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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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 key terms and provides… (read more)
Members of the Mississippi Legislature unite annually to make decisions about how state funds will be spent in the next fiscal yearThe yearly accounting period for which budget decisions are made. The fiscal yearThe yearly accounting period for which budget decisions are made. The fiscal year for the state of Mississippi extends from July 1 of one year to June 30 of the next. A fiscal year is referred to by the calendar of the year in which it ends. For example, FY 2011 began on July 1, 2010 and ended on June 30, 2011. for the state of Mississippi extends from… (read more)
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)
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)
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)