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.  Give today … [Read more]

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]

Education Savings Accounts Carry Big Sticker Shock

Georgia lawmakers are considering legislation to allow parents to take state dollars for private educational use. House Bill 243 proposes to create Education Savings Accounts (ESA) to set public money aside for educational services, including private school tuition, textbooks and curriculum materials, private tutoring and contributions to a college savings… [Read more]

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

House Budget Squeezes Schools, Health Care Providers

February 27, 2015

[Read more]The Georgia House of Representatives this week rearranged the state’s 2016 budget plan for education, health care and human services from the one the governor unveiled in January. The new version still does not include budget cuts required to pay for a pending plan to raise $1 billion for road

Health Plan Financial Challenges Remain if State Ends Coverage for Part-Time School Workers and Their Dependents

February 24, 2015

Georgia’s governor proposes in the 2016 fiscal year to eliminate State Health Benefit Plan (SHBP) coverage for bus drivers, school nutrition workers and other “non-certified” school district employees who work fewer than 30 hours per week. This move could take insurance away from more than 21,000 people while leaving the… [Read more]

Education Savings Accounts Carry Big Sticker Shock

February 19, 2015

Georgia lawmakers are considering legislation to allow parents to take state dollars for private educational use. House Bill 243 proposes to create Education Savings Accounts (ESA) to set public money aside for educational services, including private school tuition, textbooks and curriculum materials, private tutoring and contributions to a college savings… [Read more]

Overview: 2016 Fiscal Year for Department of Community Health

February 10, 2015

The governor’s proposed 2016 budget directs $2.45 billion to the Department of Community Health, not including money for agencies attached for administrative purposes. That is a $27.8 million decline from the 2015 budget approved last spring. The department operates nine programs, although more than 96 percent of general fund spending,… [Read more]

Tax Plan Needs Course Correction

February 4, 2015

House Transportation Package Leaves out New Revenues, Could Harm Key Services
Georgia needs a sustained commitment to transportation that includes new revenues or it will struggle to thrive in the 21st century. A funding proposal unveiled by House legislative leaders in January 2015 includes some reasonable reforms of Georgia’s gas… [Read more]

Overview of Georgia’s 2016 Fiscal Year Human Services Budget

February 3, 2015

More for Child Welfare, but Other Services Still in Need
The governor’s $547 million human services budget proposed for the 2016 fiscal year makes strategic additions to help protect Georgia’s children and adults, but falls short of meeting the many different needs of its growing population. The spending plan promises… [Read more]