Research by Roger Moore


Policy Analysis | April 2021

Appropriations and Revenue Committee Structures in the South

Nick Bowman and Roger Moore

The appropriation of state funds through the budget and regulation of state revenue collections are two of the most critical tasks of state legislatures. The budget sets the state's goals and priorities for the next fiscal year or biennium, while tax rates ensure that the state has sufficient revenue to meet those goals. Consequently, legislative committees dedicated to appropriations and revenue have an essential role in this process. State legislatures have numerous structures for appropriations and revenue committees. Some chambers have an Appropriations Committee and a Ways and Means Committee, while others have multiple committees dedicated to separate appropriations categories. This report examines the different appropriations and revenue committee structures in the South.

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Webinar | April 2021

The Impact of COVID-19 on Mental Health and Suicide Trends

Roger Moore

The Impact of COVID-19 on Mental Health and Suicide Trends The COVID-19 pandemic has caused anxiety, isolation and economic pain for millions of people, leading to a deterioration in mental health. According to a survey released in August 2020 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 40 percent of respondents reported having symptoms of anxiety or depression or increased substance abuse, in addition to other related struggles, as a result of the pandemic. Meanwhile, more than 10 percent reported seriously considering suicide in the preceding 30 days. This program reviews the immediate and long-term implications of the pandemic for mental health and suicide trends and examines what states can do to address this critical public health issue.

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Rashon Lane, Behavioral Scientist, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Georgia
Rebecca Leeb, Ph.D., Health Scientist/Epidemiologist, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Georgia


Policy Analysis | April 2021

Coronavirus Impacts on State Legislatures: 2021

Mikko Lindberg, Roger Moore, Nick Bowman, Cody Allen, and Amanda Budd

Last updated: April 2, 2021

As of March 31, 2021, approximately 2.8 million people worldwide, including 548,000 Americans, have died from the coronavirus pandemic. On December 11, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved an emergency use authorization for Pfizer/BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine. On December 18, 2020, the FDA issued an emergency use authorization for the Moderna vaccine for use in individuals 18 or older. On February 27, 2021, the FDA issued an emergency use authorization for Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed a recommended schedule for states to administer these vaccines. As of March 2, approximately 79 million vaccinations have been administered in the United States. Against this backdrop, Southern legislatures are convening for their 2021 legislative sessions.

This SLC Policy Analysis, updated as new measures are implemented, tracks the special measures that Southern legislatures are adopting in order to meet safely in 2021.

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More Research by Roger Moore


Policy Analysis | February 2021

2020 Medicaid Enrollment in the SLC Region

Webinar | September 2020

Alternative Payment Models in Healthcare

Policy Analysis | January 2020

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

Other | December 2019

Issues to Watch - 2020

Policy Analysis | December 2019

Motor Fuel Evaporation Deductions

SLC Regional Resource | September 2019

Scoot Over: The Growth of Micromobility in the South

SLC Regional Resource | April 2019

Surprise Medical Billing in the South: A Balancing Act

Other | January 2019

Issues to Watch - 2019

SLC Issue Brief | October 2018

The Growth of Synthetic Opioids in the South

Policy Analysis | September 2018

Poverty Statistics for Southern States

Policy Analysis | August 2018

Suicide Rates in the South

Policy Analysis | August 2018

Apprenticeships in the South

Policy Analysis | June 2018

Distracted Driving Laws in SLC Member States

Policy Analysis | April 2018

SLC - China Trade Data

SLC Issue Brief | January 2018

The State of Retail in Southern States

SLC Special Series Report | December 2017

Long-Term Care in the South (Part II)

SLC Regional Resource | June 2017

STEM Teacher Preparation and Retention in the South

Policy Analysis | April 2017

Cross-State Health Insurance Policies

Policy Analysis | April 2017

Fixed-Rate Tuition Pricing

Policy Analysis | March 2017

Human Trafficking

SLC Special Series Report | January 2017

Long-Term Care in the South (Part 1)

Policy Analysis | June 2016

Pardons in SLC Member States

SLC Regional Resource | May 2016

Spread of Zika: Impact on Southern States

Policy Analysis | May 2016

Recent numbers on Zika Infections