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Three strategies to boost Alabama’s workforce

Alabama leaders and policymakers are stressing about one big issue going into the 2024 legislative session: labor force participation. Alabama’s labor force participation rate is among the nation’s lowest. Only 57% of working-age adults reported they were actively working or looking for jobs as of September 2023. We also have a severe worker shortage, with [...]
Issues
Medicaid Expansion, Public Transportation, Tax Reform, Economic Opportunity
Date
November 22, 2023
Author
Robyn Hyden
News Releases

Alabama Arise unveils 2024 roadmap for change in Alabama

Expanding Medicaid and ending the state sales tax on groceries will remain top goals on Alabama Arise’s 2024 legislative agenda. The group also will pursue a multifaceted approach to improving maternal and infant health in Alabama. More than 500 members voted to determine Arise’s legislative priorities in recent days after the organization’s annual meeting Saturday. [...]
Issues
Criminal Justice, Health, Public Transportation, Tax Reform, Voting Rights, Medicaid Expansion, Budgets
Date
October 5, 2023
Author
Chris Sanders
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Here’s what Alabama Arise heard from you in summer 2023!

Alabama Arise listens because we deeply value the input we get from members, partners and most importantly, those directly affected by the work we do together. We depend on what we hear to help guide our issue work and our strategies. We held three statewide online events this summer: two Town Hall Tuesdays and one [...]
Issues
Criminal Justice, Health, Housing, Public Transportation, Safety Net, Tax Reform, Economic Opportunity, Medicaid Expansion, Budgets
Date
September 29, 2023
Author
Presdelane Harris
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Arise legislative update: March 13, 2023

Arise's Carol Gundlach discusses our thoughts on how Alabama legislators plan to allocate the rest of the state's American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) money. Gov. Kay Ivey called a special session on ARPA funding shortly after lawmakers returned Tuesday to begin the 2023 regular session.
Issues
Public Transportation, Economic Opportunity
Date
March 13, 2023
Author
Matt Okarmus
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Fresh opportunities to push for a better Alabama

The Alabama Legislature will welcome 37 new lawmakers to its halls when its 2023 regular session begins March 7. Alabama Arise sees this as an opportunity to educate new legislators and identify new allies on issues of importance to our members. We urge folks to join us in calling for change, including at Arise Legislative [...]
Issues
Health, Housing, Public Transportation, Safety Net, Tax Reform, Medicaid Expansion, Budgets, Criminal Justice
Date
March 6, 2023
Author
Akiesha Anderson
Blog

Budget priorities for the people

Two weeks before the Alabama Legislature’s 2023 regular session, lawmakers, lobbyists and advocates packed into the State House in late February for the annual joint legislative budget hearings. One might call it the Super Bowl for budget nerds. After years of scarcity, both Alabama budgets are starting out with a revenue surplus. There’s $351 million [...]
Issues
Criminal Justice, Health, Housing, Public Transportation, Safety Net, Tax Reform, Coronavirus, Medicaid Expansion, Budgets
Date
March 6, 2023
Author
Robyn Hyden
News Releases

Public transit, healthy food access among key pathways to increase economic opportunity in Birmingham area, new report finds

Greater Birmingham has experienced a resurgence in economic growth and civic engagement in recent years. But the benefits of this prosperity are not widely shared among everyone living in the region – and a new comprehensive report that Alabama Arise and the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) released Thursday shows that people across Jefferson County [...]
Issues
Housing, Public Transportation, Safety Net, Economic Opportunity
Date
November 17, 2022
Author
Chris Sanders
News Releases

Alabama Arise unveils 2023 roadmap for change in Alabama

Expanding Medicaid and ending the state sales tax on groceries will remain top goals on Alabama Arise’s 2023 legislative agenda. More than 400 members voted on Arise’s issue priorities in recent days after the organization’s annual meeting Saturday. The seven issues chosen were: Adequate budgets for human services like education, health care and child care, [...]
Issues
Tax Reform, Voting Rights, Medicaid Expansion, Budgets, Criminal Justice, Health, Payday & Title Lending Reform, Public Transportation
Date
September 29, 2022
Author
Chris Sanders
Blog

ARPA 101: How the American Rescue Plan Act can build a more equitable Alabama

The COVID-19 pandemic has stretched families, hospitals, schools, businesses and food banks across Alabama to their limits. Like tens of millions of other Americans, local and state officials have had to adapt to new challenges and respond to existing health and economic challenges exacerbated by the pandemic over the last two years. Congress reacted to [...]
Issues
Health, Housing, Public Transportation, Safety Net
Date
June 28, 2022
Author
News Releases

82 Alabama groups urge Ivey, legislators to fund public transportation using ARPA funds

Lawmakers should jump-start public transportation across Alabama with an allocation of $20 million from the state’s remaining federal COVID-19 relief money, according to a letter that 82 churches and organizations across the state sent Wednesday to Gov. Kay Ivey and legislators. Alabama Arise is among the groups that co-signed the letter. The organizations asked Gov. [...]
Issues
Coronavirus, Budgets, Public Transportation
Date
June 22, 2022
Author
Chris Sanders