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Arise release: Immigration reform would boost Alabama tax revenues by $30 million
Alabama's state and local tax collections would increase by more than $30 million a year under the immigration reform bill that passed in the U.S. Senate, according to a new study by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP). The bill also would decrease the federal deficit and boost undocumented immigrants' state and local tax contributions by more than $2 billion nationwide, ITEP finds.
"Undocumented immigrants already pay sales and property taxes in Alabama when they buy things or pay rent," ACPP executive director Kimble Forrister said. "Their share would go up even more under immigration reform. The Senate bill would mean more revenue and stronger growth for our state's economy."
38,000 Alabama military families benefit from working-family tax credits
About 38,000 Alabama families with current or former members of the armed forces benefit from the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or the low-income component of the Child Tax Credit, according to a new report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP). The credits improve economic security for these families and help boost their children's school performance and future job prospects.
"Our service members and veterans have answered the call of duty, and it's our duty to make sure they can provide for their families back home," ACPP executive director Kimble Forrister said. "Through worker credits like the EITC and the Child Tax Credit we can help young families make ends meet."
Alabama's Higher Ed Cuts since 2008 Are Nation's Sixth Deepest
Alabama's cuts to state higher education funding since the start of the Great Recession have been the nation's sixth worst, according to a recent study released by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), a nonprofit policy research organization based in Washington, D.C. The funding reductions have fueled tuition increases of more than 50 percent and could endanger Alabama's economic future, ACPP executive director Kimble Forrister said.
Serious error in media Medicaid stories
There is a serious error in the Associated Press reporting about Medicaid that's been running in local media this week. Contrary to the reports, the Medicaid Advisory Commission roundly rejected a conversion to for-profit managed care. Rather, the commission proposed a statewide system of up to eight community-led Regional Care Organizations, similiar to the Patient Care Networks currently operating in four regions of the state. That proposal is reflected in SB 340, the Medicaid reform bill now before the Legislature.
ACPP has spoken to the reporter, and she is consulting with her editors about how to address the problem. In the meantime, we urge you to write to your local papers and TV stations to highlight the error and correct it. Misinformation is a pain, but it also presents opportunities for education.
Weak PSC oversight benefits Alabama Power at customers' expense, report finds
Alabama Power earns higher profits than most utilities nationwide while leaving customers paying more for their electricity than customers in all Southern states but Florida, according to a report released by Arise Citizens' Policy Project.
"The outdated way Alabama sets electricity rates is hurting families and businesses," ACPP executive director Kimble Forrister said. "It's not just numbers on paper. When people are living paycheck to paycheck, having to spend so much of their income on electricity bills really hurts."