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Alabama Senate committee eases Medicaid cuts, approves budget that Bentley already vetoed

Update: The Alabama Senate passed a no-new-revenue General Fund budget 19-15 Monday, but the House swiftly rejected it 92-2. The first special session ended without a budget, meaning Gov. Robert Bentley will have to call the Legislature back for a second special session. Get ready for another special session. That seems to be the takeaway [...]
Issues
Budgets, Health
Date
August 7, 2015
Author
Chris Sanders
Blog

Alabama House passes budget that could end Medicaid in state

Medicaid could end in Alabama under a General Fund (GF) budget that the Alabama House passed Wednesday. Medicaid would lose 23 percent of its state funding, or $156 million, next year under the plan. Lost federal matching money would increase those cuts significantly. Cuts that large could end the Medicaid program in Alabama, State Health Officer [...]
Issues
Budgets, Health
Date
August 5, 2015
Author
Carol Gundlach
Blog

Medicaid could end under Alabama House committee’s budget

Medicaid could end in Alabama under devastating cuts in a proposed General Fund (GF) budget that the Alabama House’s GF budget committee approved Tuesday, State Health Officer Don Williamson said. About one in five Alabamians would lose their health coverage, including nearly half of Alabama’s children and about 60 percent of the state’s seniors in [...]
Issues
Budgets, Health
Date
August 4, 2015
Author
Carol Gundlach
Handbook

The Alabama Tenants’ Handbook

More than 500,000 Alabama households live in rental housing. For a long time, there was no state law protecting the rights of renters. As of January 1, 2007, it's a different story. We now have the Alabama Landlord-Tenant Law to help make sure every rental house and apartment is a decent place to live. This handbook tells [...]
Issue
Housing
Date
August 1, 2015
Author
Alabama Arise
Fact Sheet

New revenue for a stronger Alabama

What makes a state strong? We likely all could agree on a few answers: healthy people, a dependable workforce, a stable government, safe streets and vibrant communities. But without new revenue to address a huge General Fund budget shortfall, Alabama will face devastating cuts to education, health care, public safety and other vital services that make [...]
Issue
Budgets
Date
July 1, 2015
Author
Carol Gundlach
Annual Report

Annual Report 2015

Together, we're getting results. The pace of change can feel frustratingly slow at times. But 2015 was not one of those times. Several breakthroughs brought us closer to the day when the shared vision we’ve worked toward for so long – a state where everyone has a voice and a chance to get ahead – moves [...]
Date
June 30, 2015
Author
Alabama Arise
Blog

What went well in 2015 — and the challenges that remain for Alabama

It’s over! But it’s not over yet. After approving a wholly inadequate General Fund budget that would jeopardize our state’s future, the Alabama Legislature ended the 2015 regular session Thursday. But Gov. Robert Bentley vetoed that budget, and he will call lawmakers back for a special session on the budget later this summer. Arise members celebrated some [...]
Issues
Budgets, Criminal Justice, Health, Housing, Payday & Title Lending Reform, Safety Net, Tax Reform
Date
June 12, 2015
Author
Kimble Forrister
Blog

HIV medication redistribution bill clears Alabama Legislature

New information: Gov. Robert Bentley will not sign the bill, his health policy adviser Dave White said Friday, June 12. White attributed the decision to a technical error in the committee amendment and said Bentley supports the bill's intent. Pharmacies that distribute HIV medications in or for HIV clinics could redistribute certain unopened drugs under a [...]
Issue
Health
Date
June 4, 2015
Author
Jim Carnes
Blog

Alabama Accountability Act changes receive final legislative approval

A bill that would expand tax credits under the Alabama Accountability Act (AAA) received final legislative approval Wednesday and went to Gov. Robert Bentley. SB 71, sponsored by Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston, is not the total repeal that Arise supported. But the bill would make significant improvements to the existing law (including [...]
Issues
Budgets, Tax Reform
Date
June 4, 2015
Author
Carol Gundlach
Blog

Alabama needs a lasting solution to its General Fund shortfall

Taxes pay for important things. Services like education, health care and public safety are the backbone of economic growth, and tax dollars support them. Alabama has a long, sad history of not raising enough revenue to fund these vital services adequately, and it’s all led to this: a looming 2016 budget shortfall that could undermine [...]
Issues
Budgets, Tax Reform
Date
May 29, 2015
Author
Carol Gundlach