Posts Tagged ‘Mississippi Economic Policy Center’

Study: Mississippi spends $154 million per year on teen pregnancy

Mississippi’s teen pregnancies cost taxpayers more than $154 million annually, a new study says, the greatest losses occurring due to lost tax revenues, incarceration and foster care. The state has the highest rate of teen pregnancies nationwide, and reducing that percentage is now the top priority of the Women’s Fund of Mississippi, the group that […] [...]

Report urges action for state’s un-banked

Mississippi households without checking accounts are double the national average, says a Mississippi Economic Policy Center report that urges the financial sector and communities to initiate more financial education among youngsters and adults and create more access to banking services. The report calls for several actions its authors think can transform more Mississippians into consumers […] [...]

House banking panel OKs payday-lending extension

By Ted Carter A 7-year renewal of Mississippi’s payday lending law – including a $100 increase in the amount that can be transacted — received an endorsement Tuesday from the state House’s Banking and Finance Committee. Bill sponsor Rep. George Flaggs, a Vicksburg Democrat and chair of the Banking and Finance Committee, said the bill […] [...]

Nearly 75% of Miss. workers without postsecondary degree

JACKSON — Almost 75 percent of Mississippi’s working-age adults do not have a postsecondary degree, according to the Mississippi Economic Policy Center (MEPC). This finding is included in a recently released study by MEPC on workforce development in the state and ways to build more seamless pathways to postsecondary education and higher wages for workers. […] [...]

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