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    September 19th, 2014

    This month, MEPC has been focusing on jobs. One thing you often hear when lawmakers talk about creating jobs is cutting taxes. Most people have heard this so much that they believe it’s a no-brainer. Cutting taxes = more jobs?… (read more)

    September 19th, 2014

    Whenever I give a presentation to young people, I ask them to describe what they believe poverty to be. A common response is, “it means you’re poor,” followed closely by “it means you can’t buy stuff.” When I push them… (read more)

    September 12th, 2014

    This month, the Mississippi Economic Policy Center (MEPC) continues to explore the impact of jobs in the state. Accordingly, this blog focuses on one of the most important aspects of job quality – wages. Although signs point to an improved… (read more)

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    August 4th, 2014

    As state revenueThe state’s income from any source. Mississippi revenue includes: tax collections, fees, and intergovernmental grants. has returned to pre-recession levels, lawmakers have begun to talk about tax cuts as a way to make the state more economically competitive… (read more)

    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)

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