May 27th, 2015
Across the United States, many women face disparities in wages and employment while providing for their families and balancing child care and other family responsibilities. The growing number of families headed by single mothers exacerbates these issues.  In Mississippi, the… (read more)
March 17th, 2015
Big tax cuts that largely benefit corporations and wealthy Mississippians are unaffordable and will erode our ability to support schools, universities, roads and bridges and public safety. Big tax cuts will undermine our future by making it harder for the… (read more)
January 28th, 2015
Mississippi families are struggling to make ends meet despite working hard and playing by the rules. The federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) gives many of these families the boost they need to be more financially secure. Mississippi can also… (read more)
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 revenue for FY 2016 is projected to increase $166… (read more)
August 4th, 2014
As state revenue has returned to pre-recession levels, lawmakers have begun to talk about tax cuts as a way to make the state more economically competitive and help working families.  No specific proposals have been released, but below are some… (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… (read more)