ACPP news releases

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.”

ACA ruling a huge win for affordable health care in Alabama

ACPP policy director Jim Carnes issued the following statement Thursday, June 25, 2015, in response to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding Affordable Care Act tax credits in Alabama and other states:

“The Supreme Court’s decision is a huge victory for millions of Americans, including more than 170,000 Alabamians who have gained health coverage through the federal Marketplace. This ruling protects tax credits that make coverage more affordable for 132,000 Alabamians, and it protects all Americans from the soaring insurance costs that would have resulted from a decision the other way.

“With today’s ruling, health coverage for thousands of Alabama families is safe and sound. Now it’s time for Alabama to take the next step and close the Medicaid coverage gap for thousands more. Health reform is the law of the land, and our leaders should work to make sure it succeeds in providing access to affordable coverage for all Alabamians.”

General Fund cuts would weaken Alabama's future

ACPP executive director Kimble Forrister issued the following statement Thursday, June 4, 2015, in response to the Alabama Legislature’s passage of a General Fund budget that slashes vital services like Medicaid, mental health care and public safety:

“This shortsighted General Fund budget would weaken Alabama’s economy and our future. Services like Medicaid, mental health care and public safety boost our quality of life and provide the backbone for economic growth. But Alabama has cut these services to the bone in recent years, and this budget would make the situation even worse. Children, seniors and our most vulnerable neighbors would suffer as a result.

“Alabama simply can’t afford these damaging cuts. It’s time to stop cutting the services that make our state a better, healthier place to live and to start investing in Alabama’s future.”

General Fund cuts would undermine Alabama's future

ACPP executive director Kimble Forrister issued the following statement Tuesday, May 19, 2015, in response to the Alabama House’s approval of a General Fund budget that slashes vital services like Medicaid, mental health care and child care:

“The House’s budget would weaken Alabama’s economy and our future. Services like Medicaid, mental health care and child care boost our quality of life and provide the backbone for economic growth. But Alabama has cut these services to the bone in recent years, and the House budget would make the situation even worse. Children, seniors and our most vulnerable neighbors would suffer as a result.

“Alabama simply can’t afford the cuts in the no-new-revenue General Fund budget. It’s time to stop cutting the services that make our state a better, healthier place to live and to start investing in Alabama’s future.”

New payday lending rules would be a good first step, but rate cap still needed to help consumers

ACPP executive director Kimble Forrister issued the following statement Thursday, March 26, 2015, in response to President Obama’s speech in Birmingham on proposed new federal payday lending regulations:

“It’s past time to rein in high-cost payday lending. The proposed new federal regulations that President Obama talked about in Birmingham today would be a big step toward keeping consumers out of debt traps in Alabama and across the country.

“The safeguards that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is considering would make life better for thousands of families in Alabama. A mandatory cooling-off period after repeated loans would protect borrowers and encourage responsible lending. It’s also heartening to see a proposal aimed at taking into account borrowers’ ability to repay loans.

“As promising as these proposals are, work remains to be done. The CFPB should work to require all payday and title lenders to evaluate borrowers’ repayment ability. And the most important step – reining in the triple-digit annual interest rates on these loans – requires action from our state leaders. By capping these rates at 36 percent, Alabama lawmakers can strengthen our communities and protect families from the high costs of high-cost lending.”

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