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Arise legislative recap: April 26, 2019

A state Senate committee approved a bill Wednesday to cut new holes in Alabama’s safety net. Arise's Carol Gundlach explains how these new limits on Medicaid, SNAP and TANF would increase hunger and hardship for tens of thousands of struggling Alabamians.
Issues
Budgets, Safety Net
Date
April 26, 2019
Author
Matt Okarmus
Blog

Senate panel OKs costly new SNAP, Medicaid limits that would punish struggling Alabamians

There’s an old saying: If you like laws or sausage, you should never watch either one being made. Wednesday afternoon was a perfect example of how stomach-turning it can be to see how laws are often made in Alabama. The Senate Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Development Committee approved a bill Wednesday to cut new holes [...]
Issue
Safety Net
Date
April 26, 2019
Author
Carol Gundlach
Blog

Arise legislative recap: April 19, 2019

"The grocery tax is a tax on a basic necessity of life. It's a tax on survival. And it's time for Alabama to bring this tax to an end." Arise communications director Chris Sanders discusses a recent bill by Rep. Chris England that would be a major step forward on untaxing groceries. The video also [...]
Issues
Budgets, Health, Safety Net, Tax Reform
Date
April 19, 2019
Author
Matt Okarmus
Blog

Removing the FIT deduction would allow Alabama to untax groceries, expand Medicaid

Alabama's federal income tax (FIT) deduction provides a huge tax break for high-income individuals – but at what cost? $719 million to be exact. The FIT deduction is one big reason Alabama's tax system is upside down. For those who earn $30,000 a year, the deduction saves them about $27 on average. But for the [...]
Issues
Budgets, Health, Tax Reform
Date
April 15, 2019
Author
Alabama Arise
Blog

The real story of the House’s 2020 General Fund budget is what isn’t in it

Now that the gas tax is a reality, the Alabama Legislature appears to be in a hurry to finish up essential business – and maybe even adjourn a little early. The House on Tuesday passed a General Fund (GF) budget that differed little from Gov. Kay Ivey’s recommendations. With Alabama finally out of the worst of [...]
Issue
Budgets
Date
April 12, 2019
Author
Carol Gundlach
Blog

Arise legislative recap: April 12, 2019

"While the General Fund budget looks really good for what it is, what it is is not enough." Arise policy analyst Carol Gundlach breaks down what's missing from the General Fund budget that the Alabama House passed April 9.  
Issue
Budgets
Date
April 12, 2019
Author
Matt Okarmus
Blog

Payday lending is crushing Alabama communities. Our new report offers solutions

Alabama has more payday and title lenders than hospitals, high schools, movie theaters and county courthouses combined. The industry churns a profit out of desperate, financially fragile borrowers. And unfortunately, Alabama’s weak consumer protections provide them with plenty. We explore these problems in depth and offer policy solutions in “Broke: How Payday Lenders Crush Alabama [...]
Issue
Payday & Title Lending Reform
Date
April 12, 2019
Author
Dev Wakeley
In the News

Medicaid expansion must be part of the solution to Alabama’s prison woes

"We must address the generational impacts of a corrections system warped by chronic poverty, inadequate education and poor health," Arise's Jim Carnes writes in The Gadsden Times. "The solution will require both new revenue and broad policy reform. And one essential step is to extend health coverage to uninsured Alabama adults with low incomes." Read more [...]
Date
April 11, 2019
Source
Gadsden Times
In the News

Bill would give Alabama payday loan borrowers more time to pay

"Alabama lawmakers from both parties and advocacy groups spoke today in support of a bill to give payday loan customers more time to pay off loans, a change they said would help protect financially fragile borrowers from spirals of debt," AL.com reported. At the event, Alabama Arise and Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice [...]
Date
April 11, 2019
Source
AL.com
Report

Broke: How payday lenders crush Alabama communities

Alabama Arise and Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice teamed up to produce this report on the history, financial effects and human impact of high-cost payday lending in our state. The report highlights and executive summary are below. Click here to read the full report, or click the "Download" button at the top of [...]
Issue
Payday & Title Lending Reform
Date
April 11, 2019
Author
Alabama Arise