Public Policy Blog

The latest from Southern Bancorp Community Partners’ Policy Team on issues affecting economic security in our markets and beyond.

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...

Talking about Poverty: Food Costs in the 1950s

Talking about Poverty: Food Costs in the 1950s

By Kathryn Hazelett Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of blog posts to critically examine how poverty is defined, measured, and talked about, and how those conversations influence public policy. I know, I know. We’ve been talking about poverty. Why are we...