December 10th, 2012
Testimony of Ed Sivak: Hope Enterprise Corporation and Mississippi Economic Policy Center (MEPC)Before the Joint Meeting of the Senate Public Health and Insurance Committees on “Medicaid Expansion” Medicaid Expansion is a Good Deal• Creates over 9,000 jobs • Connects 310,000… (read more)
December 3rd, 2012
Developmental education courses offer a route to college-readiness for over 22,000 of community college students across Mississippi each year. However, taking developmental education courses requires additional time and financial resources from students, and as a result, students in remedial courses… (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
MEPC’s updated budget guide, The Nuts and Bolts of the Mississippi Budget: A Taxpayer’s Guide to the Mississippi Budget  is a valuable resource to help taxpayers better understand the Mississippi budget and tax system. The guide includes over 60 useful… (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)
January 25th, 2012
Mississippi’s labor force remains one of the state’s greatest assets. However, the last ten years have made many Mississippi workers and their families feel less financially secure. As Mississippi’s economy, jobs, and workforce recover from the two recessions of the… (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)