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Fact Sheet

Untax groceries and protect funding for Alabama’s public schools

The sales tax on groceries is a cruel tax on survival. It drives struggling people deeper into poverty. Here’s why Alabama should end this tax – and how to do it: Alabama is one of only three states with no tax break on groceries. The state grocery tax is 4%, equal to two weeks’ worth [...]
Issue
Tax Reform
Date
February 25, 2020
Author
Alabama Arise
Fact Sheet

Alabama needs to expand Medicaid NOW!

Medicaid is a health lifeline for one in four Alabamians and an economic engine for communities across our state. Extending Medicaid coverage to adults with low incomes would make life better for Alabamians of all races, genders and incomes. Medicaid expansion would ensure coverage for 340,000 Alabamians, including: People who work low-wage jobs and can’t [...]
Issues
Health, Medicaid Expansion
Date
February 25, 2020
Author
Alabama Arise
Fact Sheet

Fund public transit to improve lives

Alabama’s public transportation shortfall is hurting people, communities and the economy. Many seniors, people with disabilities, and people with low incomes rely on public transit to go to work, get to the doctor and run essential errands. But Alabama provides no state money to help meet those needs. Here’s why our state should make this [...]
Issue
Public Transportation
Date
February 25, 2020
Author
Alabama Arise
Blog

Arise legislative recap: Feb. 25, 2020

Today, Feb. 25, is our annual Legislative Day, and we're excited to continue our efforts to untax groceries. Arise's Carol Gundlach talks about steps you can take to contact your lawmakers on this issue if you can't be there in person.
Issues
Budgets, Tax Reform, Economic Opportunity
Date
February 25, 2020
Author
Matt Okarmus
In the News

Payday loan bill dies, but issue not dead

Alabama borrowers pay nearly $100 million a year in fees for high-cost payday loans. “The fact that this bill got shut down in committee does not negate the fact that there is a massive need for reform,” Arise's Dev Wakeley tells Alabama Daily News. Read more from Alabama Daily News.
Date
February 24, 2020
Source
Alabama Daily News
Member Resources

Tips for visiting the Alabama State House

Thank you for advocating for a better Alabama for all! Here are some things you should know if you plan to visit the State House in Montgomery. General information The Alabama State House is located at 11 South Union Street, Montgomery, AL 36130. For House information, call 334-261-0500. For Senate information, call 334-261-0800. Everyone must [...]
Date
February 20, 2020
Author
Alabama Arise
Member Resources

How you can support Alabama Arise from an IRA or 401(k)

Alabama Arise members are generous, caring and resourceful people. That’s why I want to highlight a powerful giving opportunity for members who are at least 70½ years of age and drawing income from a tax-deferred savings account such as a traditional IRA, 401(k), 403(k), 403(b) or Thrift Savings Plan. Whether you itemize or take the [...]
Date
February 19, 2020
Author
Brenda Boman
Blog

Arise legislative recap: Feb. 14, 2020

Alabama borrowers suffered a setback Wednesday when a Senate committee blocked a payday lending reform bill. Policy analyst Dev Wakeley talks about what happened and where we go from here.
Issue
Payday & Title Lending Reform
Date
February 14, 2020
Author
Matt Okarmus
Blog

In a setback for Alabama borrowers, Senate committee blocks payday lending reform bill

Nearly three in four Alabamians support a strict 36% interest rate cap on payday loans. But public sentiment wasn’t enough Wednesday to convince a state Senate committee to approve even a modest new consumer protection. The Senate Banking and Insurance Committee voted 8-6 against SB 58, also known as the 30 Days to Pay bill. [...]
Issue
Payday & Title Lending Reform
Date
February 14, 2020
Author
Dev Wakeley
In the News

Payday lending restriction bill fails in Senate committee

An Alabama Senate committee blocked the 30 Days to Pay bill despite broad public support for payday lending reform. "The Legislature has had multiple opportunities to act, and I'm really discouraged to see this committee not move this bill forward," Arise's Robyn Hyden tells WSFA 12 in Montgomery. Learn more from WSFA 12 News.
Date
February 12, 2020
Source
WSFA 12 News