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Report ranks Alabama worst in the U.S. for higher education cuts

"A lot of qualified students decide not to pursue the degree or to finish a degree program because they’re simply priced out of the opportunity to do so," Arise's Chris Sanders tells WBHM 90.3 in Birmingham. "So we are dissuading folks from pursuing their dreams. We’re reducing campus diversity, and we’re reducing opportunity for people [...]
Date
October 28, 2019
Source
WBHM 90.3 FM
Blog

You can help protect school meals for thousands of Alabama children

We alerted you this summer to a proposed rule that could deny 36,000 Alabamians access to food assistance under the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP). By changing SNAP’s categorical eligibility requirements, this proposal would deny or reduce nutrition assistance to almost 3 million struggling Americans. But it turns out it’s even worse for children than [...]
Issue
Safety Net
Date
October 25, 2019
Author
Carol Gundlach
In the News

Tuition at Ala. colleges on the rise

Soaring college tuition means "we're reducing campus diversity, and we're reducing opportunity," Arise's Chris Sanders tells WSFA 12 in Montgomery. "A lot of jobs these days require two-year and four-year degrees. And if folks are priced out of that, they lose the opportunity to advance in their careers and pursue their dreams." Learn more from [...]
Date
October 24, 2019
Source
WSFA 12 News
News Releases

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