EXPANDING ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL
Unemployment Down to 4.7%: The unemployment rate in Alabama has declined from 7.6% to 4.7% since 1993. 240,300 New Jobs: 240,300 new jobs have been created in Alabama since 1993 -- an average of 37,942 per year, compared to an average of just 28,775 jobs per year in the previous administration. 228,600 New Private Sector Jobs: Since 1993, 228,600 new private sector jobs have been created in Alabama-an average of 36,095 jobs per year, compared to an average of just 22,425 private sector jobs per year in the previous administration. 31,000 New Construction Jobs: 31,000 construction jobs have been created in Alabama since 1993 -- an average of 4,895 jobs per year. In contrast, an average of 75 construction jobs were lost each year during the previous administration. Poverty Has Fallen: In Alabama, the poverty rate has fallen from 17.4% in 1993 to 15.7% in 1997-- down 1.7% under President Clinton. [Census Bureau] 252,000 Have Received a Raise: Approximately 105,000 Alabama workers benefited from an increase in the minimum wage-from $4.25 to $4.75 -- on October 1, 1996. They, along with about 147,000 more have received an additional raise-from $4.75 to $5.15 -- on September 1, 1997. A $500 Child Tax Credit to Help Families Raising Children: To help make it easier for families to raise their children, the balanced budget included a $500 per-child tax credit for children under 17. Thanks to President Clinton, the balanced budget delivers a child tax credit to 455,000 families in Alabama. Business Failures Down 8.6% Per Year: Business failures in Alabama have dropped an average of 8.6% per year since 1993, after increasing 15.9% per year during the previous 12 years [Oct 98 data]. Home Ownership Has Increased in Alabama: Home ownership in Alabama has increased from 70.5% to 73.0% since the fourth quarter of 1993. Home Building Up 6.1%: Home building in Alabama has increased by an average of 6.1% per year since 1993, after increasing only 2.1% per year during the previous administration. Over $25,000 of Reduced Federal Debt for Every Family of Four: The national debt will be $1.7 trillion lower in FY99 than projected in 1993 -- that's $25,000 less debt for each family of four in Alabama this year. 19.1% Growth in Total Bank Loans and Leases: Alabama has seen a 19.1% average growth rate in total bank loans and leases per year since 1993, after increasing only 4.0%during the previous administration. 15.1% Growth in Commercial and Industrial Loans and Leases: Since 1993, Alabama has experienced a 15.1% annual growth rate in commercial and industrial loans and leases, after increasing only 0.8% during the previous administration.
EXPANDING ACCESS TO EDUCATION
Over 15,000 Children in Head Start: Over 15,000 Alabama children were enrolled in Head Start in 1998. In FY99, Alabama will receive $71.9 million in Head Start funding, an increase of $24.9 million over 1993. More High-Quality Teachers With Smaller Class Sizes for Alabama's Schools: Thanks to President Clinton, the final FY99 budget provides for the first year of the President's new initiative to hire 100,000 new, well-prepared teachers, to reduce class sizes in the early grades to a national average of 18. Alabama receives $19.4 million in 1999 to hire about 499 new public school teachers. And, under President Clinton's proposal, Alabama would receive $22 million in FY2000 to support a total of 589 teachers. $7.3 Million in Goals 2000 Funding: This year [FY99], Alabama receives $7.3 million in Goals 2000 funding. This money is used to raise academic achievement by raising academic standards, increasing parental and community involvement in education, expanding the use of computers and technology in classrooms, and supporting high-quality teacher professional development. $7 Million for Technology Literacy: This year [FY99], Alabama receives $7 million-nearly doubling its funding over FY97 -- for the Technology Literacy Challenge Fund, which helps communities and the private sector ensure that every student is equipped with the computer literacy skills needed for the 21st century. Nearly $126 Million for Students Most in Need: Alabama receives nearly $126 million in Title I Grants (to Local Educational Agencies) providing extra help in the basics for students most in need, particularly communities and schools with high concentrations of children in low-income families [FY99]. This is an increase of nearly $300,000 over FY98. $143.2 Million in Pell Grants: This year [FY99], Alabama will receive $143.2 million in Pell Grants for low-income students going to college, an additional $6.7 million over last year. With this increase, a total of 74,500 Alabama students will benefit. Expanded Work-Study To Help More Students Work Their Way Through College: The FY99 budget includes a significant expansion of the Federal Work Study program. Alabama will receive $14.7 million in Work-Study funding in 1999 to help Alabama students work their way through college. Over 1,000 Have Served in Alabama through AmeriCorps: Since the National Service program began in 1993, 1050 AmeriCorps participants have earned money for college while working in Alabama's schools, hospitals, neighborhoods or parks [through 11/98]. Tuition Tax Credits in Balanced Budget Open the Doors of College and Promote Lifelong Learning: The balanced budget included both President Clinton's $1,500 HOPE Scholarship to help make the first two years of college as universal as a high school diploma and a Lifetime Learning Tax Credit for college juniors, seniors, graduate students and working Americans pursuing lifelong learning to upgrade their skills. This 20% tax credit will be applied to the first $5,000 of tuition and fees through 2002 and to the first $10,000 thereafter. 89,000 students in Alabama will receive a HOPE Scholarship tax credit of up to $1,500. 108,000 students in Alabama will receive the Lifetime Learning Tax Credit. [fully phased-in FY2000 estimate] Expanded Job Training to Alabama's Dislocated Workers: Thanks to President Clinton, the FY99 budget includes a significant expansion in the dislocated worker program. Alabama will receive $10.8 million in 1999 to help 6,410 of Alabama's dislocated workers get the training and reemployment services they need to return to work as quickly as possible.
