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Join us at the 2015 annual meeting!
Your voice matters! We expect a huge crowd at the 2015 Arise annual meeting. ACPP members will gather Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Montgomery (get directions here) to choose our 2016 issue priorities. New proposals will compete with four existing priorities for five slots on ACPP's issue roster.
Both member groups and individual members can help choose next year's priorities. Member groups in good standing can bring up to six representatives who can cast seven votes each, for a total of up to 42 votes per group. Individual members can cast five votes each. A member can vote as an individual or a group representative, but not both. Attendance is free, though we ask you to bring $10 for lunch if you can.
Click here to RSVP today. If you have questions about the event or your membership status, call us at 334-832-9060. We hope to see you there!
Arise Daily News Digest 8-1-2015
AL.COM - Gov. Robert Bentley says 'lottery is like leisure suits'.
AL.COM - Alabama lawmaker admits shooting ex-wife's tires.
AL.COM - Bibb County prison on lockdown after inmates barricade dormitory, start fire.
AL.COM - Judge to dismiss inmate abortion case, ProPublica weighs in.
AL.COM - Gulf states awarded $4.2 million in BP tourism grants; 28 Alabama agencies, cities share $900,000.
AL.COM - Jail phone provider caps user costs, follows Alabama lead.
AL.COM - U.S. Rep. Palmer plans Israel trip amid 'grave concerns' with Iran deal.
AL.COM - Tom Albritton, Alabama's new ethics executive director, wants to be fair, consistent.
AL.COM – Columnist Kyle Whitmire: What does Alabama want: taxes, cuts or gambling?
AL.COM - It's not just Walter Energy: Alpha Natural Resources reportedly prepping for bankruptcy.
AL.COM - Walter Energy eliminating 180 jobs near Tuscaloosa, could eliminate up to 545 more.
AL.COM - Japanese automakers, including Alabama plants, increase U.S. output, purchases.
AL.COM – Contributor David Bronner: Johnson Center a poor steward of facts where RSA concerned.
ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER - Bentley Asks Legislature for $310 Million and a Hotel by the Beach
ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER - Contributor John Rice: Promises to Keep
WSFA – Columnist Ken Hare In Depth: Montgomery MAY lead nation in sexually transmitted diseases.
DECATUR DAILY - Local bingo halls raising big money for charity.
(FLORENCE) TIMES DAILY - Governor: We need to change we way we budget in our state.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - Congress marks 50th anniversary of Voting Rights Act.
OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS - Hubbard legal team seeks evidentiary hearing.
OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS - Ex-Public Service Commissioner Dunn seeks return to office.
WASHINGTON POST - Million-dollar donors pump huge sums into 2016 White House race.
WASHINGTON POST - Excited about an upcoming raise? Don’t be.
NEW YORK TIMES - A Slack Lifeline for Drowning Homeowners
Lawmakers should focus on a General Fund budget that will make Alabama stronger
ACPP policy director Jim Carnes issued the following statement Friday, July 10, 2015, in response to Gov. Robert Bentley’s call for a special session on the General Fund budget:
“Alabama is at a crossroads. The path we choose now could define our state for a generation. As lawmakers consider the General Fund budget in the coming weeks, we urge them to choose a path that will make Alabama stronger.
“Alabamians need a budget that protects children, seniors and our most vulnerable neighbors. Important services like Medicaid, mental health care and public safety make Alabama a better place to live and work. But these services have been cut to the bone in recent years, and even deeper cuts are not the way to repair the damage. It’s time to stop the cuts and invest in a stronger Alabama.”
New revenue for a stronger Alabama
What makes a state strong? We likely all could agree on a few answers: healthy people, a dependable workforce, a stable government, safe streets and vibrant communities. But without new revenue to address a huge General Fund budget shortfall, Alabama will face devastating cuts to education, health care, public safety and other vital services that make shared prosperity possible.
If the Legislature can’t agree on new revenue to avoid these cuts, Alabamians would see thousands of lost jobs, a sharp decline in our state’s quality of life and a weaker future for years to come. Here’s a snapshot of what Alabama would look like if the cuts in a no-new-revenue General Fund budget become reality.
ACA ruling a huge win for affordable health care in Alabama
ACPP policy director Jim Carnes issued the following statement Thursday, June 25, 2015, in response to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding Affordable Care Act tax credits in Alabama and other states:
“The Supreme Court’s decision is a huge victory for millions of Americans, including more than 170,000 Alabamians who have gained health coverage through the federal Marketplace. This ruling protects tax credits that make coverage more affordable for 132,000 Alabamians, and it protects all Americans from the soaring insurance costs that would have resulted from a decision the other way.
“With today’s ruling, health coverage for thousands of Alabama families is safe and sound. Now it’s time for Alabama to take the next step and close the Medicaid coverage gap for thousands more. Health reform is the law of the land, and our leaders should work to make sure it succeeds in providing access to affordable coverage for all Alabamians.”