2014 policy priorities

For better or worse, policy decisions at all levels of government affect everyday lives. ACPP analyzes existing and proposed state and federal policies to assess their impact on low- and middle-income Alabamians. Because our policy work is supported by foundation grants, we cannot use those funds to urge voters to support or oppose policy proposals.

ACPP members have chosen the following issues as policy priorities for 2014. (The first two are permanent priorities; the remaining five reflect this year's concerns.)

  • Adequate funding for health care, child care, education and other human services
  • Tax reform
  • Utility rate issues affecting low-income Alabamians
  • Debt collection exemptions
  • Death penalty reform
  • Payday lending reform and title lending reform
  • Lifting the lifetime SNAP ban for people with a felony drug conviction

ACPP monitors all proposed legislation to evaluate its potential impact on low-income Alabamians. The legislative committee of the board may approve membership action on other issues that arise throughout the year.