Stories

Alabama

  • Staffing Changes and a Shifting Terrain

    In the aftermath of a terribly disorienting week, I have spent some time thinking about the things that give me strength. I keep returning to a set of values held by the committed board and staff at the Foundation: equity and inclusion, democracy, justice and respect for all voices, to name a few.

    I believe today it is even more important that we work from these values, live by these...

  • Social media campaign puts human faces on Medicaid cuts

    Faced with the prospect of deep budget cuts, MRBF grantee partner Alabama Arise Citizens' Policy Project teamed up with allies to launch a social media campaign aimed at letting Alabamians share what Medicaid means to their families. #IamMedicaid has spread rapidly, galvanizing people statewide and catching the attention of several media outlets. MRBF invited Arise Policy Director Jim...

  • Supporting the Real Job Creators

    It’s a common economic development strategy in the South: State policymakers offer deep tax incentives and relocation subsidies to lure big corporations from elsewhere, a tactic sometimes called “smokestack chasing.” New evidence, however, suggests supporting in-state startups and existing local companies is a far more effective strategy for creating jobs and building strong economies. In “...