Publications

December 5th, 2014

In November, Governor Bryant, as required by law, released his budget recommendation for 2016. Bryant’s budget proposes a slight increase in spending over the current year. Despite slow economic recovery, state revenueThe state’s income from any source. Mississippi revenue includes: tax… (read more)

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)

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)

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)

March 11th, 2013

Written Testimony of Ed Sivak Hope Enterprise Corporation and Mississippi Economic Policy Center Before the Mississippi House of Representatives Medicaid Committee “Medicaid Expansion Hearing”
IntroductionOver the summer, the Supreme Court affirmed nearly all aspects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the federal health… (read more)

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 Mississippians to health insurance
Not… (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)