Publications + Reports

Institute staff and collaborators disseminate their research and analysis and education on Institute core issues of race, poverty, and migration, their interconnections, and Catholic Social Teaching through a variety of publications and reports:

The JustSouth E-News is published in months in which our JustSouth Quarterly is not published, usually six to seven times a year. It usually includes articles by the staff, links to new reports and releases from regional and national sources on race, poverty, and migration, upcoming Institute events, and occasional “action alerts” about pressing social policy matters. View archives »

The JustSouth Quarterly is the principle journal for in-depth research and writing of the Institute staff and collaborators. It reflects our research, analysis and education, as well as content from our periodic conferences and events. View archives »

In addition, the Institute publishes occasional issue papers, the texts of addresses by the staff and colleagues, and JSRI conference documents as free-standing reports to supplement our regular publications. View archives »

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E-Newsletter: Is the problem oil prices or tax structures?

What does the price of oil have to do with cuts to higher education and healthcare? 

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E-Newsletter: Honor Our Sacred Obligation: Raise the Minimum Wage

Dr. Mikulich explores the demands made during the March on Washington with the fight for an increased minimum wage today. 

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Report: Too Much for Too Many

What does it cost families to live in Louisiana? 

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E-Newsletter: What do Duck Dynasty and Wal-Mart have in common?

Louisiana's $1 Billion Giveaway

Giveaways cost the U.S. taxpayers $50 billion a year


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E-Newsletter: Refusing to Expand Medicaid: Political Decisions with Deadly Consequences

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) had three major provisions to promote expanded health coverage to Americans: a mandate for employers with fifty or more full-time employees to provide health insurance; an individual mandate to purchase insurance (with federal subsidies to assist families with incomes below 400% of the federal poverty level); and expansion of Medicaid coverage to all individuals with incomes at or below 138% of the federal poverty level.  (138% of the federal poverty line is now $16,105 per year for an individual or $27,310 for a family of three.) 

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E-Newsletter: Won't raising the minimum wage cost jobs?

The minimum wage debate is hot. The Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013 (FMWA) would raise the minimum from $7.25 to $10.10 over three years and then index to inflation. Why? 

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Quarterly: Where are the Jobs?

While the stock market is soaring to set new records and CEOs are taking home cash and stock options, high rates of unemployment remain. The “official” unemployment rate for April 2013 was 7.5 percent, representing 11.7 million persons, of whom 4.4 million have been unemployed for at least six months.

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E-Newsletter: Minimum Wage: Gateway to Worker Dignity

Why does the Catholic Church continue to support increases in the minimum wage?  Because, as Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of the Diocese of Stockton told the U.S. Senate last month, “A just wage is a moral issue…”

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Report: Challenges before Catholic Social Teaching in the 21st Century

It is important to note that, if this is an organic tradition, then there is more to be done. There are a number of questions either not addressed, or not adequately addressed, by the main documents in the tradition or that need repetition because we just don’t “get it.” Moreover, social and economic changes in the future will give rise to the need for new reflection from the perspective of faith.

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E-Newsletter: Their Stake in Medicaid Expansion

A report this month from the Kaiser Family Foundation highlights the disproportionately negative impact on people of color of decisions by Gulf South governors and legislatures and those in other states. 

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