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Arise legislative update: Feb. 12, 2024

Arise's Akiesha Anderson catches everyone up on a busier-than-normal first week of the Alabama legislative session and previews an additional busy week ahead. Anderson discusses what's been happening with a harmful bill that would create more barriers to absentee voting and provides an update on the future of the state sales tax on groceries. Full [...]
Issues
Tax Reform, Voting Rights
Date
February 12, 2024
Author
Matt Okarmus
Letters & Testimony

Alabama Arise joins state commission on elimination of state grocery tax

The state sales tax on groceries is a cruel tax on survival, and Alabama Arise is committed to eliminating it. That is why I am grateful that Sen. Bobby Singleton nominated me to serve on the Joint Study Commission on Grocery Taxation on behalf of Arise. I am extremely excited about and honored for this [...]
Issues
Budgets, Tax Reform
Date
December 15, 2023
Author
Akiesha Anderson
Blog

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
Public Transportation, Tax Reform, Economic Opportunity, Medicaid Expansion
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
Voting Rights, Medicaid Expansion, Budgets, Criminal Justice, Health, Public Transportation, Tax Reform
Date
October 5, 2023
Author
Chris Sanders
Blog

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
Safety Net, Tax Reform, Economic Opportunity, Medicaid Expansion, Budgets, Criminal Justice, Health, Housing, Public Transportation
Date
September 29, 2023
Author
Presdelane Harris
Fact Sheet

Explaining Alabama’s state grocery tax reduction: What it covers and what it doesn’t

The sales tax may seem less visible than other taxes because we pay it in small bits, unlike once-a-year property and income tax payments. But in reality, the sales tax is the most regressive of Alabama’s three major state taxes (income, property and sales). It consumes a much greater portion of the household budget for [...]
Issue
Tax Reform
Date
September 20, 2023
Author
Carol Gundlach
Blog

Alabama’s grocery tax reduction now in effect

Alabama has taken an important first step toward untaxing groceries. HB 479 took effect Sept. 1, reducing the state sales tax on groceries from 4% to 3%. The law will reduce the tax by another percentage point as soon as September 2024, as long as Education Trust Fund (ETF) revenues grow by at least 3.5% [...]
Issue
Tax Reform
Date
September 8, 2023
Author
Chris Sanders
Newsletter

June 2023 newsletter

The June 2023 newsletter features a recap of the 2023 Alabama legislative session as well as coverage from our Legislative Day.

Issues
Medicaid Expansion, Budgets, Criminal Justice, Health, Housing, Tax Reform, Voting Rights
Date
June 28, 2023
Author
Matt Okarmus
Blog

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 [...]
Issues
Budgets, Tax Reform
Date
June 26, 2023
Author
Chris Sanders
Blog

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 [...]
Issues
Budgets, Criminal Justice, Tax Reform
Date
June 7, 2023
Author
Alabama Arise