Public Policy Blog

The latest from Southern Bancorp Community Partners’ Policy Team on issues affecting economic security in our markets and beyond.
Looking South by Southwest to Map America’s Unbanked

Looking South by Southwest to Map America’s Unbanked

By James Owen Editor’s note: This is the second blog in a series aimed at understanding the what, where, why, and how of unbanked and underbanked households. If you love maps, this is the blog post for you. And if you like numbers, here are two important ones: seven...

Talking about Poverty: Inflation Inequality

By James Owen Editor’s note: This is one in a series of blog posts to critically examine how poverty is defined, measured, and talked about, and how those conversations influence public policy. If you’ve been keeping up with our series on poverty, it should be...

Talking about Poverty: Re-examining Basic Needs

By Kathryn Hazelett Editor’s note: This is one in a series of blog posts to critically examine how poverty is defined, measured, and talked about, and how those conversations influence public policy. Now that we’ve explored the ins and outs of how we define and...

Talking about Poverty: In Need of a Refresh

By Kathryn Hazelett Editor's note: This is one in a series of blog posts to critically examine how poverty is defined, measured, and talked about, and how those conversations influence public policy. Mollie Orshansky figured out “how” we measure poverty. Her method is...

A Big Idea: Banking on Building Empathy

A Big Idea: Banking on Building Empathy

Most of us don’t think twice about how easy it is to access money. If you’re like me, it’s so easy you can do it before your first cup of coffee. Select, swipe, sip. But for too many Arkansans, just accessing their money is a challenge. Nationally, seven percent of...