Funded on May 15, 2024

The economic security and health equity (ESHE) project examines the drivers and effects of state preemption laws in Kansas and Missouri that limit local government control over economic and housing policies. This study is interested in why such laws have been preempted and how such laws impact the economic security and health equity of residents of color in the Kansas City Metropolitan area.  

The project will examine: 

  • The motivations behind state preemption and its influence on local governance. 
  • The direct consequences of these preemptive policies on communities of color, especially in terms of health and economic stability. 
  • The broader implications on regional policy-making and the potential for local innovation and advocacy in face of state-level restrictions.