FIGHTING CRIME AND VIOLENCE
Violent Crime Falls 32% in Alabama: Since 1992, violent crime in Alabama has fallen 32%. In Alabama's cities, between 1992 and 1997, serious crime, as indicated by the crime index, has declined 19% in Birmingham, 15% in Huntsville, and 14% in Montgomery. [1992 and 1997 Uniform Crime Reports] 1,560 More Police: The President's 1994 Crime Bill has funded 1,560 new police officers to date in communities across Alabama. [through 7/99] Bessemer and Birmingham Will Receive Targeted Funding to Hire More Community Police: Bessemer and Birmingham were selected as pilot cities for the President's new effort to target high crime neighborhoods. The pilot program will provide full funding for new officers by waiving the usual matching requirements. Bessemer and Birmingham will deploy new officers to help meet the unique needs of their communities, such as combating gangs or targeting drug "hot spots." Reducing Crime with Drug Courts: Working to reduce drug-related crime in Alabama, the Clinton Administration has awarded Drug Court grants to the community of Tuscaloosa. The Administration had previously awarded grants to a number of Alabama communities including: Atmore, Birmingham, Cullman, and Montgomery. Drug courts use the coercive power of the criminal justice system to combine drug testing, sanctions, supervision and treatment to push nonviolent, drug-abusing offenders to stop using drugs and committing crimes. $2.4 Million to Combat Domestic Violence: Through the Violence Against Women Act, Alabama received $2.4 million in federal funds in FY98 to establish more women's shelters and bolster law enforcement, prosecution and victims' services. Nearly $913,000 in Grants for Battered Women and Children: In FY98, Alabama received nearly $913,000 in HHS's Family Violence Prevention Program grants to assist women and children fleeing domestic abuse, an additional $159,000 increase over FY97. $6.8 Million to Keep Drugs & Violence Out of Alabama's Schools: Alabama receives $6.8 million in FY99 for the Safe & Drug Free Schools Program, which invests in school security and drug prevention programs.
MOVING ALABAMA RESIDENTS FROM WELFARE TO WORK
92,285 Fewer People on Welfare: There are 92,285 fewer people on welfare in Alabama now than there were at the beginning of 1993 -- a 65% decrease. [through 12/98] Child Support Collections Up 79%: Child support collections have increased by nearly $77 million-or 79% -- in Alabama since FY92. [through FY98] Encouraging Responsible Choices-Preventing Teen Pregnancy in Alabama: Since 1993, President Clinton and Vice President Gore have supported innovative and promising teen pregnancy prevention strategies, with significant components of the strategy becoming law in the 1996 Personal Responsibility Act. The law requires unmarried minor parents to stay in school and live at home or in a supervised setting; encourages "second chance homes" to provide teen parents with the skills and support they need; and provides $50 million a year in new funding for state abstinence education activities. Efforts are making a difference, adolescent pregnancy rates and teen abortion rates are declining. And between 1992 and 1997, teen birth rates declined 8% in Alabama. $29.7 Million for Alabama Welfare-to-Work: In 1998, Alabama received $14.0 million in Federal welfare-to-work state formula grants (the state matched $7.0 million in funding), helping Alabama welfare recipients get and keep jobs. In addition, $8.7 million in competitive grants were awarded to Alabama localities to support innovative welfare-to-work strategies. Part of the President's comprehensive efforts to move recipients from welfare to work, this funding was included in the $3 billion welfare to work fund in the 1997 Balanced Budget Act. Helping People Get to Work: Through the Access to Jobs initiative, the Clinton-Gore Administration is working with communities across the country to design transportation solutions to help welfare recipients and other low-income workers get to and from work. Birmingham has received a total of $500,000 this year to fund an innovative transit project.
