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ACPP Report: Alabama Workers to Feel Recession’s Fallout for Years

Many of the pathways Alabamians traditionally have used to get ahead have become more difficult to travel in the wake of the Great Recession, according to The State of Working Alabama 2011, a new Arise Citizens’ Policy Project report released today. Falling median household income, stagnating wages and soaring college costs have made it tougher [...]
Issue
Economic Opportunity
Date
November 1, 2011
Author
Chris Sanders
Report

The State of Working Alabama 2011

Well after the nation's official recovery from the Great Recession began, Alabama continued to feel the downturn's lingering effects in 2010: lower median household incomes, more poverty and more residents without health insurance. Unemployment has fallen from its 2009 peak, but the state's jobless rate remains above the national average. Higher poverty, fueled by lower incomes [...]
Issue
Economic Opportunity
Date
November 1, 2011
Author
Chris Sanders
Fact Sheet

A tax on survival: Grocery tax policies in America

Food takes a much bigger bite out of the household budget for low-income families than for richer ones, and sales taxes on groceries thus hit harder at lower incomes. In recognition of this fact, most states either have exempted groceries from state sales taxes entirely or have devised ways to help offset grocery taxes for low-income [...]
Issue
Tax Reform
Date
June 24, 2011
Author
Chris Sanders
Fact Sheet

Hands on: Alabama’s adult workforce development

As Alabama recovers from a recession that undercut a wave of record economic growth and employment, workforce development policymakers face a two-fold challenge: getting thousands of Alabamians back to work and gearing up the broader workforce for systemic changes in the economy. This fact sheet offers an overview of skills training programs and related components of Alabama's [...]
Issue
Economic Opportunity
Date
June 24, 2011
Author
Alabama Arise
Fact Sheet

Teamwork for the common good

If you talk to a low-income Alabamian about the state's tax system, you're liable to hear two things. One is a boast that the state has some of the nation's lowest taxes. The other is a complaint that, nevertheless, the person pays too much in taxes. The statements may sound contradictory, but both are grounded in [...]
Issue
Tax Reform
Date
May 27, 2011
Author
Alabama Arise
Fact Sheet

Same work, less pay: The wage gap in Alabama

Imagine the uproar if football officials suddenly were to declare touchdowns worth six points for one team but only five points for the other. Many workers both in Alabama and nationwide encounter just that sort of shortfall with every paycheck they receive. Despite decades of steady improvement, sizable earnings gaps remain between women and men and [...]
Issue
Economic Opportunity
Date
January 27, 2011
Author
Chris Sanders
News Releases

ACPP Report: Recession Over, but Struggles Remain for Alabama Workers

Alabama’s unemployment rate doubled between 2008 and 2009, leading to more poverty, more uninsured residents and more economic insecurity for workers weathering the Great Recession, according to The State of Working Alabama 2010, a new Arise Citizens’ Policy Project report released today. Unemployment growth was swift and intense in Alabama last year, the report finds, [...]
Issue
Economic Opportunity
Date
November 18, 2010
Author
Chris Sanders
Report

The State of Working Alabama 2010

Like this summer's BP oil disaster, the Great Recession started for many Alabamians as something far away and impersonal. Then the disaster hit Alabama, and it hit hard. The resulting devastation was far-reaching, with scars that could last for decades even as things begin to return to normal.
Issue
Economic Opportunity
Date
November 18, 2010
Author
Chris Sanders
Fact Sheet

Hard cash: Predatory lending in Alabama

On busy highways and run-down streets across the state, you can't miss them -- big, bright signs promising easy money. From payday loans to refund anticipation loans to title pawns, Alabamians face a dizzying array of credit services designed to trap consumers in financial quicksand. This updated fact sheet provides new information on predatory lending in Alabama.
Issue
Payday & Title Lending Reform
Date
October 7, 2010
Author
Stephen Stetson
Fact Sheet

Stuck: Low-wage jobs are holding Alabama back

No matter what lies ahead for Alabama's economy, a high school diploma is no longer a ticket for employment. We emphasize this point with students, but we leave underprepared adults in the lurch. And it will require more than just each year's crop of high school graduates to meet the new economy's demands. Effective workforce development [...]
Issue
Economic Opportunity
Date
September 30, 2010
Author
Stephen Stetson