Advocacy is one of the primary activities of JSRI and takes a number of forms. Institute staff, collaborators, and stakeholders engage in advocacy on social and economic issues through researching legislative issues, providing testimony to legislative bodies, meeting and corresponding with legislators and staff members of the region, representing our concerns in local, state, and national administrative forums, and conducting public events such as hearings and press conferences. JSRI offers assistance to other advocates by providing background research for testimony and participating in collaborative campaigns to promote values such as the common good and the preferential option for the poor, and by integrating public ethics into the fostering of public policy.
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From the 06/05/15 White House Study, Gulf South states would benefit the most from Medicaid Expansion in 2016.
"I urge you to sign on to Congressman Terrell F. Waters letter to the Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Mr. Richard Cordray to strengthen the CFPB’s payday lending rule."
"I am writing to urge you to take a significant step to address our state’s fiscal crisis and reducing over-incarceration."
JSRI comments on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's initial rule on payday lending.
This Thursday, April 16 6-7:00 in front of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
On March 26th the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that they are considering proposing rules that would end payday debt traps by requiring lenders to take steps to make sure consumers can repay their loans.