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Public transportation bills win committee approval in Alabama House, Senate

Public transportation advocates in Alabama got a double dose of good news Thursday when bills to create an Alabama Public Transportation Trust Fund won committee approval in both the state House and Senate. Arise members chose creation of a trust fund as one of our 2018 issue priorities. HB 10, sponsored by Rep. Jack Williams, [...]
Date
January 18, 2018
Author
Chris Sanders
Fact Sheet

A new way forward: The Alabama Public Transportation Trust Fund

Alabama is one of only five states with no state funding for public transportation. That lack of investment makes it difficult or even impossible for tens of thousands of low-income Alabamians to get to work, the doctor’s office or other places they need to go when they need to get there. It also means our [...]
Issue
Public Transportation
Date
January 17, 2018
Author
Alabama Arise
News Releases

Alabamians must keep urging Congress to protect health care

Arise Citizens’ Policy Project policy director Jim Carnes issued the following statement Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, after the U.S. House approved a resolution that would make it easier for Congress to repeal portions of the Affordable Care Act: “Protecting access to quality, affordable health care is more important than ever. Congress voted this week to [...]
Date
January 13, 2018
Author
Chris Sanders
Blog

Bill to ease burden of cash bail on low-income Alabamians clears Senate committee

A bill that would significantly ease the financial burden on low-income Alabamians accused of municipal violations won unanimous Senate committee approval Wednesday. SB 31, sponsored by Sen. Greg Albritton, R-Atmore, would be a major step forward on criminal justice debt reform, which Arise members chose as one of our 2018 issue priorities. The bill cleared [...]
Date
January 10, 2018
Author
Dev Wakeley
Blog

Medicaid work requirements, ALL Kids, prison mental health funding among top 2019 budget challenges in Alabama

Alabama Medicaid had good news for legislators last week, but it won’t last long. Lower-than-expected prescription drug costs will help Medicaid carry $53 million forward into 2019, meaning the agency will need less General Fund (GF) money next year than initially expected, Medicaid Commissioner Stephanie Azar said during state GF budget hearings Thursday. But that [...]
Date
January 9, 2018
Author
Jim Carnes
Blog

Budgets for FY 2018 fall short of real need

The Alabama Legislature last week passed 2018 state budgets that once again fall short of meeting critical needs. While lawmakers avoided a repeat of last year’s General Fund (GF) crisis, which required a special session to resolve, the new budgets highlight structural flaws that will continue to hinder public services in our state until leaders [...]
Date
January 3, 2018
Author
Carol Gundlach
Other

Memorandum of Understanding for Alabama Arise member groups

As a member organization, we understand that we also automatically become members of Arise Citizens’ Policy Project (ACPP), and we commit to work through ACPP to understand poverty in Alabama and to help organize citizens in support of fairer public policies.
Issue
Other
Date
January 1, 2018
Author
Alabama Arise
Other

Electronic Funds Transfer agreement

When you choose electronic fund transfers, your tax-deductible gift will be paid automatically each month by your bank, and you will never have to write us another check (unless you want to!). A record of your contribution will appear on your monthly bank statement, making it easy to track your annual contributions for tax purposes. [...]
Issue
Other
Date
January 1, 2018
Author
Alabama Arise
Fact Sheet

Investing in the Housing Trust Fund would create jobs and expand housing opportunities across Alabama

Alabama lacks more than 90,000 homes for households making minimum wage or less. That means many hard-working Alabamians, seniors, students, veterans and folks on fixed incomes can’t afford a safe place to call home. State investment in the Alabama Housing Trust Fund (AHTF) would provide flexibility to meet a variety of housing needs across the state, [...]
Issue
Housing
Date
January 1, 2018
Author
Alabama Arise
News Releases

Children’s health care takes a back seat as Congress rushes to cut taxes for corporations, wealthy people

Arise Citizens’ Policy Project executive director Kimble Forrister issued the following statement Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, in response to Congress’ passage of a tax bill that disproportionately benefits rich people and corporations: “Congress’ misplaced priorities were on clear display today. Nearly 84,000 Alabama children are about to lose their ALL Kids coverage because lawmakers allowed [...]
Date
December 20, 2017
Author
Chris Sanders