INVESTING IN ALABAMA'S HEALTH
Health Care for Uninsured Children: The balanced budget included the largest single investment in health care for children since the passage of Medicaid in 1965 -- an unprecedented $24 billion over five years to cover as many as five million children throughout the nation. This investment guarantees the full range of benefits-from checkups to surgery -- that children need to grow up strong and healthy. It ensures that prescription drugs, vision, hearing, and mental health coverage now offered at the state level are extended to millions of uninsured children. To expand health coverage to 154,000 uninsured children in Alabama the balanced budget provided $86 million in 1998. This compares to the 1995 Republican plan vetoed by President Clinton that would have denied health care coverage to 18,900 children in Alabama. Helping Over 117,000 of Alabama's Women and Children with WIC: The Clinton Administration is committed to full funding in the Special Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). In FY98, Alabama received $65.1 million in total WIC grant funding, helping 117,300 women, infants and children in need receive health and food assistance. More Toddlers Are Being Immunized: As a result of the President's 1993 Childhood Immunization Initiative, childhood immunization rates have reached an historic high. According to the CDC, by 1996, 90% or more of America's toddlers received the most critical doses of each of the routinely recommended vaccines-surpassing the President's 1993 goal. In Alabama in 1997, 98% of two-year olds received the vaccines for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis; 95% received the vaccine for polio; 92% received the vaccine for measles, and 97% received the vaccine for Haemophilus influenzae B, the bacteria causing a form of meningitis. Increased Funding for Ryan White by $228.2 Million: Between 1993 and 1998, Alabama communities received $228.2 million in Ryan White formula and other HIV/AIDS program funds. This funding provides people living with HIV and AIDS medical and support services, including the AIDS Drug Assistance Program which helps those without insurance obtain much needed prescription drugs. [HHS, Health Resources and Services Administration, 12/98] Tobacco Plan Will Cut Smoking and Premature Deaths by 45% in Alabama: The Clinton Administration's tobacco proposal, combined with the recently enacted state tobacco settlements, will cut youth smoking and resulting premature deaths 45% in Alabama by 2004. Between 2000 and 2004, 53,800 of Alabama's youth will be kept from smoking and 17,200 will be spared a premature tobacco-related death. [Treasury Dept., 2/99] 2,050,000 Americans in Alabama Cannot Be Assured They Have Patient Protections: Even if Alabama enacted all the protections in the Patients' Bill of Rights, 2,050,000 people in Alabama cannot be assured they have the comprehensive patient protections recommended by the President's Advisory Commission. This is because the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) may preempt state-enacted protections. That is why the President has called on Congress to pass a federally enforceable patients' bill of rights so that everyone enrolled in managed care may have a basic set of protections. Notably, 1,040,000 Alabama women are in ERISA health plans and are therefore not necessarily protected. Women are particularly vulnerable without these protections because they are greater users of health care services, they make three-quarters of the health care decisions for their families, and they have specific health care needs addressed by a patients' bill of rights.
PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT
Superfund Clean-up in Perdido: Since 1993, the EPA completed one Superfund toxic waste site clean-up in Perdido, Alabama. [through 6/99] $9.7 Million in Safe Drinking Water Funding: This year [FY99], thanks to President Clinton, Alabama will receive $8.8 million for the Drinking Water State Revolving Funds to provide low-interest loans to municipalities to build, improve, and prevent pollution of drinking water systems. In addition, Alabama will receive $854,600 in Public Water Supply Supervision grants to help monitor drinking water quality and enforce health standards. Revitalizing Brownfields Projects in Alabama Communities: As part of the Clinton-Gore Administration's efforts to clean up Brownfields, the EPA has awarded grants to communities in Alabama-Birmingham, Uniontown, and Prichard-for environmental clean-up and economic revitalization. These projects are intended to jump-start local clean-up efforts by providing funds to return unproductive, abandoned, contaminated urban properties to productive use.
SPEARHEADING URBAN AND RURAL RENEWAL EFFORTS
Revitalizing Alabama's Communities: In 1994 Birmingham, Chambers County, Greene County, and Sumter Counties were all designated Enterprise Communities and were awarded $3 million each to create more jobs, housing, and economic opportunity for area residents. In 1999 Birmingham was designated as a Strategic Planning Community. Expanding the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Will Help Develop 3,300 To 4,000 New Affordable Housing Units in Alabama Over the Next 5Years: Last year, the President and Vice President pushed for a 40-percent expansion in the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit. This year, the President and Vice President will try again to enact tax incentives to develop affordable housing. In Alabama alone, this proposal would mean an additional 3,300 - 4,000 quality rental housing units for low-income American families during the next five years.
PROVIDING DISASTER RELIEF
$183.2 Million in Federal Emergency Assistance: Since 1993, Alabama has received $183.2 million in disaster relief. This includes $50.6 million in assistance for severe storms, flooding, tornadoes and Hurricane George in 1998. [FEMA, 12/98]
EXPANDING FUNDS FOR TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT
Over $2 Billion in Federal Highway Aid: Since 1993, Alabama has received over $2 billion in federal highway aid. Included in this funding is $132.6 million for emergency relief in response to natural disasters and $2.8 million for scenic byways. These funds have helped generate over 84,000 jobs. [through FY98] Over $108 Million in Aviation Funds: From FY93-FY98 Alabama received $108,345,500 in Airport Improvement Program funds to help build and renovate airports, and, when necessary, to provide funds for noise abatement to improve the quality of life for residents who live near airports. Over $103.9 Million in Transit Funds: Alabama has received over $103.9 million in Federal Transit Funding since 1993. Saving Lives and Property: In 1997, the United States Coast Guard saved 35 lives and over $9.6 million of property in Alabama.
Last Updated July 1999