January 3rd, 2014
In my last post, I discussed demographic shifts at Mississippi’s higher education institutions and how low-income, minority students often are not able to persist to a post-secondary credential due to numerous barriers. These students often share one common trait: they’re… (read more)
January 2nd, 2014
Investing in our Future (3)… (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)
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)
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)
October 18th, 2011
Report Seeks to Help Mississippi’s Working Families Understand and Achieve Economic Security  Click for Full Report Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW) in partnership with the Mississippi Economic Policy Center (MEPC) have released a new report, The Basic Economic Security Tables™… (read more)
September 26th, 2011
A second round of more definitive 2010 Census data figures released September 22nd as part of the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) show a sharp rise in poverty in every region of Mississippi last year, highlighting the widespread impact… (read more)
April 20th, 2011
Low-wage work and the absence of assets, in particular, play a huge role in determining which families avert financial disaster during an emergency and which families move forward through homeownership, education and entrepreneurship.  MEPC in partnership with the Foundation for… (read more)
October 22nd, 2010
Across Mississippi thousands of adults work hard each day to support their families and the communities in which they live. The determination and commitment of these adults is one of the state’s greatest assets. However, many of these adults, particularly… (read more)
August 12th, 2010
While the recession of 2007 is technically over, its effects remain in Mississippi. In June of 2010, over 145,000 Mississippians were unemployed.1 While the unemployment rate has declined moderately in recent months, it has steadily risen since the start of… (read more)