Fact Sheets and Briefs

January 15th, 2014
Patterned after a drug testing program in Utah, HB 49 proposes to drug test applicants for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program that are identified through a screening process as having a “high probability” of substance abuse.  For… (read more)
June 26th, 2013
A recent study of the effects of Oregon’s Medicaid Expansion has received a lot of attention in Mississippi—and it should.  The Oregon study findings, along with those from other studies, illustrate a number of beneficial outcomes for individuals with access… (read more)
December 1st, 2012
In Mississippi, the condition of the state’s healthcare industry shapes the medical care available to residents and employment opportunities for thousands of members of the state’s workforce. A new policy brief, Advancing Mississippi’s Healthcare Workforce, details ways to connect more… (read more)
September 17th, 2012
Members of the Mississippi Legislature unite annually to make decisions about how state funds will be spent in the next fiscal year. This practice is known as the Budget Appropriation Process. The Six Key Stages of the Budget Process… (read more)
April 2nd, 2012
HB 1396 significantly increases fess on installment loans made by small loan companies. There were 517 small loan companies with nearly $795 million in loans outstanding in 2010. House Bill 1396 Makes Small Loans More Expensive… (read more)
April 2nd, 2012
MEPC Opposes HB 1396 because it significantly drives up the cost of these loans, which are used by working familes. In its current form, HB 1396 harms working families and should not pass unless amendments are made. House Bill 1396… (read more)
February 8th, 2012
In today’s job market working adults increasingly need education beyond a high school degree to meet employer skill demands and reach wages that support their families. This fact sheet describes Dropout Recovery Funds as an avenue for advancing the 369,000… (read more)
December 12th, 2011
Whether in hospitals, schools, shipyards, grocery stores, call centers or child care centers, over 1 million adults across Mississippi work hard every day to provide for their families and drive the state’s economy. However, recessions and natural disasters have lessened… (read more)
December 8th, 2011
On October 31, 2011, the U.S. Census Bureau released new state-specific data on State and Local Government Finances. Two measures commonly used to compare state and local tax revenue levels include revenue as a percent of personal income and revenue… (read more)
October 18th, 2011
In the wake of the 2007 recession, many Mississippi families are facing challenges as they try to move toward true economic security. The Basic Economic Security Tables for Mississippi redefine what it means for Mississippi’s families to be economically secure… (read more)