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Alabama’s higher ed funding cuts since 2008 are the nation’s worst

Alabama has slashed its per-student state higher education funding more than any other state over the last decade, according to a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), a nonpartisan research organization based in Washington, D.C. Since 2008, Alabama has cut state higher education funding by 36.2%, or $4,466 per student, [...]
Issues
Budgets, Economic Opportunity
Date
October 24, 2019
Author
Chris Sanders
Blog

Affordable child care is an investment in Alabama’s future

“Anybody who’s ever paid for child care knows it’s cheaper to pay for college sometimes.” That’s what I told AL.com’s Anna Claire Vollers about Alabama’s shortage of affordable child care. Her new article this week examines how expensive child care limits economic opportunity for struggling parents across our state. Quality, affordable child care is essential [...]
Issues
Budgets, Safety Net, Economic Opportunity
Date
October 17, 2019
Author
Carol Gundlach
In the News

Expensive childcare keeps Alabama mothers out of higher-paying jobs

"Anybody who’s ever paid for child care knows it’s cheaper to pay for college sometimes," Arise's Carol Gundlach tells AL.com. This story cites Arise research on Alabama's shortage of affordable child care. It also examines how stronger state investment would help struggling parents. Read more on AL.com.
Date
October 15, 2019
Source
AL.com
In the News

Hospital association says new money helps hospitals hold on

Medicaid expansion is the long-term solution Alabama needs to protect rural hospitals and clinics, Arise's Jim Carnes tells WSFA 12 in Montgomery. "When a rural hospital closes, the economy essentially hollows out," Carnes said. "Just ring after ring of support services, then services like the cafes and other establishments that serve the workforce." Learn more [...]
Date
October 3, 2019
Source
WSFA 12 News
Blog

How Alabama can untax groceries and boost education

Alabama has two intertwined structural problems that, together, keep us from meeting our people’s most basic needs. One problem is that our state’s tax system is upside down. Rich people get huge tax breaks, forcing people with low and moderate incomes to make up the difference. The other problem is that this upside-down system doesn’t [...]
Issues
Budgets, Tax Reform
Date
October 2, 2019
Author
Carol Gundlach
Blog

ACHN launch begins a new era for Alabama Medicaid

Alabama Medicaid reforms first envisioned six years ago are finally going into effect today. And Alabama Arise will work hard to ensure Medicaid's new structure keeps patient needs and consumer voices at the forefront. The new plan brings regional control and care coordination of primary care services through seven Alabama Coordinated Health Networks (ACHNs) serving [...]
Issue
Health
Date
October 1, 2019
Author
Jim Carnes
Newsletter

September 2019 newsletter

Alabama can lead the nation in addressing the inequities of our past By Robyn Hyden, executive director The Alabama Arise annual meeting is my favorite day of the year. It’s the day we invite members to present new issue proposals and select legislative priorities. This year, more than 200 people gathered in Montgomery on Sept. [...]
Date
September 25, 2019
Author
Alabama Arise
In the News

Criminal justice study group offers Alabama a way to set the right course toward reform

"Doing the bare minimum to avoid federal oversight would be a disservice to our state," Arise's Dev Wakeley writes on AL.com. "The study group’s recommendations should offer a vision of a fully functional criminal justice system in Alabama." Read more on AL.com.
Date
September 19, 2019
Source
AL.com
Letters & Testimony

Alabama Arise comments in opposition to proposed SNAP categorical eligibility changes

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is proposing a rule that would require some states to reduce gross income limits for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) applicants. It also would force 42 states, including Alabama, to impose resource limits on applicants. More than 3 million people would become ineligible for food assistance under the rule, [...]
Issue
Safety Net
Date
September 19, 2019
Author
Alabama Arise
In the News

HIV advocacy group pioneers telehealth model in rural Alabama

"We have to accompany telemedicine with strong efforts to find incentives for rural practice, increasing our rural pipeline," Arise's Jim Carnes tells the Montgomery Advertiser. "We have to come to grips with the fact that Alabama underpays physicians we expect to carry the load of low-income Alabamians, many of whom are rural." Read more from [...]
Date
September 18, 2019
Source
Montgomery Advertiser