Public Policy

At Southern Bancorp Community Partners, we believe in helping working families and economically distressed communities grow through small scale, one-on-one interactions. However, we also believe in achieving large-scale national, state, and community-wide change through public policies that give everyone the opportunity to pull themselves up by their bootstraps.

Public Policy Blog

2019 Arkansas Legislative Recap

2019 Arkansas Legislative Recap

By Janie Ginocchio A few weeks ago, we shared exciting news that the Arkansas General Assembly passed legislation making it easier for Arkansans to save at tax time. But Act 774 of 2019 is not the only bill passed during the 2019 Arkansas legislative session that is...

Make Your Voice Heard About Payday Lending

Make Your Voice Heard About Payday Lending

By Kathryn Hazelett Back in 2004, Southern was a part of a group called Arkansans Against Abusive Payday Lenders (AAAPL), whose sole purpose was to remove payday lenders from Arkansas. It took another five years, many hours in court, and strong advocates in both the...

Tax Time is Now Savings Time in Arkansas!

Tax Time is Now Savings Time in Arkansas!

Back in October, we wrote about the need to save, specifically at tax time. Why? Because that’s the time that most Americans receive their largest lump sum all year. Combined with research that shows savings habits are stronger when money is immediately placed into a...

Focus Areas

savers like Marianne Dolls inspire us to focus on public policy
Southern Bancorp Community Partners focuses on a wide range of issues that impact working families, from those that help build wealth such as savings programs and asset building programs, to those that reduce wealth such as a predatory payday lending. Our policy team works with national and state partners in Arkansas, Mississippi, and beyond to ensure that the needs of our communities are addressed by policymakers. To learn more about individual issues, sign up for our newsletter or contact our policy team at the link below.

Publications

Southern Bancorp Community Partners believes in sound research to support our policy positions. Click the link below to view our past publications and learn more about our issues.
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