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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
Fact Sheet

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
Blog

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

Alabama needs a criminal justice system that values the lives and well-being of everyone involved. Our state should treat people fairly, apply punishment humanely and focus on restoring offenders to productive roles in society. Alabama Arise is closely monitoring the Study Group on Criminal Justice Policy that Gov. Kay Ivey appointed in July. Former Alabama [...]
Issues
Criminal Justice, Health
Date
September 12, 2019
Author
Dev Wakeley
In the News

Alabama Arise: More Alabamians lack health insurance

"No one should have to go without the medical care they need simply because they can’t afford it," Arise's Jim Carnes tells Alabama Daily News. "But that's the reality for a growing number of Alabamians, because our state has refused to expand Medicaid." Read more from Alabama Daily News.
Date
September 11, 2019
Source
Alabama Daily News
News Releases

Alabama’s uninsured rate is growing because we haven’t expanded Medicaid

U.S. Census findings released Tuesday show that about 32,000 more Alabamians were uninsured in 2018 than in 2017. They also found that the state’s uninsured rate remained higher than the national average. Alabama Arise policy director Jim Carnes issued the following statement in response: “No one should have to go without the medical care they [...]
Issues
Health, Economic Opportunity
Date
September 10, 2019
Author
Chris Sanders
News Releases

Alabama Arise members vow to renew ‘untax groceries’ push in 2020

Ending the state sales tax on groceries is one of the top goals on Alabama Arise’s 2020 legislative agenda. Nearly 200 Arise members picked the organization’s issue priorities at its annual meeting Saturday in Montgomery. The seven issues chosen were: Tax reform, including untaxing groceries and ending the state’s upside-down deduction for federal income taxes, [...]
Issues
Budgets, Criminal Justice, Health, Payday & Title Lending Reform, Public Transportation, Tax Reform, Voting Rights
Date
September 9, 2019
Author
Chris Sanders
In the News

Alabama Arise members meet, vote on critical state issues

"We believe that faith communities, people on the front lines of serving people in poverty, and people directly impacted who are in poverty come up with the best solutions," Arise's Robyn Hyden tells WSFA 12 in Montgomery. Learn more from WSFA 12 News.
Date
September 7, 2019
Source
WSFA 12 News
In the News

100,000 employed Alabamians can’t afford health care

"The economic boost we would get from Medicaid expansion is really unparalleled," Arise's Jim Carnes tells the Alabama Political Reporter. "If Medicaid expansion were a factory or a NASA contract, we'd be having parades down every main street." Read more from the Alabama Political Reporter.
Date
September 5, 2019
Source
Alabama Political Reporter
In the News

Increase child care funding to invest in Alabama’s future

"Increased investment in child care will reduce poverty, support working parents and help Alabama’s children grow and thrive," Arise's Carol Gundlach writes on AL.com. "[U.S. Sens. Doug] Jones and [Richard] Shelby should commit to this needed investment in our state’s economy, families and future prosperity." Read more on AL.com.
Date
August 30, 2019
Source
AL.com