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Last month’s state revenue surge of 13 percent, compared to April of last year, is more a one-time result of federal tax changes implemented as part of the “fiscal cliff” tax and spending deal than a sign of a booming economy for Georgia. With the top federal income tax … [Read more]
The U.S. House’s Agriculture Committee passed a farm bill this week that would cut more than $20 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly the Food Stamp Program) and other nutrition services. The cuts pose a threat to thousands of Georgia families struggling to put food on… [Read more]
Tax breaks should be decided on their merits, not based on the pull of powerful lobbyists.
Unfortunately, the governor seems to have taken the opposite course this month in his treatment of two sales tax exemptions.
While he vetoed renewal of a sales tax exemption for food donated to… [Read more]
Adding Up the Fiscal Notes: Closing the Books on 2013
Tax revisions passed by the Georgia Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Nathan Deal this year will cost an estimated $168 million over five years, draining more scarce resources on top of years of damaging cuts to schools, job… [Read more]
Opponents of Medicaid expansion are misrepresenting the findings of a new study to argue that Georgia and other states shouldn’t extend this vital health coverage to more people without health insurance.
Contrary to what some in the anti-expansion camp argue, the study – which updates findings from an earlier… [Read more]
On Wednesday, May 1 GBPI will host its Spring Policy Forum, Protecting Our Investment in Georgia’s Future: Effects of Federal Budget Cuts on Georgia’s Families, Children and Schools. You will hear from experts from Washington, D.C. and Georgia on the state’s best options to support schools and families and… [Read more]
It just got tougher for Georgia’s students to afford college. Last week the Board of Regents of the state’s university system raised tuition for fall 2013. The tuition hikes range from a high of 7 percent at Georgia Tech to 2.5 percent at state universities. Students at the state’s… [Read more]
Georgia’s economy is adding jobs at a strong pace compared to other states, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Only California and Florida added more jobs than Georgia in March and the state’s unemployment rate is now at its lowest point since January… [Read more]
Unless the U.S. Congress acts soon, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, (SNAP) or “food stamp,” benefits will be cut for all participants this November. For a family of three, this would likely amount to $20 to $25 a month. The reduction will fall especially hard on families with children receiving these… [Read more]