate in employment, education and training activities. The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), a federally funded program that subsidizes care for low and moderate-income parents of young children, provides critical funding for affordable child care. In Alabama, CCDBG funds are [...]
Issues
Safety Net, Economic Opportunity
Date
July 2, 2019
Author
Carol Gundlach
Blog

Why Arise is focusing on racial equity in our work

It seems to me that we are living through a time of historic political upheaval and transformation. While we continue to push forward policies to increase dignity, equity and justice, too often we end up playing defense. Corporations exert more influence today than ever before to suppress the people’s power to organize and access the [...]
Issue
Economic Opportunity
Date
June 14, 2019
Author
Robyn Hyden
Blog

How to advance our vision for Alabama’s next century

What kind of future do we want for Alabama? It’s a question worth reflecting on as our state enters its third century this year. Are we all right with limiting power and prosperity to a select few? Or would we rather build a state where everyone has a voice and where people of all races, [...]
Issues
Budgets, Health, Tax Reform, Economic Opportunity
Date
March 4, 2019
Author
Chris Sanders
News Releases

Alabama’s state higher ed funding cuts since 2008 are country’s third deepest

Alabama’s cuts to state higher education funding over the last decade are among the deepest in the country, according to a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), a nonpartisan research organization based in Washington, D.C. The funding decline persisted even as the state’s economy began to rebound from the Great Recession. [...]
Issues
Budgets, Economic Opportunity
Date
October 4, 2018
Author
Chris Sanders
Fact Sheet

A higher minimum wage would help Alabama families make ends meet and strengthen our state’s economy

Too many hard-working Alabamians aren’t paid enough to get ahead. Alabama ranks in the bottom third of states for average hourly wages. Around 77,000 Alabamians earn wages at or below the $7.25 per hour minimum established by the federal government in 2009, and another 394,000 earn less than $10 an hour. In the absence of a [...]
Issue
Economic Opportunity
Date
February 8, 2017
Author
Alabama Arise
News Releases

Health coverage has improved in Alabama, but work remains, new study finds

Alabama has enjoyed great success in recent decades in ensuring that children and seniors have the health protection they need, according to a new Arise Citizens’ Policy Project report issued Tuesday as part of The State of Working Alabama 2014. But the state lags behind the nation when it comes to insuring young adults, nearly [...]
Issue
Economic Opportunity
Date
November 25, 2014
Author
Carol Gundlach
Report

The State of Working Alabama 2014: Health coverage in Alabama: Where we’ve succeeded and where there’s work to do

Alabama has enjoyed great success in recent decades in ensuring that children and seniors have the health protection they need, according to a new Arise Citizens’ Policy Project report issued Tuesday as part of The State of Working Alabama 2014. But the state lags behind the nation when it comes to insuring young adults, nearly 30 percent [...]
Issue
Economic Opportunity
Date
November 25, 2014
Author
Carol Gundlach
News Releases

Alabama’s growing income gap is bad for its economy, report concludes

The widening income gap between the richest Alabamians and everyone else is reducing consumer spending and hurting the state’s economy, according to a new ACPP report released today as part of The State of Working Alabama 2014. Alabama is among the top half of states for the severity of its income inequality, and its income [...]
Issue
Economic Opportunity
Date
October 17, 2014
Author
Carol Gundlach
Report

The State of Working Alabama 2014: The growing divide: Alabama’s income gap is approaching Gilded Age levels

When the income gap between the rich and everyone else gets too large, the resulting inequality can threaten America’s foundations of fairness, equality and opportunity. Income inequality is deep in Alabama, and it has been getting even deeper in recent decades. Between 1979 and 2007, the top 1 percent of Alabamians saw their incomes grow by [...]
Issue
Economic Opportunity
Date
October 17, 2014
Author
Carol Gundlach
News Releases

Many Alabama Workers Have Little to Celebrate This Labor Day

This Labor Day will be a difficult one for many Alabama workers, according to a new ACPP report released today as part of The State of Working Alabama 2014. Unemployment remains high. Jobs have disappeared. Wages are stagnant. The wealth gap between the rich and everyone else has grown. And trends in unemployment, job loss, [...]
Issue
Economic Opportunity
Date
August 29, 2014
Author
Carol Gundlach