VIDEO: How GBPI Shows Georgia What’s Possible

At the Capitol, at PTA meetings and at community meetings across the state, GBPI’s experts make the case for better access to education, health care and opportunity for all Georgians.
Watch this three-minute video to see how we work to make Georgia a more prosperous place for everyone.

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Georgia Budget Primer 2015

GBPI is proud to publish the latest edition of our annual comprehensive analysis of the state’s financial blueprint, the “Georgia Budget Primer 2015.”
This primer is a clear explanation of the state’s revenue collections and its current spending plan through next June. The 2015 edition tells the story of a… [Read more]

New GBPI Survey: Students Still Feel Budget Cuts’ Sting

[Read more]Here is a status report on the state of education in Georgia, from someone who knows: “Delayed instructional initiatives, depleted reserves, increased class sizes, frozen wages, deferred maintenance and negligible bus replacement. It doesn’t take great imagination to envision what could have been done over the last five years with

How Squeezed is Your School District?

This search engine is courtesy of EmpowerED… [Read more], a nonprofit focused on building a grassroots movement of parents, educators and other people in the community to support public education in Georgia. The search engine quickly references district-level data previously only available to a reader through cross-referencing multiple spreadsheets in the

Recent Reports

Money Matters: Increased Education Investment Linked to Higher Achievement

December 16, 2014

Money invested in student learning matters. This is the conclusion most researchers reach after examining the relationship between funding and student achievement. It means Georgia is headed in the wrong direction as ongoing austerity cuts slashed $8.3 billion from state public school funding since 2003. Students across the state suffer… [Read more]

Better Pay for Honest Work

November 12, 2014

Raise Georgia’s Minimum Wage to Expand Middle Class, Strengthen Economy
Georgia’s economy is increasingly tilted toward the types of jobs that don’t pay workers enough to make ends meet or keep their families out of poverty. They are food servers at local restaurants. Retail clerks selling products they can’t afford.… [Read more]

Cutting Class to Make Ends Meet 2014

October 16, 2014

Schools across Georgia continue to scramble to meet students’ needs as they cope with years of deep cuts in state funding. A new Georgia Budget and Policy Institute survey of school systems finds districts raised class sizes and cut instructional programs in response to state cuts. A modest increase of… [Read more]

Medicaid Expansion a Shot in the Arm for Coastal Georgia

September 8, 2014

About 50,000 uninsured Georgians in the 10-county Coastal Georgia region could get guaranteed health coverage if Georgia accepts new federal money to expand Medicaid eligibility. That is about half the area residents between 18 and 64 without health coverage in 2012, the last year of available data. It’s the third… [Read more]

The Schoolhouse Squeeze 2014

September 4, 2014

State Cuts, Lost Property Values Still Pinch School Districts
Georgia’s 180 school districts continue to face enormous financial pressures. The Georgia Legislature cut more than $8.4 billion in funding for public schools in recent years. At the same time, local funding for schools slipped precipitously following the plunge in property… [Read more]

State of Working Georgia 2014

August 27, 2014

Workers Squeezed by Tough Labor Market, Shrinking Paychecks
Georgia’s economy has improved markedly since the darkest days of the Great Recession, but workers and their families remain pinched from the lingering fallout. Unemployment remains high, wages are depressed and many workers are stuck in low-quality jobs. African-Americans and Georgians with… [Read more]