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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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. [...]
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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.