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Budget solutions, lending reform, housing among Arise's 2016 issue priorities
Long-term General Fund solutions, affordable housing, and payday and auto title lending reform are among the goals on Alabama Arise’s 2016 legislative agenda. Other issues are tax reform, “ban the box” legislation, death penalty reform and voting rights legislation. Arise members selected the group’s issue priorities at their annual meeting Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, in Montgomery.
“We believe in an Alabama where everyone has a voice and an opportunity to get ahead,” Arise’s Kimble Forrister said. “These proposals would create a more level playing field, and they would help hard-working Alabamians build a better life for their children.”
Alabama needs long-term General Fund solutions to invest in our state's future
ACPP executive director Kimble Forrister issued the following statement Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, after the Alabama Legislature’s passage of a General Fund budget that cuts senior services and other vital programs:
“Barely scraping by for another year is no cause for celebration. Alabama is still shortchanging needed investments in education, health care, child care, public safety and other services that make our state a better place to live and work. We must end the cycle of shortfalls and find lasting, progressive funding solutions for these important services.
“Moving growth revenue to the General Fund while protecting education funding was a positive step. It was also promising to see a bright light shined on Alabama’s fundamental budget problems. But our leaders still need to do far more to raise revenue to provide stable, adequate support for services that help working families get ahead. Ending the numerous tax breaks that favor wealthy people and large corporations would be a great place to start.
“Alabama can’t afford more damaging cuts. We need to do better by our children, our seniors and our most vulnerable neighbors. It’s time to fix the state’s upside-down tax system and invest in Alabama’s future.”
200+ groups urge $300 million in new General Fund tax revenue to help keep Alabama strong
More than 200 organizations across Alabama have signed an open letter urging lawmakers to approve $300 million in new General Fund tax revenue to prevent devastating cuts to health care, public safety and other vital services.
Alabama Arise, Alabama Children First and AARP Alabama are among the hundreds of groups to join the Stand Tall Alabama initiative. Other letter signees include many churches, community groups, hospitals, health advocates and statewide organizations across Alabama.
“We’re excited to hear so many voices speak up for new tax revenue to keep Alabama strong,” Arise’s Kimble Forrister said. “The decisions made during this special session will affect our economy and quality of life for years to come. It’s crucial for our leaders to choose a path forward that strengthens our state and ensures all Alabamians have an opportunity to get ahead.”
Medicaid cuts threaten Alabama's entire health care system
ACPP policy director Jim Carnes issued the following statement Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, in response to the Alabama House’s passage of a General Fund budget that would slash state Medicaid funding by 23 percent:
“A budget is more than a balance sheet. It’s a statement of our values. And the Alabama House’s decision today to gut Medicaid sent a stark message to a million Alabamians: Your health coverage doesn’t matter.
“The House voted to balance the General Fund budget on the backs of the most vulnerable Alabamians: children, seniors, and people with disabilities. The plan would set our state’s health system and economy on a dangerous course. Dozens of hospitals could be forced to shut their doors, and every Alabama community would see its quality of life decline.
“This isn’t a game. People’s health and livelihoods are at stake. We urge the Senate and Governor Bentley to block this reckless maneuver. It’s time to restore good sense to the budget process and make Alabama stronger.”
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.”