Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Mississippi Center for Public Policy

Gunn remains opposed to Medicaid expansion

House Speaker Philip Gunn said Monday that the best accomplishments of the legislature this session included criminal justice reform, rural broadband, and human trafficking...

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State budget grows by almost 4 percent

Thanks to an increased tax revenue forecasts, the Mississippi legislature will be spending more taxpayer money going into an election year. The state’s budget...

The economy is booming, but not everywhere

Low unemployment rates, high labor force participation rates, positive employment and labor force changes, and increasing wages define the strong small metro areas in...

Criminal justice reform, Fresh Start Act, donor privacy highlight session

The Mississippi legislature wrapped up the 2019 session last week a few days early, but still managed to pass 366 out of the 2,876...

The reality of religious discrimination on college campuses

Officials at the University of Iowa have recently challenged a small group of Christians, students of the university, for supposedly threatening the university’s human...

Teacher salary ranking jumps when adjusted for cost of living

Mississippi teachers make less than their counterparts nationally in the 50 states and the District of Columbia, but when Mississippi’s low cost of living...

An ambassador for Jackson

While the Jackson City Council considers an ordinance which could drastically limit Airbnb and other short-term rental properties in the area, Jan Serpente continues...

How many bills became law?

Mississippi legislators drafted plenty of bills this year, but very few became law. Despite the largest number of total bills presented in the last...

State borrows nearly $400 million from taxpayers

Before the Mississippi legislature left town Friday as the session came to a close, it added $371 million in debt in the form of...