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Big piece of a small pie: Alabama’s tax paradox

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
February 16, 2010
Author
Chris Sanders
Fact Sheet

IDAs: Building assets to break the chains of poverty

With just a small investment in a federally sponsored asset-building strategy known as Individual Development Accounts (IDAs), Alabama could help hundreds of low-income workers break the chains of poverty by saving for education, housing or entrepreneurship. This fact sheet explains how IDAs work, how they're funded and how Alabama can move forward with this innovative program.
Issue
Economic Opportunity
Date
December 6, 2007
Author
Chris Sanders
Fact Sheet

Alabama roadblock: Our public transit gap

Inadequate public transportation keeps thousands of Alabamians from meeting basic needs.More than 50 years after the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) provides no public transit funding. A 1952 amendment to Alabama's constitution makes it illegal to use state gas tax and license fee revenuse -- a logical source of transit funds [...]
Issue
Public Transportation
Date
February 18, 2004
Author
Alabama Arise
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Getting by: The challenge of measuring poverty

Defining poverty is a difficult task. The researcher who developed the poverty threshold called them a measure of "income inadequacy." That is, they reflect a general agreement about how much is too little to live on, rather than how much is enough. This fact sheet describes how the government measures poverty and offers an alternative measure called the Self-Sufficiency Standard [...]
Issue
Economic Opportunity
Date
January 5, 2004
Author
Jim Carnes