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Join us at the 2014 annual meeting!
Our members are our strength, and we expect a full, vibrant house at the 2014 annual meeting. ACPP's members will gather Sept. 27, 2014, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. John's A.M.E. Church in Montgomery (get directions here) to select our 2015 issue priorities. Six new proposals will compete with the five existing priorities for five slots on ACPP's issue roster. Review the issue priorities and proposals in the August 2014 newsletter here.
Both member groups and individual members can help select 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.
Arise Daily News Digest 9-1-2014
AL.COM - Some Alabama cities have seen dramatic racial shifts in population; check out your town.
AL.COM – Columnist John Archibald: Here's why the judge in Lowell Barron corruption case slapped Alabamians in the face.
AL.COM – Contributor Al Henley: Remembering why we celebrate Labor Day.
THE NATION - The True Meaning of Labor Day
THE ATLANTIC - The Bottom 1 Percent
SALON - America is so over homeownership: Why the shift to a renting economy might actually be a good thing.
SALON - Just what the Gulf of Mexico needs: Deepwater fracking slated to expand.
WASHINGTON POST - Study: Citizens United elected more Republicans.
WASHINGTON POST - Only the White House is talking about a government shutdown, Ted Cruz says.
WASHINGTON POST - Columnist Robert Samuelson: Workers are at the mercy of markets.
WASHINGTON POST - Columnist E. J. Dionne: A Market Basket of dignity.
WASHINGTON POST - The Washington Post: Labor Day means more than cookouts and back to school.
WASHINGTON POST - The Washington Post: Medicaid expansion holdouts are ideologically blinded.
NEW YORK TIMES - More Workers Are Claiming ‘Wage Theft’
NEW YORK TIMES - California Governor Appeals Court Ruling Overturning Protections for Teachers
NEW YORK TIMES – The New York Times: Labor Today: Wages and Salaries Still Lag as Corporate Profits Surge
NEW YORK TIMES – Columnist Paul Krugman: The Medicare Miracle
LOS ANGELES TIMES - Columnist Scott Martelle: Why Americans support both unions and right-to-work laws.
CARE2 - When 4 Jobs Aren’t Enough: Why We Need a Living Wage
WELD - Publisher Mark Kelly: Sicker by the minute.
The State of Working Alabama 2014: On Labor Day, Alabama workers face high unemployment, lost jobs, stagnant wages and increased inequality
Many Alabama workers may find little reason to celebrate as we approach this Labor Day. The Great Recession is officially over, but the average Alabama worker has not yet recovered from it, as employment and jobs continue to lag behind and wages remain stagnant.
Policy analyst Carol Gundlach's new report, part of ACPP's State of Working Alabama 2014 series, examines the difficult employment, job and wage trends that working Alabamians face, as well as the growing income inequality between the top 1 percent and the rest of the population. The report also considers how Medicaid expansion, investments in infrastructure, an end to the state sales tax on groceries and other policies could help boost job growth, reduce unemployment and support Alabama workers.
The Basics: WIC Saves Lives, Prevents Malnutrition
Congress established WIC in the 1970s to try to reduce disturbingly high infant death rates, and the program has been a success story ever since. Infant mortality rates in Alabama and nationwide have fallen by nearly two-thirds since the creation of the program officially known as the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children.
WIC has saved tens of thousands of lives and improved the health of hundreds of thousands, all while pumping billions of dollars a year into the economy. But WIC also sometimes runs out of money and has to remove participants until the next budget year. This fact sheet by ACPP policy analyst Carol Gundlach looks at what makes WIC so effective and considers some of the near-term challenges that may lie ahead for the program.
Statewide payday loan database a good first step for Alabama consumers
Arise Citizens’ Policy Project executive director Kimble Forrister issued the following statement Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, after a Montgomery circuit judge’s dismissal of a lawsuit against the state Banking Department’s proposal to create a statewide common database of payday loans in Alabama:
“We’re excited about this week’s ruling. A statewide payday loan database will make it possible to enforce current limits on how much payday loan debt a borrower can have at one time. That will help protect vulnerable borrowers from racking up thousands of dollars in high-interest debt, and it’ll help slow the drain of millions of dollars from our state’s retail economy.
“Alabama still needs to reduce interest rates on payday loans. It’s outrageous that our state condones an interest rate of 456 percent APR on these loans. But a statewide database is a good first step toward protecting borrowers and communities from the high costs of high-interest loans.”
Report: Alabama's process to estimate revenues lags those of other states
Alabama should improve the way it estimates revenues to create a more fiscally responsible budget, according to a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), a nonprofit research organization in Washington, D.C. In the report's evaluation of how states estimate annual revenues, Alabama scored only a 1 on a scale of zero to five because it lacks some practices that Kentucky, Louisiana and other states use to help create strong estimates to guide state spending on education, health care, public safety and other vital public services.
"Our state's revenue estimating process has room for improvement," ACPP executive director Kimble Forrister said. "Lawmakers should reform it to improve fiscal discipline and create a more robust debate about how Alabama raises and spends money."