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Arise Daily News Digest 7-24-2014
AL.COM - Poll: A little over half of Americans say they or others are better off with Obamacare.
AL.COM - Governor Robert Bentley says call for special session 'misinterpreted.'
AL.COM - Obamacare nets nearly $1 million in insurance refunds to split among 10,000 in Alabama.
AL.COM - Arizona inmate dies 2 hours after execution began.
AL.COM - Making the failing grade: Website ranks Birmingham-Hoover area among worst for home vacancies.
AL.COM - Users of free government cellphones to start paying state 911 tax.
AL.COM - Bentley says national leaders should look to Alabama as model for running government.
AL.COM - Feds offer funds to help poor Alabama communities 'reimagine' workforce development.
AL.COM - ADEM sets hearing for controversial Shepherd Bend Mine on Black Warrior River for Aug. 28.
AL.COM - Affordable Care Act could survive loss of some subsidies, analysis says.
AL.COM - Alabama lawmaker heads up increasingly influential Southern Caucus: Today in state politics.
AL.COM – Contributor State Rep. Laura Hall: Republicans Wage War on the Middle Class
ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER - Contributor State Rep. Darrio Melton: We Can't Fix Alabama by Taking the Resources from Those Who Need Them Most
THE ATLANTIC - Disability Is Not Just a Metaphor
THE ATLANTIC - Why Do Other Rich Nations Spend So Much Less on Healthcare?
THE NATION - We’re Arresting Poor Mothers for Our Own Failures
MOTHER JONES - 785 of This Year's Unaccompanied Migrants Were Under 6 Years Old
WSFA - Columnist Ken Hare In Depth: Governor's call for resignations carries clout.
(FLORENCE) TIMES DAILY - Report: Accountability Act groups took in $25M, distributed $24K.
ANNISTON STAR - Governor: School fund safe from business incentive program.
ANNISTON STAR - The Anniston Star: If Obamacare goes away.
ANNISTON STAR - The Anniston Star: Bentley's latest scheme.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - ASU chairman signed for $100K transfer days before meeting.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - Sessions opposes EPA carbon rule.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - Chemical claims pit workers against auto supplier.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - The Montgomery Advertiser: Low, fair not same in taxes.
WASHINGTON POST - Will it be cheesesteaks, sunshine or fame that tip the scale? Members of Congress make their pitches to host the DNC convention.
WASHINGTON POST - Border crisis creates discomfort for state, local politicians over housing children.
WASHINGTON POST - Obama tax policies reduced inequality gap, new analysis shows.
WASHINGTON POST - Common Core might be the most important issue in the 2016 Republican presidential race. Here’s what you need to know about it.
WASHINGTON POST - Glenn Beck takes to the theaters to attack Common Core.
WASHINGTON POST - Columnist E. J. Dionne: A conservative judiciary run amok.
WASHINGTON POST - Columnist Robert Samuelson: Making corporate tax dodgers patriotic.
NEW YORK TIMES - U.S. Religious Leaders Embrace Cause of Immigrant Children
NEW YORK TIMES – Columnist Charles Blow: Paul Ryan and His Poverty Prophet
The Basics: Alabama's Meager but Vital TANF Program
The cost of living has increased in the last two decades, but federal money for temporary cash aid for very low-income families has not kept up. The federal government in 1997 froze its allocations for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, informally known as welfare. Since then, the number of families receiving benefits has plummeted in Alabama and nationwide, even as needs mounted during the Great Recession. Years of inflation also have eroded the buying power of Alabama's already meager benefits.
Fewer Alabama families are receiving TANF aid, and those benefits don't go nearly as far as they once did. This fact sheet by ACPP policy analyst Carol Gundlach details TANF's origins and structure, examines its eligibility requirements and considers how the program could do a better job of helping low-income Alabamians endure tough times.
7-10-14 ACPP Report
Lead article: Prison reform takes center stage
The Basics: Child Nutrition Programs in Alabama
Many hungry children miss out on far more than regular meals. Hunger can do serious, long-term harm to a child's health and ability to learn, and childhood hunger is a bigger challenge in Alabama than in most other states. More than one in four of the state's children live in families with incomes below the poverty level, and more than one in five Alabama families with children say they have trouble putting enough food on the table.
Three key child nutrition programs -- the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program and the Summer Food Service Program -- have been shown to help improve children's health and ability to learn. This fact sheet by ACPP policy analyst Carol Gundlach examines what these programs mean for hundreds of thousands of Alabama children and considers some ways the programs could serve even more hungry children.
Out of Step: Alabama's Unusual State Tax State system -- 2014 update
Taxes are the tools that Americans use to pay for education, public health, transportation and other elements of the common good. But in Alabama, the tax system is upside down, with low- and middle-income people paying twice the share of their income in state and local taxes that the top 1 percent pay.
This updated fact sheet looks at the different ways that states collect revenues to pay for public services and examines some of the differences that place Alabama's tax system out of line with the way most other states do things.
Special enrollment periods for health coverage
Initial open enrollment for coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace has ended, but you still may be able to sign up for a plan. Alabamians who experience certain life events may qualify for a Special Enrollment Period without waiting until the next open enrollment (Nov. 15, 2014, through Feb. 15, 2015).
This issue brief looks at the life changes and other opportunities that may allow people to enroll in Marketplace coverage throughout the year.